A prototype of the 2016 Opel Astra K has been spied conducting final testing ahead of a reveal scheduled for the months to come.

A prototype of the 2016 Opel Astra K has been spied conducting final testing ahead of a reveal scheduled for the months to come.

Previous spy shots depicted Astra prototypes wearing a bulky plastic disguise on the front fascia and rear end, but thankfully the latest images show an Astra K only with a thin layer of camouflage which gives us the opportunity to take a better look at the five-door compact hatchback. It appears to have roughly the same size as the outgoing model but the design is much sleeker and sharper while the lighting clusters benefit from LED technology.

Also noticeable is a prominent character line which starts from the rear wings and continues over the door handles before ending at the front wheel arches. Speaking of the wheels, the prototype seems to ride on a fresh set of alloys while at the back there’s a roof-mounted spoiler.

The next generation Opel Astra will share the D2XX platform with the recently introduced China-spec Chevrolet Cruze which should command a 50 - 100 kg (100 – 220 lbs) weight loss, exactly what the doctor ordered since the outgoing model is a bit on the heavy side. There were some reports indicating the adoption of an independent rear suspension, but lately we've been hearing the new Astra will use an updated Watts setup.

It is believed the three-door coupe GTC version has been axed while the wagon and sedan version will live on into the new generation. Opel has already confirmed an OPC derivative will be out in 2017 with a four-cylinder 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine pushing out approximately 280 bhp (209 kW).

Opel will probably decide to unveil the new Astra in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show before commencing production in Ellesmere Port, UK and Gliwice, Poland.

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