Opel finally unveiled the new Astra GTC. The automaker claims that its new, UK-developed Astra GTC will be the most dynamic car in its class when it’s launched later this year.
Closely based on last year’s stunning GTC Paris concept, the production Astra GTC enters the UK market – the biggest in Europe for this model – priced from £18,495, nearly £1,100 less than the basic VW Scirocco.
Even in entry-level Sport trim, the GTC comes equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, DAB stereo and USB functionality.
Move up to the top-spec SRi, and buyers get as standard tinted glass, onboard computer, leather-trimmed steering wheel and fog lamps. The latest generation Bi-Xenon Advanced Forward Lighting (AFL), which offers nine separate light beams, is optional across the range.
A range of new colours and materials, bespoke to the GTC, set the car apart from others in the Astra range. Morello Red, a new premium leather trim, is also available as an option and brings with it six-way adjustable front seats.
In Europe, four engines will be offered: three petrol and one diesel. The line-up kicks off with a 88kW 1.4 litre turbo petrol, along with a 103kW version of the same engine. This latter engine spec is also offered with Australia’s Holden Cruze SRi. A 133kW 1.6 litre turbo rounds out the petrol engines, while a 121kW 2.0 litre turbodiesel holds up the diesel engine.
Compared to the five-door Astra, the ride height of the GTC is lowered by 15 mm while the wheelbase grows by 10 mm, from 2,685 to 2,695 mm and both tracks are wider, at 1,584 mm (+ 40 mm) in front and 1,588 mm (+ 30 mm) in the rear. In addition, six of the seven 17- to 20-inch wheel designs on offer are also GTC-only features.
Key technologies fitted on the new Astra GTC include a second-generation Opel Eye front camera system, Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR), a new Following Distance Indication function (FDI), as well as a new, fourth-generation Bi-Xenon Advanced Forward Lighting (AFL 4).