2016 Opel Astra spied image

A new generation of the Opel Astra is currently in the works as a test mule has been recently caught on camera by our spy photographers.

Six years after the current Astra J has been introduced, the German based automaker Opel is currently working on a new generation of its popular C-segment hatchback. The model in question is just around the corner as this isn’t the first time when we get to see a test mule and chances are the company will be officially pulling the wraps off its body later on this year, maybe during the Geneva Motor Show, in March, or six months later, at the Frankfurt automotive event.

The 2016 Opel Astra, or the Opel Astra K as it will be known, will be entirely new and it will be riding on a different platform, not a revamped 10-year old one, shared with the new Chevy Volt. This is called the D2XX and it is also capable of handling the all-wheel drive layout, so don’t look too surprised if the next Astra OPC decides to go AWD on us. In terms of design, the boomerang shape taillights will be added, along with a stylish front fascia, but the overall looks will make it instantly recognizable.

Expect the same 3-door and 5-door hatchbacks body styles, along with the wagon. The new Opel Astra K will be getting the usual four-cylinder engine lineup under its hood, but a new 1.0 liter EcoTec three-cylinder is also expected to be introduced, with its 115 HP, going against the Ford Focus 1-liter EcoBoost. More details on the 2016 Astra are limited for the moment and will most likely be announced later on this year, when it will be unveiled.