For the Opel fan from the first hour, it all comes very close. You are looking at the brand new Opel Astra, which means that the Insignia is now the only new model from the German brand that still has technology from General Motors on board. Seems to be quite a thing among enthusiasts. This new Astra is a brother of the new Peugeot 308 and therefore uses technology from Stellantis. The design of the sixth generation Astra comes from the German Rüsselsheim, where the car is also worked together.
The design of the new Opel Astra takes a big step from the previous model, which was more of an evolution of its predecessor. Not too long ago, Opel introduced the new design language with the ‘Vizor family face’. The new face was the first to see on the new Opel Mokka. The Corsa appeared too early for the new face, making it the only one that still looks a bit like the milkman. Nothing that a facelift in the future won’t fix.
The interior of the new Opel Astra
The interior is no surprise to fans of the brand. As in the other new models, Opel is putting in something they call the ‘Pure Panel’. These are two 10-inch screens that seem to run into each other. Always looks sleek. Also good news is that wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available as standard. Furthermore, there are of course a lot of driving assistants who look over your shoulder on the road and intervene if necessary.
Engines and Power
For the first time you can plug in the Astra. In addition to two plug-in hybrids, Opel also supplies the new Astra with normal petrol and diesel engines. Powers range from 110 to 225 hp. The brand does not yet say which power belongs to which car, but given the shared Stellantis technology, we can already fill in that the 225 hp belongs to the PHEV. A 1.2-litre petrol engine will produce 110 or 130 hp and the diesel will come with 130 hp. Manual and automatic transmissions are both available.
AGR seats in the new Opel Astra
What hasn’t changed since the takeover are the AGR seats. These special front seats get a Aktion Gesunder Rückencertification. And when Germans issue a certificate for something, you know it’s all right. In the sixth generation Astra, the seats even massage the occupant. They are placed 12 millimeters lower in the car compared to the previous generation, which apparently helps with ergonomics.