evolution at the highest level in its sixth generation

The new Opel Astra was finally revealed globally. This model debuts with a more modern and avant-garde design, along with an authentic technological arsenal.

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The Lightning Mark officially introduced the new generation Opel Astra. This compact has been renewed both inside and out, sporting a more modern and avant-garde look, and it has been equipped with a veritable arsenal of technology.

It is one of the most important models in the Opel family, which was crying out for a new generation. Thus, the model uses the modular platform EMP2 from Stellantis, which also supports its direct rivals such as the Peugeot 308.

The design of the new Astra is even more sporty and modern, although it practically keeps the proportions of the outgoing model. Compared to its predecessor, it is four millimeters longer and has an extra 13 millimeters in the wheelbase, which ensures greater interior space.

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What’s new?

Also, the volume of the trunk of the model reaches up to 422 liters with the rear seatbacks deployed, and with a very low loading threshold that facilitates access to it. On the other hand, the model show off new features premiered at the Mokka.

Thus, the ‘Vizor’ set is once again at the front, fusing the ragged and thin headlights. These may include sophisticated ‘Intelli-Lux LED Pixel Light’ lighting technology, each headlamp consists of 48 diodes that turn off and on selectively, varying the range of the beams and the direction.

The model also looks a more sporty silhouette, reminiscent of the model of the third generation. It has a longer side and a lower roof line, which gives a more sporty shape, from behind, the slim drivers also occupy part of the tailgate, along with the brand’s new emblem and the name of the compact in the center.

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Characteristics

As for its interior, the model has a dashboard fully digital, a large instrument screen and a touch screen that occupies part of the center console, both 10 inches and the same ‘Pure Panel’ design implemented with the Mokka.

However, the firm has equipped them with a special crystal that avoids reflections for a better vision of the driver. Your infotainment system is managed with voice commands and it is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

In addition, it is a new generation of seats AGR certified front, a feature that does not preclude choosing between ‘Comfort’ or ‘Sport’ seats. The latter are more enveloping and have the possibility of having electrical settings, heating, air conditioning, and are upholstered in leather and Napa.

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In detail in its mechanics

It should be noted that the position of the seats was lowered, now are 12 millimeters lower to provide a sportier driving. The brand too offers authentic equipment more sophisticated, it is about driving assistants that debut a new generation of cameras, ultrasonic sensors front and rear, five radar sensors, one in the front and in each corner.

There is also the ‘e-horizon Intelli-Drive’ system, which has advanced functions such as speed regulation in curves or the possibility of semi-autonomous overtaking. This model will start production at the end of August.

In terms of drive options, the model has seven mechanical versions available from launch, as the offering includes three gasoline options with the 1.2-liter Turbo three-cylinder engine with 110 y 130 hp, the 1.5 D diesel with 130 hp and two plug-in hybrids with 180 and 225 hp.

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In addition, the six-speed manual transmission It is standard in combustion engines, although there is also the option of an eight-speed automatic transmission in the most powerful. This will be the only one I know you can use in the electrified front-wheel drive.

It should be noted that the new Hybrid 180 and 125 include one and two electric motors, the latter with one mounted on the rear axle. However, both incorporate a lithium-ion battery with ac12.4 kWh apacity that will offer a maximum autonomy in zero emissions of 60 kilometers.

Also read: Opel Mokka and Renault Kangoo, rated ‘4 stars’ in safety by EuroNCAP


Sandy GarcĂ­a Tarazona.

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