Opel Astra Reaches 11th Generation
|   Monday, May 18, 2015
The new Opel Astra model, which will reach its 11th generation, will see its world premiere at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The German compact will benefit from a few novelties in the Opel range.

The Frankfurt Motor Show, held from September 17 to 27, will eclipse the string of auto shows so far, more world premieres promising to take place there, including the new the Opel Astra K.

The launch of the new generation has been confirmed by Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann.
The German manufacturer has launched a series of images of the camouflaged prototype, on which it has worked on in order to properly develop the new the Opel Astra. However, this doesn't really disclose many of the Astra's XI design elements.

The compact model, with a tradition of 80 years if we take into account the Kadett model, will benefit from several systems seen for the first time on Opel models, such as the OnStar system. This system will provide drivers 24 h/24 h assistance and in case of theft/accident, the multimedia system will automatically contact the car owner. The system is already available in the US and Asia on General Motors models, the parent company of Opel.

With the restyling, the external appearance of the model will receive smaller dimensions. For example, the length will be shortened by 5 cm, although the manufacturer says it will not translate into shrinking the cabin. These changes and the introduction of lighter components will reduce the vehicle's weight by 200 kg, according to Automobil Produktion (just the chassis will shave off 50 kg). The new Astra will also receive an upgraded range of engines.

The total length of the new Astra generation is 4.370 mm, whereas the current generation hatchback announces 4419 mm.
About the external appearance we can say that it will keep the dynamic style; a large number of changes were present in the front side, as well as on the rear view mirrors, which will be installed below the window, in the style of the new Opel Corsa.

But the manufacturer from Russelsheim will have stiff competition on the compact segment, where the Volkswagen Golf VII continues to dominate. In total, the Kadett and Astra were produced in over 24 million units. Other premieres at the Frankfurt Motor Show include the new Audi R8, BMW 7 Series and Audi A4.

According to the same Germans from Automobile Produktion, the new Opel Astra will have engines that will provide between 95 hp and 200 hp. The most powerful diesel on offer would provide 170 hp and all diesel engines will have a displacement of 1.6 liters. Regarding the future of this model, the OPC version was already confirmed, while twin clutch transmissions are not foreseen in the near future.

The compact Kadett and Astra models represented the basic part of Opel's portfolio since the first compact car left the assembly line. With each Kadett generation, Opel made individual mobility accessible to millions of people worldwide, and several Astra generations brought the upper class innovative technologies to the affordable compact car segment.
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