Saturday, April 18, 2009

LEAKED : 2010 Opel/Vauxhall Astra Hatchback, GTC and Estate

Auto Motor und Sport has managed to get first photos and sketches of the next generation Opel/Vauxhall Astra. This new model will debut in September at the Frankfurt Auto Show. New shape, new platform, and new engines.

The 2010 Astra has an all-new sheet metal shape. This hatchback model shown looks sportier, sleeker, and a lot more dynamic than the current generation Astra. In fact, the Astra shares many design cues from the Opel Insignia sedan, welcoming it as one of the Opel models. No interior shots has yet been introduced.
Astra will be built on the new GM’s Delta platform with front-wheel-drive. Same platform is used by Chevrolet Cruze and the upcoming electric Volt. Nevertheless, other than the hatchback state for the Astra, a bigger Estate and sporty GTC versions will follow that are also based on the hatch.
As for engine options, Opel hasn't announced anything yet, but Auto Motor und Sport claim the Astra will come with three engines. The base is a naturally-aspirated 1.4L petrol 4-cylinder engine, with 90 hp and stop/start technology for better fuel economy. Turbocharged sporty version of that engine will be available as well with around 180 hp. The 4-cylinder diesel engine offers a 1.7L of engine displacement, and a turbocharger that kicks the power to around 110 hp.
No information yet whether Astra makes it to the States under the Saturn brand. As for the European market, the Opel Astra should roll the streets later this year, as a Vauxhall model for the UK market as well.

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