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Date: 22 Aug 2019 Author Type: Press Release
Author: Opel South Africa
Source: Opel South Africa
  • Efficient petrol units: three 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo engines with 99 g/km CO2
  • Frugal diesels: two 1.5-litre three-cylinder units with manual gearbox and 94 g/km CO2
  • New generation engines: all powertrains already meet future Euro 6d standard
  • Top aerodynamics: lowest drag coefficients reduce consumption
  • Leading innovations: optimised front camera and digital instruments
  • Public premiere: at the IAA in Frankfurt from September 12-22 in hall 11.0
Rüsselsheim. The new Opel Astra celebrates its public premiere at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt (public days September 12-22). The five-door limousine (from €19,990, all prices RRP incl. VAT in Germany) and the Sports Tourer (from €20,990) are now available to order and come in the trim lines Edition, GS Line, Elegance, Ultimate and as the “120 Years” special model. This new Astra is the most efficient ever with up to 21 per cent lower CO2 emissions than the predecessor. Five of the seven powertrain combinations on offer even undercut the magical 100 gram mark for CO2 emissions per kilometre driven (according to NEDC1). With a completely new generation of engines and transmissions, the Opel Astra sets standards for low emissions, putting it at the top of the compact class.

The Astra’s ultra-modern three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines ensure lively driving performance and guarantee top driving comfort with minimum noise generation. A counter-rotating balance shaft in the block of the three-cylinder engines offsets vibrations. The base power units have a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. A new stepless automatic (continuously variable) transmission and a smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic also contribute to lower fuel consumption and higher comfort.

Meticulous development in the wind tunnel also made a significant contribution to the reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. At 0.26 Cd, the Sports Tourer belongs to the estate cars with the lowest drag coefficient in the world, while the five-door leads the hatchback class at 0.26 Cd. As a result, the new Astra is one of the most aerodynamic compact cars on the market.

The Astra’s agile chassis has been further developed. New shock absorbers increase comfort. The optional dynamic chassis features stiffer dampers, a more direct steering and a Watts link at the rear axle.

Thanks to state-of-the-art emissions reduction technologies such as Gasoline Particulate Filter (GPF) and diesel Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), all the Astra’s new powertrains already meet the future Euro 6d emission standard. The new all-aluminium engines are equipped as standard with fuel-saving stop/start technology. The new Astra also comes with many other top technologies, from the new front and rear view camera to the digital speedometer and the next generation of infotainment. The e-Call emergency call system is also on board. A wireless charger in the centre console for smartphones is optionally available.

Efficiency champions: up to 21 per cent lower CO2 emissions
The new turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, which are as economical as they are lively, are primarily responsible for the exemplary efficiency.

The compact, three-cylinder, turbo petrol units are available with 1.2 and 1.4-litre displacements. With power outputs extending from 81kW (110hp) to 107kW (145hp) and maximum torque from 195 to 236 Newton metres, they achieve an excellent balance between performance and efficiency (NEDC1 fuel consumption: urban 6.4-5.2 l/100 km, extra-urban 4.2-3.8 l/100 km, combined 5.0-4.3 l/100 km, 116-99 g/km CO2; WLTP2 combined: 6.2-5.2, 142-119 g/km CO2; preliminary figures). The new Astra 1.2 Direct Injection Turbo is combined with a six-speed manual gearbox while the Astra 1.4 Direct Injection Turbo is available with stepless automatic transmission. Integration of the water-cooled exhaust manifold in the cylinder head contributes to quick engine warm-up, which lowers emissions after a cold start. All petrol engines feature variable valve timing and are up to six kilogrammes lighter than the previous three-cylinder units. The 1.2 Turbo petrol engine with 96kW (130hp) emits around 21 per cent less CO2 than the comparable predecessor model. Typical for Opel is the excellent transient throttle response of the petrol engines – at 1,500 rpm, 90 per cent of the maximum torque is already available within 1.5 seconds of flooring the accelerator.

