About 3 years after the launch of the Astra hatchback, Opel has finally revealed the Astra in its sedan form. This should be the final Astra variant after the hatchback, Sports Tourer station wagon and the GTC coupe. The GM subsidiary expects the Astra sedan to do well in markets such as Germany and Spain and see growth opportunities in Eastern and Central Europe.
The new Astra sedan measures 4,658mm long, 1,814mm wide and 1,476mm tall, making it 239mm longer than the hatchback. The car is even longer than the VW Jetta, which is already quite lengthy for a compact sedan in my opinion. The car provides 460 liters of trunk volume and up to a maximum of 1,010 liters when the 60:40 split rear seats are folded down.
When I lay my eyes on the Astra sedanís rear view, the image of the pre-facelift Passat CC immediately come to my mind. The 2 models share similar light cluster design, that sloping roof line and the protruding boot lids. Overall, the Astra sedan is a handsome machine which would make the Jetta look dated if both were to park side-by-side.
When sales commences, the new generation Astra sedan will offered with an initial choice of seven engines. These include four gasoline units with outputs ranging from 99 bhp to 177 bhp, of which three can be combined with a six-speed automatic transmission. For diesel fans, there will be three diesel engines rated at 94 bhp, 108 bhp and 129 bhp respectively. The 1.7-liter CDTI ecoFLEX diesels with 108hp and 129hp come fitted with Start/Stop technology as standard and they return consumption figures as low as 3.7L/100km with corresponding CO2 emissions of 99g/km.
In recognizing Russia as a key market, Opel has decided to premiere the new Astra sedan at the 2012 Moscow Auto Salon in August. Alpine Motor Group, which has just taken over Opelís dealership in Singapore, may have a winner in their hands.
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