After this morning's leak, Opel has taken the wraps off the 2016 Astra K which will celebrate its public premiere in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
We've already talked about the design in our previous article so we shall focus on what's hiding underneath the sharper skin where Opel's engineers were able to shave off between 120 kg (264 lbs) and 200 kg (441 lbs) thanks to a "completely new vehicle architecture". The body shell is now 20% lighter than before (at 280 kg) while chassis tweaks have lowered the weight by 50 kg thanks to the implementation of compact subframes, high-strength and ultra-high-strength low-weight steels and other weight-saving measures to both axles.
Even though it's now 5 cm shorter (at 4.37 meters) and has a 2 cm shorter wheelbase (at 2.66 meters) than the outgoing model, Opel says the new model offers an extra 35 mm of legroom. It has a drag coefficient of below 0.30 and is 2.6 cm lower (at 1.46 meters) compared to the Astra J.
In terms of engines, the new generation Astra will be offered with a base 1.6 CDTI diesel rated at 95 PS (70 kW) while the entry-level gasoline motor is a 1.0 ECOTEC three-cylinder with 105 PS (77 kW). There's also an all-new 1.4 ECOTEC four-cylinder all-aluminum engine good enough for 145 PS (107 kW) and 250 Nm (185 lb-ft).
The Astra K also gets IntelliLux LED matrix headlights, representing a first-in-class feature and promising to detect objects 30-40 meters (98.4 – 131.2 feet) sooner than halogen or xenon low-beam lights when the car is traveling at 80 km/h (50 mph).
Stepping inside the cabin, Opel has adopted a new look with a latest-gen IntelliLink infotainment system compatible with Android Auto and CarPlay. It boasts an 8-inch touchscreen display and supports 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and works with Opel's OnStar personal connectivity and service assistant.
It will be offered with a plethora of safety & assistance systems including Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Assistant, Cruise control with speed limiter, Advanced Park Assist, Side Blind Spot Alert and a rearview camera.
The driver will be able to enjoy an 18-way adjustable ergonomically-shaped seat with heating, ventilation and massaging function while those sitting on the rear seats will get optional heatable outer back seats.
The all-new Opel Astra will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall and go on sale shortly thereafter.
Additional details are available in the attached press release.