High efficiency: less than 100 g/km CO2 from new Astra turbo-diesel
The new Astra’s 1.5-litre diesel engines have the same positive characteristics. The reduced-friction, light-alloy engines feature a balance shaft and variable-geometry turbochargers. The common rail fuel injection system operates at up to 2,000 bar. The high-tech three-cylinder units offer 77kW (105hp) to 90kW (122hp) and depending on power output 260 to 300Nm of maximum torque (NEDC1 fuel consumption : urban 6.0-4.0 l/100 km, extra-urban 4.0-3.2 l/100 km, combined 4.7-3.6 l/100 km, 125-94 g/km CO2; WLTP2 combined: 5.6-4-4, 147-117 g/km CO2; preliminary figures).

Optimum exhaust after-treatment of the Astra 1.5 diesel is delivered by the state-of-the-art emissions reduction system consisting of a passive oxidation catalyst, AdBlue injector, SCR catalyst and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF).

Fully digital: new front and rear view camera, digital speedometer
The Opel Astra already offers a portfolio of state-of-the-art technologies and assistance systems that is unrivalled in this vehicle class – first and foremost the adaptive, glare-free IntelliLux LED® matrix light. The new Astra is also available with optional extra energy-efficient LED headlamps that each consume only 13 watts in normal use. The extensive offer also includes systems such as adaptive cruise control, following distance indication, forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition and lane keep assist, to name but a few. Also available are AGR-certified (Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V.) ergonomic seats – in fabric, Alcantara or premium leather trim – with ventilation and massage function. The Astra is also highly digitalised with a new optional high-tech front camera as well as rear view camera.

The new front camera is smaller and more powerful than before, thanks to a faster processor. It now not only detects vehicles, but also pedestrians – an important safety bonus. The digital rear view camera available in conjunction with the new Multimedia Navi Pro infotainment system is also more powerful. The view of the traffic behind the vehicle on the monitor is more distinct and precise; the contrasts are more visible in the dark.

Astra customers enjoy top connectivity with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible systems Multimedia Radio, Multimedia Navi and Multimedia Navi Pro. They belong to the newest infotainment generation – smarter, faster and more intuitive. The top-of-the-line Multimedia Navi Pro – as in the Opel Insignia flagship – has an eight-inch colour touchscreen with a display choice in “Tour” or “Sport” mode. Multimedia Navi Pro can be individualised and also be operated by voice control. Connected Navigation services with real-time traffic information and online map updates make the journey more relaxed. The navigation display itself appears with redesigned symbols in a fresher, more modern look. The same applies to the instrument cluster: drivers in the new Opel Astra are the first to have a digital speedometer.

Driving pleasure: wireless charging and Bose sound system
Comfort is a top priority in the new Astra. A practical feature when travelling: compatible smartphones can now also be charged inductively via wireless charging. All you have to do is insert your smartphone into the opening provided in the centre console.

The new Astra transforms into a concert hall with the optional Bose high-end sound system. A total of seven loudspeakers including a RichBass subwoofer under the boot ensure optimum listening pleasure. The driver and passengers are surrounded by a rich sound – regardless of where they are in the vehicle. In addition, up to eight different sound profiles can be stored via the digital amplifier – depending on the taste and preference of the music lover.

Last but not least, the new Astra introduces another comfort feature that makes driving in the cold season more pleasant and safer: the heated windscreen. Fine, almost invisible wires in the windscreen ensure that Astra drivers quickly have a clear view of the road on frosty days and that the windscreen no longer fogs up.

In great demand with the Asta Sports Tourer and still on offer: the sensor-controlled tailgate that automatically opens and closes as soon as the driver moves his foot under the rear bumper with the key in his pocket.

The new Opel Astra again sets standards in its class with these top technologies as well as with exemplary fuel consumption and CO2 values for both diesel and petrol engines.
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