New details are starting to emerge about the 2016 Opel Astra as Autobild was recently given a chance to test drive a prototype.

According to the magazine, the redesigned model will ride on the D2XX platform and be approximately 120-200 kg (264-441 lbs) lighter than its predecessor.  The car will also be slightly smaller as the wheelbase shrinks by 23mm and the overall length is reduced by 49mm.  Despite this, Opel says the 2016 Astra will have a more accommodating cabin with 34mm of additional legroom.

Speaking of the interior, it will have a three-spoke steering wheel, improved seats and a prominent touchscreen infotainment system.  There are also slated to be Active, Exclusive and Innovation trims but little is known about them.

While the publication reports the car is more agile, it appears the Astra will eschew all-wheel drive, a dual-clutch transmission and adjustable dampers.  However, the model is slated to have an automatic cruise control system which will automatically maintain a set distance from the car ahead of it.

Engine options remain unconfirmed but the magazine says we can expect an assortment of turbocharged three- and four-cylinder units.  On the petrol side, choices will reportedly include a 1.0-liter three-cylinder with 105 PS (77 kW), a 1.4-liter four-cylinder with 145 PS (106 kW) and a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 200 PS (147 kW).  The diesel engine will reportedly displace 1.6-liters and have outputs of 95 PS (69 kW), 140 PS (102 kW) and 170 PS (125 kW).

Gallery: Opel Astra comes into focus, will be smaller & lighter than its predecessor

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