Opel has staged the world premiere of the new Astra at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

“Our new Astra is the best Opel we have ever built and it represents a real quantum leap for Opel in a number of ways,” commented Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “The entire team has done an outstanding job on the new Astra. It’s another chapter in our comeback story.”

After Neumann introduced the Astra hatch, General Motors CEO Mary Barra took the wraps off the Astra Sports Tourer and announced around 30,000 orders have already been made to date for the new Astra K.

As you may already know, the 2016 Astra is up to 200 kg (441 lbs) lighter than its predecessor thanks to a couple of weight-saving measures. It may come as a surprise, but the vehicle is 5 cm shorter than the outgoing model at 4.37 meters and has a 2 cm shorter wheelbase at 2.66 meters. Despite this, it comes with an extra 35 mm of legroom.

Available at launch will be a 1.6-liter diesel unit with 95 PS (70 kW) and an entry-level 1.0 ECOTEC three-cylinder gasoline motor with 105 PS (77 kW). Opel is also offering an all-new 1.4 ECOTEC mill, producing 145 PS (107 kW) and 250 Nm (185 lb-ft).

A variety of safety and assistance systems are included, like the Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Assistant, Cruise control with speed limiter, Advanced Park Assist and more. Optional equipment invludes an 18-way adjustable ergonomically-shaped driver seat with heating, ventilation and massaging function, 8-inch touchscreen display that supports 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and works with Opel's OnStar, etc.

Gallery: Opel Astra arrives in Frankfurt with 30,000 pre-orders

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