New Opel Astra: first images

Production Cars 13 May 2009
New Opel Astra: first images

Opel has released the first official images and information about the new Astra, which will debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. Featuring a sleek and sculptural exterior, the 2010 model adopts the design philosophy and a number of technologies introduced with the Insignia.

New Opel AstraPreviewed during the last 12 months by several sets of teaser images, the new Opel Astra has been finally revealed with official pictures and information.

The dynamic five-door hatchback exterior features a sleek, fluid sculptural design, and is combined with comfort and safety features first introduced by Opel with the Insignia.

Technical highlights include the all-new mechatronic chassis, an advanced lighting system, a front camera that recognizes traffic signs and new seat technology.

The new Astra will be unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.


At 4.42 meters, the new Astra offers increased passenger space and wellness in both the front and rear thanks to a 71 mm longer wheel base. Its slim and sleek body is designed for maximum efficiency, with 600 hours of testing in a wind tunnel.

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"Proportions give it a strong, cab-forward silhouette, with a steeply-raked windshield and falling rear roofline, adding visual excitement to the traditional hatchback format. The brand’s new design language – sculptural artistry combined with Germanprecision – is now seen in a different way."

New Opel Astra“The design themes introduced in the Insignia, like the wing and the blade, have been given a fresh interpretation in the Astra, because it’s important that each Opel model has its own personality,” says Mark Adams, Vice President of Design, General Motors Europe.

“This is why you see double wings in each of the rear lights and a dynamic inverted blade on the flank that visually connects to the powerful movement of the rear window and C-pillar.”

The interior uses the same wing and blade design cues as the exterior, creating harmony inside and out.  A special effort has been made to add multiple flexible storage solutions.

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Technical Features

New Opel AstraDeveloped in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the Opel Astra also comes with an all-new chassis. Its longer wheelbase combines with wider tracks and a new rear axle construction to further enhance agility and stability.

The Opel Astra’s chassis has been developed as a mechatronic system that integrates mechanical functions and electronic controls.

Like the Insignia, it can come with the clever Opel FlexRide electronic driving system, which offers the driver three settings – standard, Sport and Tour – while being fully and continuously adaptive to changes in driving style and cornering speed.

New Opel AstraOther innovative technical features introduced to the compact class include:

  • A new generation of bi-xenon Advanced Forward Lighting (AFL+) that changes its intensity and reach to suit prevailing drive and road conditions using nine different lighting functions.
  • The Opel Eye front camera system, which recognizes road signs and warns the driver when the car inadvertently departs from its lane.
  • Ergonomic front seats, developed for optimal back support and safety.

New Opel AstraThe powertrain line-up focuses on efficient performance and features eight Euro 5 compliant engines.  All except the lowest powered units are equipped with six-speed transmissions.

One new compact automatic gear box with Active Select function, for a clutch-free selection, will debut.

The CDTI turbo diesel line-up includes four common-rail, multiple injection units from 1.3 to 2.0 liter with outputs ranging from 70 kW/95 hp to 118 kW/160 hp.

All are equipped with a Diesel Particulate Filter. An ecoFLEX version with particularly low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions will be offered.

New Opel AstraThe four gasoline engines with 1.4 and 1.6 liter give a power bandwidth from 74 kW/100 hp to 132 kW/180 hp. A new, downsized 103 kW/140 hp 1.4 Turbo replaces the current naturally-aspirated 1.8.

The first Opel’s compact class model was introduced in 1936 with the first Kadett.

The Astra model sales make up a third of all Opel/Vauxhall purchases, for an average volume of nearly 500,000 units per year.

(Source: Opel)

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