The Opel Astra K has returned in a couple of speculative renders based on the most recent spy shots.

The Opel Astra K has returned in a couple of speculative renders based on the most recent spy shots.

Rüsselsheim's all-new compact hatchback is almost here as lately Opel has been shedding camouflage from its prototypes which indicates a full reveal is around the corner. It is set to adopt a sharper design compared to the outgoing model and will likely feature a few styling cues from the Monza concept. It won't be that much different in terms of size, but the good news is Opel's engineers have put the new Astra on a strict diet as the model could lose up to 100 kg (220 lbs).

Previous spy images have shown upper-spec models are getting LED headlights and taillights while the underpinnings will like have a lot in common with the new generation China-spec Chevrolet Cruze as the Astra is expected to ride on the D2XX platform.

Fans of the brand will not be happy to hear the Opel Astra won't wear the "Made in Germany" sticker as GM has decided to assemble the model only in Ellesmere Port, UK and Gliwice, Poland. Another bad news is the rumored demise of the three-door GTC model, but at least Opel has confirmed a new OPC slated for a 2017 release with a four-cylinder, 1.6-liter turbo engine developing approximately 280 bhp (209 kW).

A public debut is set for Frankfurt Motor Show in September, but Opel will probably decide to show us the car towards the end of August.

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2016 Opel Astra rendered based on latest spy shots