The compact class vehicle joins the five-door hatchback, the Sports Tourer station wagon and the GTC coupe as an upscale yet more affordable alternative to sedans from the mid-size segment.
Opel has revealed initial details and photos for the fourth and final variant of the current J generation with a four-door Astra sedan. The compact class vehicle joins the five-door hatchback, the Sports Tourer station wagon and the GTC coupe as an upscale yet more affordable alternative to sedans from the mid-size segment.
Opel expects the Astra sedan to do well in established markets such as Germany and Spain. However, Opel marketing experts see growth opportunities in Eastern and Central Europe, particularly in Turkey and Russia as the later makes up 60 percent of all sedans sold in Europe and is expected to become Europe's main market with up to 3.4 million total vehicle sales in 2014.
The new Astra sedan measures 4,658 (length) / 1,814 (width) / 1,476 mm (height) and has a wheel base of 2,685 mm providing 460 liters of trunk volume and a maximum of 1,010 liters when the 60:40 split rear seats are folded down.
Seven engines will be available at market launch, of which four are gasoline units ranging in power output 100 hp (74 kW) to 180 hp (132 kW) while three diesel units make between 95 hp (70 kW) and 130 hp (96 kW). Two of the gasoline engines are ultra-efficient 1.7 CDTI units found in the Astra sedan ecoFLEX models with Start/Stop system and other efficiency enhancing features. The outputs are 110 hp (81 kW) or 130 hp (96 kW). Although Opel hasn't provided specific specs yet, expect CO2 emissions on one of the engines to be 99g/km and have a fuel consumption of 3.7l/100km. Three of the gasoline engines are available with a six-speed automatic transmission.
In recognizing Russia as a key market, Opel has decided to premiere the new Astra sedan at the 2012 Moscow Auto Salon in August. Order books for Western Europe open in June.
Further details in the press release below and photos of the front end can be seen from previous spy photos.