Holden’s brand-new, next-generation, not-the-one-that-just-launched Astra hatch has been revealed today, on the heels of a broken embargo in the European press.
These shots, published first by Italian enthusiast site CarPassion.it and then released by GM's European arm Opel, offer the first genuine look at the new 'K' model since it was first spied testing early last year.
The new model will debut as the Opel Astra at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show. An Australian launch date is still to be confirmed, we can likely expect the new Astra to land in the second half of next year.
Announcing the 2016 Astra’s coming last month, Opel boss Karl-Thomas Neumann told buyers to expect a “revolutionary” new design language to debut with the new model.
For the new 2016 model, Opel has delivered a look that is sharper and even more athletic than the still stylish six year-old 'J' model it will soon replace.
Shown here in what is likely a high-spec sports grade, the new Astra’s standout styling features include sharp new headlights, flanking a broad new grille design and a tall bumper with fin-like fog light frames.
Through the profile is a tapered roofline, Nissan Murano-like wraparound look to the C-pillar and a heavily creased character line through the top of the doors.
The look is rounded out with large multi-spoke wheels and a long tailgate bisected by hooked LED tail lamps.
The cabin also hints at a more premium look for the Astra, doing away with the long sloping dash and brick-like buttons of the current model.
Instead, there’s a tall two-tier design with a large eight-inch display (which we know will have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto loaded), surrounded by a smaller and more streamlined selection of physical controls.
A slim new sports steering wheel is featured in this model, along with gloss black surfaces and subtle silver highlights.
The new Astra will be built on the same D2XX platform that is set to underpin the coming new Cruze range.
That revised platform and the new Astra's design combine to make it a slightly more compact offering than the outgoing model, measuring 49mm shorter, 26mm lower and riding on a 23mm shorter wheelbase.
Despite shrinking in the wash, Opel says the new Astra offers more interior space, including 35mm growth in rear leg room.
The Astra's upgraded architecture and smaller dimensions result in around 120 to 200kg in weight savings, with much of that coming from the body-in-white and new chassis components.
Opel has also previously confirmed a range of turbocharged three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, ranging in displacement from 1.0 to 1.6 litres.
A 70kW 1.6 litre four-cylinder diesel will open the range, followed by a 77kW 1.0 EcoTec three-cylinder petrol unit.
A larger 1.4 litre four-cylinder EcoTec petrol engine will also be offered, delivering 107kW and 250Nm of torque.
A new six-speed manual transmission will feature - itself contributing 37kg to the new model's weight loss - and Opel promises smoother shifts and a shorter lever action.
Technologies will include new IntelliLux LED matrix headlights, claimed as a first for the segment, promising a longer and clearer spread of light than the equivalent halogen or xenon options.
There's also Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Assistant, Cruise control with speed limiter, Advanced Park Assist, Side Blind Spot Alert and a rearview camera.
As for the new Astra’s positioning in Australia, expect it to form part of a one-two punch alongside the new Cruze, which will be revealed later this month.
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