2016 Opel Astra K Review, Specs

Opel with  Astra  for decades is one of the biggest
competitors to Volkswagen Golf. Will the new  Opel /
Vauxhall Astra K 2016 be better than Golf?

2016 Opel Astra K Exterior

Exterior-wise, 2016 Opel Astra K looks much sleeker and
sharper. There is a new prominent character line which starts
at the rear wings, extends over the door handles and ends at
the front wheel arches. The prototype vehicle seemed to be
sitting on a fresh set of alloy wheels. At the back, there’s a
roof-mounted spoiler.

As for the body style, it’s a 5-door hatchback, perhaps a bit
longer than the one of the current Astra.

Overall, at the front it looks similar to 2015 Buick Excelle,
the edition made for the Chinese market (a close relative of
the next Astra and the next Buick Verano). At the back, it’s
expected to have a more chiseled look heavily influenced by
Opel’s forward-looking 2013 Opel Monza concept. Next
generation Opel / Vauxhall Astra will offer customers and
headlights that are currently found only in a very luxurious
cars, Opel is called “IntelliLux LED”. It is about Matrix LED
technology lights that do not blind the driver from the
opposite direction. It consists of eight LED segments that
adapt to traffic ahead of the vehicle with the assistance of
cameras.

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Opel Astra K 2016 IntelliLux LED Technology

Like the current Astra, the new one is expected to spawn
several other variants including an Astra Sedan, Sports Tourer
wagon and GTC coupe.

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New Astra Interior

Interior of 2016 Opel Astra will be more spacious. It’s said to
set standards in the compact class.

It will be the first Opel car to be launched with Opel OnStar’s
connected service, there to help and rescue you 24/7, 365 days
a year.

The thing that strikes the observer first is a drastically
reduced number of controls for the new infotainment and air
condition systems. The prototype also featured a painted lower
console and a sleeker steering wheel.

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Engine and Specs

2016 Opel Astra will borrow its D2XX platform from the
China-spec Chevrolet Cruze, which is expected to reduce the
weight by 100-220 pounds, just as much as was recommended upon
the release of the previous (current) model. According to some
reports, the latest Astra will be using an updated Watts setup.

New Opel Astra will be using 1.0-liter, 3-cylinders based
engine in two forms – 66 kW and 85 kW powers. Both engines will
produce 166 Nm of torque, enough to deliver around 1800 rpm to
4700 rpm. There are also plans for 1.2-liter, 1.4-liter and
1.6-liter turbocharged engines. Anyhow, 1.0 liter is a sure
option available with manual gearbox, which later may be
converted to automatic transmission. It will be able to
accelerate 0-60 mph in 6 seconds. Plans include and the
upgraded 1.6 and 2.0 diesel engines, with a range from 110 to
200 horsepower, paired with a six-speed manual and automatic
transmission. Fuel consumption for petrol engines ranging
from about 4 l / 100 km for the 1.0 liter engine, while the
more powerful diesel engines consume about 3.7 liters / 100 km
mixed driving.

Following the market launch, expect to see hybrid and
high-performance OPC variants.

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2016 Opel Astra k- render image

Price and release date

According to the official information from Opel, 2016 Opel
Astra will be released this September, at the 2015 Frankfurt
Motor Show. Price of hatchback basic model with
petrol engine will be around 16,000 euros, while the bi-turbo
diesel version with full equipment costs around 10,000 euros
more.

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