From Opel press: The 2011 Opel Astra brings into the compact class its own interpretation of the brand’s award-winning design language. Its strong coupé-like silhouette and elegant details give the car a fresh sporty look. For this model year, Opel has added Fresco blue and Silky Shadows grey to the palette of eleven exterior color choices.
The new Astra features a wide choice of nine engines with a power bandwidth ranging from 70 kW/95 hp to 132 kW/180 hp, giving drivers affordable, real-life efficiency. Six-speed manual gearboxes offering a wide spread of ratios and a long, fuel-saving top gear are a standard fit across the range, with the exception of the 1.4/1.6-liter naturally-aspirated and the 1.3-liter turbo diesel engines, which have five-speed gearboxes. All gearboxes feature triple cone synchronization in the first and second gears for easy engagement. An all-new, six-speed automatic transmission with an ActiveSelect function is available as an option with all gasoline engines except the 1.4-liter naturally-aspirated unit, which is manual only.