Our spies have sent us another batch of images with a next-gen Opel Astra testing on public roads.

Our spies have sent us another batch of images with a next-gen Opel Astra testing on public roads.

The compact five-door hatchback is showing us its headlights which from a previous spy photo set appeared to benefit from full LED technology. Opel is still keeping a full-body camouflage on their Astra K prototypes, but even so it's easy to notice the sleeker design enhanced by a prominent character line at the door handle level. Chances are the Monza concept's styling will rub off onto the new Astra so expect a sharper design.

It appears to have roughly the same size as the outgoing model, but underneath the skin it's an entirely different car as the new Astra will make the switch to the D2XX platform and word on the street says it will lose as much as 100 kg (220 lbs). There's been a debate about the rear suspension, with some saying it will be upgraded to an independent configuration but lately we've been hearing it will use a revised Watts arrangement.

Opel has allegedly decided to drop the sexy three-door GTC coupe model which means the next generation Astra will be offered only in hatchback, sedan and estate versions. 2017 will be the year when a new OPC version will be out with around 280 bhp (209 kW) from a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbo.

The Frankfurt Motor Show in September will probably be the venue where Opel will finally show us the new Astra hatchback. We remind you that it won't be produced at all in Germany as the model will be built in Gliwice, Poland and Ellesmere Port, UK.

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