Launched in late 2015, the Opel/Vauxhall Astra K is quickly approaching the (customary) mid-life makeover.
We first got proof of that a year ago when our photographers spotted a prototype featuring heavy plastic camouflage at the front. Now, the facelifted Astra returns for a new photo shoot, this time sporting the final production front bumper that’s covered in a less obtrusive foil.
To say that the styling changes over the current model will be minor would be an understatement — in this prototype, it’s quite hard to spot meaningful updates. Unless, that is, Opel is sandbagging and that camouflage hides a substantial makeover. However, we can still make out some details like the updated headlights with new graphics, revised grille, and new front bumper.
At the rear, the only visible modification is the new LED signature of the taillights, which also appear to feature a darker treatment. Our photographers managed to take a photo of the interior as well, but the shot doesn’t reveal anything new. Still, the facelifted Astra could bring some upgrades to the infotainment system as well as new safety tech to keep the compact model up to date with its rivals.
Since PSA took over Opel and Vauxhall, it began rolling out its own engines on models such as the Grandland X and Crossland X – which wasn’t that hard, since both crossovers share platforms with PSA models.
In the Astra’s case, the facelift would be a great opportunity for the compact car to get PSA powertrains that would replace the GM-era units, unless the parent company decides to wait until 2021 when the all-new Astra will shift to the EMP2 platform that will also allow for electrification.
Expect the facelifted Astra to debut in the following months at a standalone event, as Opel will skip this fall’s Frankfurt Auto Show.