Friday, May 15, 2009

New Reveal : 2010 Opel/Vauxhall Astra

The leaks were true. This is the all-new 2010 Opel Astra hatchback, and re-badged as a Vauxhall for the UK market. This new model will make its world live 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. Opel has left the interior shots for its debut in Frankfurt. As for technologies, Opel came will three highlights for Astra fans; they are: bi-xenon Advanced Forward Lighting (AFL+) that changes its intensity and reach to suit prevailing drive and road conditions , Opel Eye front camera system, which recognizes road signs and warns the driver when the car inadvertently departs from its lane, and ergonomic front seats, developed for optimal back support and safety. More to be announced at debut.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, which is 7cm longer than the predecessor. Nevertheless, other than the hatchback look for the Astra, a bigger Estate and sporty GTC versions will follow that are also based on the hatch.Wide range of new engine choices for the Astra:

*1.4L petrol 4-cylinder engine, stop/start traffic technology for improved fuel economy, 100 hp.

*1.4L petrol 4-cylinder engine, turbocharged, 140 hp.

*1.6L petrol 4-cylinder engine, turbocharged, 180 hp.

*1.3L diesel 4-cylinder engine, turbocharged, Diesel Particulate Filter, 95 hp.

*1.7L diesel 4-cylinder engine, turbocharged, Diesel Particulate Filter, 110 hp.

*2.0L diesel 4-cylinder engine, turbocharged, Diesel Particulate Filter with ecoFLEX, 160 hp.

All 2010 Opel/Vauxhall Astra are mated to a 6-speed automatic and manual transmissions. 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. No pricing list yet, but it should be well thought-out, as the Astra still holds the top-three list of Europe’s best-selling compacts. Final words come from Andy Gilson, Vauxhall's Marketing Director said that "The only part of the Astra which isn't new is its name,".
Source : [Opel]

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