This is the new Opel Astra

Rüsselsheim, June 1, 2015

These are the first pictures and information about the new Opel Astra. The eleventh Rüsselsheimer Compact Generation is on a completely new platform and should be easier than in the past, depending on the model between 120 and 200 kilos. The Astra 2015 is shrunk in its dimensions, but should still offer more space than its predecessor. With 4.37 meters long and 1.46 meters high, the Astra is five centimeters shorter and 2.6 centimeters flatter than before. This, in conjunction with some design tweaks for a drag coefficient of 0.30. Even the wheelbase decreases by about two centimeters. Nevertheless, Opel promises 35 millimeters more rear legroom.

Lighter and more agile

Alone in the body Opel has saved about 77 kilos of weight. Changes to the chassis brought another 50 kilos. The next Astra is likely to weigh depending on the engine to the 1,300 kilos. In Rüsselsheim you expects this significant progress in agility and driving comfort. As for the engines, it is also good to periodic, new broom. Initially, the Astra will go with petrol and diesel engines from 1.0 to 1.6 liters displacement to the starting line, which afford 95-200 hp.

New 1.4 - liter turbo with 145 HP

The 1.6 - liter diesel will have between 95 and about 140 hp. In the petrol it starts with a 1.4 - liter engine that provides 100 hp. It comes as all Astra - machines of the latest generation of Opel engines, but is not charged and is to so keep the Astra base price on the previous level. In second with 105 hp and 170 Nm of torque to the highly acclaimed 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo. For the first time for use is a 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbo from the same line of development. He brings it to 145 hp and 250 Newton meters. Fastest Astra is initially the 1.6 - liter turbo with 200 hp. That an OPC version with 300 hp to the following, but is more than likely.

More smartphone in Astra

Especially a lot of emphasis, the new Opel Astra on a gepflegtere and less jagged look in the interior. This seems given the Knöpchen-and Operation jumble predecessor also urgently needed. A large color touch screen in the center console is now always on board, to Opel offers on request, the next generation of its infotainment system. IntelliLink integrates R 4.0 for the first time in the car and Android Apple CarPlay compact segment. Android car enables you to use Google Maps, Google Now and allow it to speak with Google. It also brings WhatsApp, Skype, Google Play Music or Spotify into the car. Apple CarPlay allows access to iPhone functions while driving and displays them on the instrument display. So you can make, among other things via touchscreen or Siri voice command calls, send and receive messages or listen to music.

Astra makes to superclass

Who last looked a little television, came at the Currywurst advertising with Jürgen Klopp past hardly. Guilt is Opel's new online service assistant " OnStar ", which makes its debut in the next Astra. The service offers among others a round-the-clock roadside assistance and makes the Astra for 4G / LTE wireless hotspot. Even prouder one seems to be in Opel only about the new Full LED matrix light called IntelliLux LED. The technology is working closely with the front camera of the Astra and ensures the best possible ( low beam ) illumination without blinding oncoming traffic. If the camera detects oncoming or preceding vehicles are individual LEDs targeted disabled and " cut out " the affected vehicles. The LED array light is a first in the compact class and is supposed to be significantly more durable than halogen or xenon lamps.

Launch end of 2015

Furthermore, the new Opel Astra has the current driver assistance systems such as a traffic sign assistant, a lane assistant with steering correction, a front collision warning with emergency braking to 60 km / h a blind spot Warner or automatically directing parking assistant. At the request of the Astra also offers seats with massage function, ventilation or electro side bolsters adjustment. For the first time there is also a seat heating for the rear. The new Astra will be its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show ( 17 to 27 September 2015) before he reaches the end of the sale. Prices are not fixed yet, but it is assumed that it starts as usual at about 17,000 euros . ( sw )