For the first time in the brand’s history, Opel is unveiling a world premiere in Russia, the all-new Astra sedan.
The car has been revealed at the Moscow International Auto Salon, opened today in the Russian capital. In addition to the new version of the Astra, the Moscow auto show also hosts the facelifted Astra range, including the Astra five-door and the Astra Sports Tourer.
The new Astra sedan looks very much like the Buick Verano, itself based on the Opel Astra. The car measures 4,658 mm in length, 1,814 mm in width and 1,476 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,685 mm. According to Opel, the Astra sedan has a generous interior space and also a large boot: 460 liters, 90 more than the hatchback’s. By folding the 60:40 split rear bench flat the luggage volume can be increased up to a maximum of 1,010 liters.
The new Astra sedan debuts a new generation of engines, with the 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine being the first revealed by Opel. The unit features central direct injection and Start/Stop technology and develops a maximum torque of 300 Nm.
Opel chose Russia to host the Astra sedan world premiere as the local market is the second largest in Europe for the Russelsheim-based carmaker after Germany. In 2011, Opel sold around 70,000 vehicles in Russia, while in the first seven months of this year, the German carmaker saw a sales increase of 29 percent, more than twice as fast as the market. Also, four-door sedans and SUVs are the best sold models in Russia.