The next generation Opel Astra has been caught on camera while undergoing testing in Germany around the Nürburgring.

The next generation Opel Astra has been caught on camera while undergoing testing in Germany around the Nürburgring.

Opel's all-new Astra will adopt an evolutionary design but with styling influences from the Monza concept and it also seems to sit a little bit lower than today's model. We also notice the door-mounted mirrors and a slightly longer roof spoiler together with a more prominent tailgate.

A more significant change could be the adoption of an independent rear suspension replacing the current Watts link setup. Equally as important, the seventh generation Opel Astra will be larger than the outgoing model so it should provide a more spacious interior cabin while the overall weight is expected to go down by as much as 100 kg (220 lbs). Engine lineup will likely include some of the newly developed 13 units planned to be introduced before 2016 so expect lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions without compromising power.

It will be the first time ever when the Astra is going to be manufactured outside Germany as Opel has already confirmed plans to assemble the Astra K in Gliwice, Poland and Ellesmere Port, UK. A full reveal of the hatchback will likely occur sometime next year and will be followed by the estate, coupe and sedan, as well as a more potent OPC model.

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