Get the full scoop on the 2011 Opel Astra Sports Tourer, with video, inside.

Opel has ripped the lid off the new 2011 Opel Astra Sports Tourer, ahead of a planned public debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.  Along with the car, Opel is introducing a new 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol engine that produces either 118 horsepower (88 kW, 120 PS), or 138 horsepower (103 kW, 140 PS).

Eight different engines, both petrols and diesels, will be sold on the Sports Tourer.  The engines range in power output from 94 hp (70 kW, 95 PS) to 177 hp (132 kW, 180 PS).  At the top of the diesel lineup is a 2.0-liter CDTI unit that delivers 158 hp (118 kW, 160PS) and up to 380 Nm of torque when the overboost function is enabled.  A six-speed manual transmission looks to come standard on the car, though a six-speed automatic is available on some models.

Cars with the manual transmission will get an indicator light to let the driver know the most fuel efficient shift points.  Start/Stop will also be used across the range to further aide fuel economy.

The Astra Sports Tourer is meant to share some of the same design features as the Opel Insignia, but it does not share enough to get the "sporty, elegant" look claimed by the automaker.  Where the Insignia has an appealing three-bar grille and aggressive nose, the Astra Sports Tourer looks more bland and tired.  The headlight design is interesting, as are the well-integrated fog lamps.  The side panels are nearly identical to the Insignia, as well as the shape of the rear bumper.

Behind the C-pillar, the car has a roofline that is subtly tapered.  This allows the car to maintain cargo space of 1,550 liters.  With the rear seats down, the load length of the cargo area is a full 1,835mm, longer than the entire wheelbase of the Smart ForTwo.

Pricing has not yet been announced on the car, but expect it to have a competitive retail cost.  The wagon variants of the Astra make up roughly 25-percent of all European Astra sales, and Opel would love to further increase their market share.  The Opel Astra Sports Tourer will hit the market in November after its Paris introduction.

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