After showing the new Astra K hatchback back in June, now time has come for Opel to reveal the more practical Sports Tourer variant.

After showing the new Astra K hatchback back in June, now time has come for Opel to reveal the more practical Sports Tourer variant.

 

The design has obviously been carried over from the hatchback, but with an elongated rear end to boost cargo capacity which has risen by 80 liters compared to the old model. With the rear seats folded down, the new Astra wagon can carry up to 1,630 liters even though the car's dimensions have remained just about the same as the previous model. Aside from gaining a more spacious trunk, the Astra Sports Tourer also offers an extra 26 mm of front headroom and 28 mm of rear headroom.

 

As standard, it will come with a 40:20:40-split folding rear seats and at an additional cost there's an optional FlexOrganizer package which adds cargo nets, side rails and fasteners. Those willing to spend more can get the electrically-operated trunk opening which enables a hands free opening by waving your foot below the rear bumper.

 

Thanks to the new platform, the 2016 Astra Sports Tourer has lost up to 200 kg (441 lbs) and will use the same array of engines as the hatchback, so expect to see a three-cylinder 1.0-liter turbo with 105 PS (77 kW), followed by a new 1.4-liter turbo with 125 PS (92 kW) & 150 PS (110 kW) and a more thrifty 1.6-liter CDTI developing 95 PS (70 KW) and 136 PS (100 kW).

Following its public introduction at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, the all-new Opel/Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer is set to go on sale in Europe this fall.

 

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