By Opel the time has come to present the sixth generation of its Astra. This is a highly anticipated model of which some early images had recently been shown even though the vehicle still appeared disguised. Compared to the previous generation, the new Opel Astra changes radically and is also offered for the first time in plug-in hybrid version with two power levels.
To be able to drive it, however, it will be necessary to have a little patience. The automaker says that orders will start next fall. The first customers will receive them at the beginning of 2022. Let’s see all the main details.
New Opel Astra rests on the EMP2 platform and measurement 4,374 mm long x 1,860 mm wide x 1,470 mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,675 mm. Thanks to the particularly short front overhang, the new model is only 4 mm longer than the previous one, although the wheelbase has increased by 13 mm. The trunk features a capacity of 422 liters with adjustable bottom.
Speaking of design, Opel has further evolved its new “bold and pure” style philosophy which debuted on the new Mokka. In front we find the well known “Opel Vizor”, that is the “face” that will characterize all the new cars of the brand and which in this case extends over the entire front, making the new Opel Astra appear even wider. The ultra-flat front headlights also stand out from the front Intelli-Lux LED and the front camera of the Intelli-Vision system.
Thanks to the pronounced forward inclination of the C-pillar, the new Astra can count on a dynamic appearance. Behind, however, the logo positioned in the center, the brake light aligned vertically and positioned at the top and the LED light clusters stand out. Many new features are also found inside. The interior has been made much more modern. Thanks to the debut of the “Pure Panel“, the analogue instrumentation is completely abandoned in favor of the digital one. In fact, two 10-inch screens stand out, the first for the actual instrumentation and the second for the connected infotainment.
The construction is made in such a way as to prevent upward reflections in the windshield and allows you to do without the cover over the screens. The interior design is very clean, with the physical controls reduced to the essentials. Speaking of infotainment, Opel makes it known that support is available for Apple CarPlay (also wireless) and Android Auto (also wireless). The interiors can also count on AGR certified ergonomic seats.
As for the engines, Opel has made it known that the new Astra will also be marketed with petrol and diesel engines with powers ranging from 81 kW (110 hp) to 96 kW (130 hp). As mentioned at the beginning, there will be two Plug-in versions. These are the same powertains already seen on the new Peugeot 308 capable of delivering 132 kW (180 hp) and 162 kW (225 hp). No mention on the battery and autonomy in electric only. However, as in the 308, there should be a 12.4 kWh accumulator capable of offering a mileage of about 55-60 km.
The six-speed gearbox is standard on petrol and diesel units, while the eight-speed automatic is an option on more powerful engines (standard on Plug-ins). For the complete technical details it will be necessary to wait a few more weeks. On the safety front, the new Opel Astra can count on multiple latest generation ADAS systems.
In addition to the multifunction camera in the windshield, Opel has placed four cameras in the bodywork (one at the front, one at the rear and one on each side), five radar sensors (one at the front and one at each corner), and ultrasonic sensors at the front. and rear. Thanks to these devices, the car can have the Intelli-Drive, an assisted driving system that also adapts speed when cornering and performs semi-automatic lane changes. We also have extended traffic sign recognition and the rear cross-traffic alert system.