A year after the first facelift of the Astra family, Opel has introduced the new generation 1.6-liter CDTI diesel engine on its core C-segment model.
Launched on the Zafira Tourer, the Euro-6 compliant powerplant develops 136PS (134 hp) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque.
Fitted with a standard start-stop system, the unit delivers an average fuel economy of 3.9 l/100 km (60.3 mpg US) on the Astra, 7 percent less than its 1.7-liter predecessor (130PS/128hp). CO2 emissions are rated at 104 g/km.
Opel says the new engine is quieter than the unit it replaces and that it offers better acceleration as 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes 10.3 seconds, while 80 to 120 km/h (50 to 75 mph) in fifth gear, 9.2 seconds. Top speed is 200 km/h (124 mph).
The diesel engine is available to order on the Astra five-door hatchback, the Astra sedan and the Astra Sports Tourer wagon, but not yet on the Astra GTC.
Besides the new diesel engine, the 2014MY Astra also gets the IntelliLink infotainment system with Bluetooth interface, originally available only on the Insignia. The technology integrates smartphone functions into the car, with Opel saying it is easily controllable and clearly arranged on a seven-inch high-resolution color display. IntelliLink will be rolled out on more Opel models in the future.
Finally, Opel also offers a new Active- option pack, which includes features such as LED daytime running lights, CD 600 IntelliLink system, Aux-In-, USB- and hands-free equipment via Bluetooth interface, as well as Piano Black Décor Moldings in the cockpit.
By Dan Mihalascu