Opel has unveiled the new Astra, the sixth generation of the hatchback.
It has undergone changes across its design, drivetrain, and interior – and Opel said the new Astra stands well above its predecessors.
For the first time, the Astra will also be available with an electric drive option.
The Astra features a low-slung look with sharp design features, quite a contrast from the rounded 5th-generation model.
The Astra also gains a more muscular stance through its longer wheelbase and shorter front overhang. This is complemented by forward raking C-pillars and the wing-shaped design of the daytime-running LEDs.
Sporty alloy wheels add to the look, along with a black contrast roof on the model shown to the media.
Opel has implemented a new “human-machine interface” into the Astra, which consists of two 10-inch displays.
One display serves as a digital instrument cluster for the driver, while the other serves as the interface for the car’s the infotainment system.
This infotainment system can be controlled through touch or voice commands, and offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.
Opel has also used its award-winning AGR seats to provide improved ergonomics and comfort, while a storage space of 422 litres with all the seats up is available.
The new Astra comes loaded with driver-support features, too, including a heads-up display, semi-automated Intelli-Drive 2.0 assistance system, and a 360-degree camera.
The Astra is offered in two plug-in hybrid forms, as well as petrol and diesel variants.
The hybrid power units provide the best performance – with 165kW on offer.
This is compared to the internal-combustion engines, which provide 81kW-96Kw.
A six-speed manual gearbox comes as standard on the combustion-engine models, while the hybrids will receive eight-speed automatic transmissions.
TopAuto asked Stellantis if the new Opel Astra will be coming to South Africa, and was told they were currently in discussions with the relevant product teams.