The German automaker doesn’t seem too frightful of the backlash against diesel engines stemming from the VW Dieselgate scandal, with the Astra treated to a hot new biturbo mill.
The Opel Astra is already off to a great start in terms of deliveries a across Europe and the automaker is ready to keep things interesting with the introduction of this new 1.6-liter biturbo diesel engine, delivering 160 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque (350 Nm). According to the brand, the engine fits the description of a client wanting “hot chili sauce on his toast,” though the 1.6 BiTurbo CDTI mill also pretty careful with the said owner’s wallet. That’s because it will have a fuel economy rating of 58.8-57.4 miles per gallon (4.0-4.1 liters per 100 kilometers) on the NEDC combined cycle with corresponding CO2 emissions of 106-109 grams per kilometer.
The Opel Astra hatchback with the 1.6 biturbo diesel will handle the 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint in 8.6 seconds, with the 50 to 75 mph (80 to 120 km/h) acceleration time of 7.5 seconds and a maximum speed of 137 mph (220 km/h). For now the four-cylinder 1.6 BiTurbo engine packing sequential, two-stage turbocharging, is mated exclusively to the six-speed manual transmission. In Germany, the Opel Astra – the European Car of the Year – with the 1.6 BiTurbo CDTI will be priced from € 27,310. So far the hatchback is the only version to get it, but Opel is expected to expand its availability to the very practical Astra Sports Tourer in the near future.