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2010 Opel Astra: First Official Photos of Hatch, GTC Coupe and Estate models

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These are the first full blown photos of GM's all-new Opel / Vauxhall Astra that is destined to make its world debut as a five-door hatchback at the Frankfurt motor show in September 2009. Along with the photos of the five-door model, Opel also released two sketches depicting the new Astra GTC which looks more like a fastback coupe than your traditional three-door hatchback, and the more practical and spacious Astra Estate.

As expected, the new Astra's exterior styling echoes that of the well received Insignia with details such as the shape of the headlamps, the roofline and the concave surfacing on the doors all pointing towards the larger Opel. Overall, the new Astra hatch looks sportier and more dynamic in an upscale sort of way compared to the current generation model.

2010 Opel Astra Vauxhall CarscoopWhile Opel has yet to release photos of the interior, previous spy shots reveal that the Astra's interior is heavily inspired from the Insignia with the dashboard featuring four deeply positioned instrument dials in front of the driver and a swoopy central console with an elevated lower part.

All three variants of the Astra are based on GM's new front-wheel-drive Delta platform that is also found on the Chevrolet Cruze and Volt models. However, from what we learnt, the chassis has been modified by Opel's engineers to offer more dynamic handling to Opel's trio.

The 2010 Astras will be available with numerous diesel and gasoline powertrains including GM's an all-new 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol engine that will be offered with outputs ranging from 120 hp to 140 hp and torque values between 175 and 200 Nm.

2010 Opel Astra Vauxhall CarscoopThe 5-door hatchback versions of the newly developed Astra will find their way to Opel showrooms across Europe by the end of the year, while the GTC coupe and the Estate variants should follow by mid-2010.

It remains to be seen when, or better yet if, General Motors will bring the Astra to the States.

2010 Opel Astra Vauxhall Carscoop
2010 Opel Astra Vauxhall Carscoop
2010 Opel Astra Vauxhall Carscoop
2010 Opel Astra Vauxhall Carscoop
2010 Opel Astra Vauxhall Carscoop
2010 Opel Astra Vauxhall Carscoop
2010 Opel Astra Vauxhall Carscoop



18 Comments:

Jenny said... »April 09, 2009

IMPRESSIVE. And with all do respect to the notion of this car coming to America... Sorry, it isn't happening. They brought over the last Astra and it's selling horribly, and since GM doesn't understand a lick about selling small cars, they'll probably see this as a waste. But it really isn't. This is captivating. The five-door looks amazing, and I can't wait to see the coupe.

SamuraiJack said... »April 09, 2009

Opel just announced the discontinuation of the Astra in South Africa due to poor sales (just 50 sold in March). Hopefully we'll still see the new one next year

Anonymous said... »April 09, 2009

great looking car, seriosuly good looking. Opel has got some really good designers on its side of the fence. i ahve a feeling Opel will be one of the strongest mid size automakers when this crisis blows over.... GM is going to weep about it if it gives it up...

Ron

Anonymous said... »April 09, 2009

It looks like a new Renault megane on the back

Rob Williams said... »April 09, 2009

Astra is sold in Australia under the Holden Banner and is a sales winner down here in the light car catagory.
The data I have tells me that all being well, the USA will see the Astra not as a Saturn, but as a Chevrolet in the latter part of this year. Saturn will still have the superceded model

Anonymous said... »April 09, 2009

One of the blandest side profiles in automotive history. No lineage, no visual drama, no passion, nothing.

Anonymous said... »April 09, 2009

another car website said 4WD will be available as an option. I didn't know this platform could accommodate 4WD.

Anonymous said... »April 09, 2009

@Rob Williams. no way this is coming to the US as a Chevy. Not when they're trying to sell Cobalts and getting ready for the Cruze. Not gonna happen. But i wish it was coming

Braddo said... »April 10, 2009

Yeah they do sell so well in Australia . . the current the last two astras have been very solid reliable safe cars, so I understand why they have gone well here...This one looks great - its still got an "astra" look...

Anonymous said... »April 13, 2009

the side profile reminds me a little bit of an audi a3, a mix of the mazda 3 hatchback and other little hatches. and the interior looks good and i hope that it stays that way when it hits showrooms. i hope that if it does become a chevrolet product that they keep the european handling and do something with the front end of the car, kind of bland, but overall a good clean design.

Anonymous said... »April 13, 2009

Is not the problem with GM not selling, is the fact that people in N.A. just don't get it. The euro gives the US a nice euro hatchbacks, and it won't sell, then they go out and buy crappy cars like Cobalt, Aveo(which is a daewoo)...etc. Astra, mondeo, cougar, G8(which is a vauxhall vxr), they all don't sell.

i do hope the new ford fiesta will sell

The Civil Exchange said... »April 14, 2009

This would make a great US Buick to compete with the 128i, S40/V50/C30, A3 and even the TSX

Anonymous said... »April 16, 2009

The Astra in the US has several things against it, and i dont think that it is that people dont get it. Enough people do get it but not enough are buying Astras. 1 It may have the wrong badge. This car cannot be worse than a Golf/Rabbit, but where as this car relies on its German engineering marketing campaign, a Saturn cannot be German, even though it is; and it must be Middle-America event though it isn't. 2. Saturn has a fixed window sticker price policy with no room for negotiation, which in effect means that a German import (the Golf) can sell for less than a supposedly American (and therefore domestic) car in its same class. 3. Saturn does not project and has never stood for any of the values the Astra offers: modern styling, German engineering, balance, modern and good looking interior, handling and performance... Neither is it plastic, is it? 4. There seems to be very little and/or very poor marketing. 5. Limited options. 6. It was introduced to the American market rather late. Then again so was the Honda Jazz/Fit and it was a success (so Americans do get it). 7. Its styling elements such as its profile and rear lights were copied by the Toyota Corolla Matrix long before the Astra made it to these shores, robbing it of its stylistic impact. 8 Engines and mechanicals are alien to the market which makes people fearful or to question its reliability -- and on top of this you can't sell them aggressively with value added features or rebates or show off about their German engineering... ...Does anyone recall its warrantee? It should compete against the Koreans to inspire confidence; it should have a low price to lure customers in even if they end up buying it for more because of added options, but it's not. Yea I think there's a problem here and it;s not the car.
--Iorgeus

Anonymous said... »April 16, 2009

Anonymous, April 13, 2009

The G8 isn't a Vauxhall VXR...its a Holden Commodore SS-V badge-engineered as a Pontiac.
Just wanted to clear that up.

tonny said... »September 09, 2009

fiat bravo bravo was first ..look at the bravo and see,alot of cars are looking like the bravo ,

Anonymous said... »September 14, 2009

I do not understand why GM do not have this car in productin in USA

Anonymous said... »January 12, 2010

scirocco ist the best.....................

Desmond said... »March 29, 2012

GM The greatest car makers in the world, and Opel Astra will bail them out, I long for this ride to come to N igeria

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