June 15, 2012
The new Opel Astra line-up: More variety, engines and high-tech features
New powerful engines: 195 hp 2.0 BiTurbo CDTI and 280 hp 2.0 gasoline turbo unit
Full spectrum: from 99g/km CO2 ecoFLEX to high performance OPC version
New assistance systems extend broad offer of innovative technology
Sharper design underscores sporty style and high technical standards
New sedan completes Astra line-up
Rüsselsheim. With its new sedan variant, new state-of-the-art powerhouse engines and
assistance systems plus fresh design, Opel is enhancing its successful, award-winning
compact bestseller and is making the new Astra line-up even more sporty and and diverse.
A sharper exterior and interior appearance underscores the sportiness and technical
strengths of the compact car line. With the new sedan, the five-door variant, the Sports
Tourer station wagon and the three-door GTC coupé as well as its high performance OPC
version, the diverse Astra line-up is now complete.
The Opel CEO, Karl-Friedrich Stracke: “The new Opel Astra line-up is off to a flying start.
We are expanding our model spectrum as well as the offer of highly efficient engines and
innovative assistance technologies. The design has been further updated and sharpened.
In that sense, we are offering the most emotional execution of German engineering in the
hotly contested compact segment.”
This claim is supported by new state-of-the art engines that as of now and during the next
six months will expand the already diverse performance spectrum of the Astra powertrain
offer. The new Astra OPC which can already be ordered with its 2.0 turbocharged direct
injection gasoline engine promises lots of fun behind the wheel. With an output of 206
kW/280 hp and maximum torque of 400 Newtonmeters, the Astra OPC is not only the most
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powerful Astra ever but also the fastest: the top speed of this powerhouse coupé is 250
km/h and it can sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in just 6.0 seconds.
The fastest diesel Astra ever can be ordered starting in the fall: The new 2.0 BiTurbo CDTI
with 143 kW/195 hp output and an impressive 400 Nm of torque is already known from the
Insignia, but now for the first time introduces the sophisticated sequential BiTurbo engine
technology to the mass production compact segment. Powered by two turbochargers that
work together, this engine enables excellent performance combined with low fuel
consumption in the Astra five-door, the Sports Tourer and the GTC. These three different
body styles provide a choice of a high performance diesel models that is unparalleled in
the compact segment.
Opel can also announce enhancements to its already existing 1.4 liter turbocharged
gasoline unit with 103 kW/140 hp. This engine is now equipped with an overboost function
that temporarily gives the vehicle an extra 10 percent burst of torque from 200 to 220 Nm
which is very useful when overtaking for example.
Full spectrum – from 99 g/km CO2 ecoFLEX to high performance OPC variant
On the powertrain side, the new Astra line-up is able to satisfy an extraordinary array of
customer wishes, from the most fuel efficient Astra ever, the 1.7 CDTI ecoFLEX (81
kW/110 hp and 96 kW/130 hp) with only 99 g/km CO2 (3.7 l/100 km) to the strongest
diesel-powered Astra with its new 195 hp BiTurbo CDTI engine and the most powerful
Astra in history, the new Astra OPC with 280 hp. Not forgetting the recent launch of the 1.4
turbocharged LPG versions (103 kW/140 hp) at the start of 2012, the powertrain offer of
the Astra line-up is one of the most diverse in the compact segment. Furthermore, early
next year the range will benefit from the introduction of the new SIDI (Spark Ignition Direct
Injection) ECOTEC gasoline engine generation with a 1.6 liter displacement and
turbocharging, providing not just ultra-efficient fuel consumption but also a very
comfortable drive in the upper output level of up to 200 hp.
New assistance systems expand broad offer of innovative technologies
Further highlights which help to elevate the technical standards to an even more advanced
level are also to be found in the field of driver assistance systems. Many premium
technologies that have had their debut in the Insignia and the Zafira Tourer are now also
available for the new Astra line-up for even more safety and comfort. These include the
second generation Opel Eye front camera with the enhanced traffic sign assistant
(TSA II), lane departure warning (LDW), following distance indication (FDI) and
forward collision alert (FCA). These systems issue warnings to help prevent critical
situations for example when the driver is distracted or loses concentration.
Other assistance systems include the rear view camera, advanced park assist that
identifies spaces and aids with parking, as well as a side blind spot alert and a radar-
based adaptive cruise control (ACC) with automatic collision imminent braking (CIB)
which works in the range of 50 km/h to 180 km/h. The ACC helps the driver maintain the
selected speed by automatically accelerating or decelerating while keeping a pre-set safety
distance to the vehicle ahead.
The new systems complement the already existing broad Astra offer of innovative
technologies, some of which are unique in the compact segment, while others are rarely
found among competitors. These include the latest generation of intelligent adaptive
forward lighting (AFL+) with bi-xenon headlamps and a host of sophisticated lighting
functions, including high beam assist, dynamic curve light, cornering light, and variable
light distribution that automatically adjusts according to prevailing conditions, including
even the weather.
