Planned – Opel Astra GSi image

The German based automaker Opel is planning to bring back the GSi moniker to the next generation of the Astra which will be unveiled later on this year.

The 2016 Opel Astra is just around the corner and it is promising to be better than before but in between tweaking its size, engine lineup, design, technologies used and the quality of materials in the cabin, the model will also bring back the GSi moniker from the dead. According to the guys from Auto Express, the model in question will hit the markets and such a prototype, equipped with a dual exhaust system, enlarged alloy wheels and several other tweaks has been caught on camera while it was being tested out.

The new Opel Astra GSi will sit below the range-topping OPC version and it is believed to get approximately 250 HP (186 kW), meaning that it will be capable of taking on models such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI or the Ford Focus ST. This will be taking its power from the turbocharged 2.0 liter gasoline burner which has a pretty good chance of making its way under the hood of a wagon Astra GSi. The range-topping Astra OPC has an unconfirmed output at this time but don’t act too surprised if this will become a rival for the Ford Focus RS and other vehicles in the segment. The new generation of the Opel Astra, the K, will be unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, in September. The GSi is said to come out in 2016 while the OPC will follow it a year later.