While these aren't the first photos of the all-new Astra, they are certainly the best we've seen up until now, revealing Opel's (Vauxhall in the UK) new subcompact hatch in all its glory ahead of its scheduled world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Clearly influenced by the Insignia, the sixth generation Astra hatch is based on GM's new Delta platform that also underpins the Chevy Volt and Cruze models and it comes with a new set of engines including 1.4-liter and 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol units.
2010 Opel Astra - CarscoopEuropean buyers of the Astra will be able to select from a broad selection of gasoline and diesel engines. Aside from an entry-level 1.4-naturally aspirated engine and the Insignia-derived 1.6-liter Turbo with 180HP, the Astra's petrol range will also include GM's new 1.4-liter turbocharged unit. It will be offered with outputs ranging from 120 hp to 140 hp and torque values of 175 to 200 Nm. General Motors says that the 1.4 Turbo engine will deliver fuel savings of up to 8 percent compared to the naturally aspirated 1.6 and 1.8-liter engines that it will replace.
A selection of engines will be available beginning with a 1.4-litre naturally aspirated petrol. A turbo 1.4-litre is also on the cards and will deliver power outputs ranging from 120hp (88kW) to 140hp (103kW). Torque is said to range from 175Nm to 200Nm. There is also the 1.6-litre turbo from the Insignia with 180hp (132kW).
The diesel range comprises of 1.3-liter, 1.7-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged units ranging from 95 to 160HP while Opel also plans to introduce an ecoFLEX version with low CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy sometime in 2010.
No Astra engine range is complete without the turbo diesel. On that front 1.3-litre, 1.7-litre and 2.0-litre turbo diesels are to be sold.
2010 Opel Astra - CarscoopUnlike VW's rivaling Golf VI with its stale design language that keeps evolving from previous generation models, the new Astra features a new design and from what we reckon by looking at the photos, it will be a head turner. It's up to date and clean looks combine a sleek and sporty shape with the latest Opel styling cues such as the characteristic scalloped side blades and the Insignia-inspired headlights.
The new Astra goes on sale in Europe in the autumn of 2010 in the five-door shape. Later on in the year and in early 2011 the GTC coupe and wagon versions will follow. Previous reports suggest that the US market may get the Astra as a Buick sometime in 2011. Before then it will be exhibited at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.
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