FlexRide for best possible ride and handling, HiPerStruts in all Astra GTC and OPC
On top of the already dynamic driving characteristics of the Astra, customers can opt for
Opel’s intelligent mechatronic FlexRide system which adjusts automatically to the
prevailing driving conditions and offers three modes: Standard, the comfort-oriented “Tour”
mode and the more active “Sport” mode.
For sportier ride and handling, the Astra GTC and OPC models feature HiPerStruts (High
Performance Struts) on the front wheel suspensions. The HiPerStruts improve grip,
increase cornering power and significantly reduce torque steer allowing drivers to get the
most out of the Astra’s performance.
For added comfort, ergonomic seats are offered in all Astra models. The AGR certified
seats (Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V) are easy on the backs of the driver and front
The FlexFix bicycle carrier system which is exclusive to Opel is fully integrated in the
rear bumper where it disappears like a drawer when not in use. The clever onboard system
of the latest generation allows the Astra Sports Tourer to transport up to four bikes at a
time. The five-door version can take up to two-bikes.
The Panoramic windscreen invented and patented by Opel reaches all the way to the
middle of the car roof and thus gives the driver and all passengers in the Astra GTC and
OPC models an extraordinary visual, space and driving experience. In contrast to other
glass roof solutions, there is no transverse spar that reduces visibility.
Fresh Astra design with more sporty and upmarket accents
The Astra five-door and the Sports Tourer have been given a fresh face that is even more,
sporty and upmarket than before. This also applies to the new four-door Astra sedan. The
Opel design team concentrated on the front by giving it a more pronounced lower grille
inspired by the design of the recently launched Astra GTC, featuring a grille mesh with a
more technically precise design. The upper grill of the five-door, Sports Tourer and the
four-door sedan has been given a more prominent wing-like chrome bar with three-
dimensional visual depth to it. The new chrome bar has turned up tips, is more centered
and appears to be floating in the grille. By adding black inserts to the headlamps, the entry
level “Essentia” and the “Enjoy” trim levels have been given a more sporty design
execution of the lights. LED daytime running lights are now also available with standard
At the rear, the license plate pocket of the Astra five-door has been sculpted in a new way
creating more visual width. In both the five-door and the Sports Tourer, there is a new
chrome strip in the bumper just below the license plate pocket that also adds to the
impression of width.
The new BiTurbo high performance diesel variants of the five-door, Sports Tourer and GTC
have been given an even sportier and sharper exterior appearance which varies from
model to model. The front fascia of the BiTurbo Astra body versions (GTC, Sports Tourer
and 5-door) underscore the cars’ high performance and more aggressive nature. The
upper grille has a similar shape as the one used on the Astra GTC, however the front bar is
always in body color and the five-door sedan and Sports Tourer BiTurbo models feature
the new wing-shaped bar across the grille. The lower air intake area has also been given a
sporty design treatment: the area where the central grille merges into the outer grille has
been sculpted in a shark-fin like shape, making the car appear more aggressive than a
conventional Astra. The side window surround has chrome inserts. At the rear, two exhaust
tail pipes and a more prominent rear bumper shape, give the car an added muscular
Inside the cabin, the Astra five-door, the Sports Tourer and the four-door sedan have been
made sportier, more lively and varied by using new fabrics, colors, décor moldings with
new glossy paint. In the case of the BiTurbo models, JetBlack colored fabrics or leather are
combined with Magic Red in the edge of the seats. Magic red stitching and seams in the
seats, door inserts and the gear shifter boot add to the sporty atmosphere of the interior. A
new flat bottom leather steering wheel and special floor mats with red surrounds are other
sporty components of the BiTurbo cabin.
Astra customers can now also benefit from new wheel designs. New 17” alloy wheels
come as standard in the Sport trim level and there are two new optional 18” and 19” alloy
wheels, both with a 5-double spoke stylish design. In addition, a new sporty multi-spoke
wheel alloy-style cover makes its debut in the Astra.
Astra continues Opel’s compact success story
With the greatly enhanced new Astra line-up Opel is building on the success of its
bestselling compact car that won numerous awards including the prestigious German
Golden Steering Wheel (2009) and was recently recognized with the best rating in the
2012 DEKRA used car quality report.
The Astra model family is a key component of the brand. Around a third of all Opel cars
sold are Astras. Opel is now into its tenth generation of vehicles in the compact segment
and its fourth Astra generation which has gained more than 641,000 customers across
Europe. Thanks to its five-door Astra launched in the fall of 2009, followed by the Sports
Tourer a year later and the three-door GTC Coupé (late 2011). This means that the Astra
is the European number three (Germany: number two) in the sales ranking in the largest
vehicle segment in Europe which makes up around a quarter of the entire marketplace.
Prices for the new Opel Astra line-up start at 16,770 euro (recommended retail price in
Germany including VAT) for the five-door, 1.4 liter gasoline 64 kW/87 hp Astra entry level
“Essentia” version. The new four-door Astra sedan with a 1.4 liter gasoline engine 74
kW/100 hp can be ordered from 18,270 euro (same conditions as above).
Contact: Jean-Philippe Kempf Phone: +49 (0) 6142-7-66651
Stefan Zech Phone: +49 (0) 6142-7-66166
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