Its launch in September will mark six years since the current Opel Astra debuted at the same show, and just six months since the three-door version reappeared in Australia under the Holden banner.
Holden has confirmed that it will source more than one-third of its future models from the Opel range and, while it has yet to reveal specific plans, we can likely expect this new Astra hatch to lead the way.
Timing for the new Astra’s Australian debut remains unclear, although we might expect to see it replace the five-door Cruze hatch in the coming year.
In the meantime, European buyers will welcome a new, smaller, lighter and more efficient Astra hatch in September.
Full details are still to come, and today’s official photo of Opel boss Karl-Thomas Neumann alongside a camouflaged 2016 Astra reveals little.
Still, Neumann promises a “revolutionary” Astra that is a little smaller on the outside and more spacious inside.
Little else has been revealed, although the company promises a more agile and efficient Astra, thanks to its “dramatically” lighter body and new engine range.
Built on GM's D2XX platform, which will also underpin the next-generation Cruze, the new Astra will be powered by a range of three and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
Those mills will include GM’s new turbocharged Ecotec engines, developed to meet tightening emissions laws around the world.
The new modular engine family will include three- and four-cylinder units with displacements varying from 1.0 to 1.5 litres.
Developed for use in light, small and medium cars and crossovers, output in the new engines will range from 56 to 123kW and 95 to 250Nm of torque.
GM claims that its turbocharged 1.4 litre engine is 50 percent quieter and more refined than Volkswagen’s 1.4 litre engine.
“The new Astra will once again set standards in the compact class,” Neumann said.
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