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New Astra Transformed Into Sedan, Wagon, Three-door Hot Hatch Photo:
 
 
Mike Stevens | Jun, 04 2015 | 3 Comments

Holden’s new Astra hatch made its global debut in its Opel-badged European form this week, and the web’s wild band of Photoshop guns have quickly swooped.

While the new small car has so far been revealed only as a five-door hatch, we can likely expect wagon and sedan versions to appear in the next year or so.

A new three-door model is less of a certainty, although the German arm of General Motors may yet choose to once again tackle the likes of Volkswagen’s three-door Golf and the fastbacked Renault Megane.

Above: the new Astra in its real five-door form.
Above: the new Astra in its real five-door form.

Whatever Opel’s plans, this trio of renderings by artists Remco Meulendijk, X-Tomi and Virtuel Car, offer a few hints as to what we might see in the years ahead.

The three-door OPC (Opel Performance Centre) rendering will likely be of greatest interest to fans, hinting at a potential successor to the hot Astra OPC/VXR that has only recently returned to Australia.

Taking his inspiration from the new Corsa OPC hatch revealed in February, Virtuel Car has ‘upgraded’ the new Astra hatch with a streamlined three-door profile, big sports wheels, a slender bonnet intake and large chrome-framed ducts in the front bumper.

Focusing on a more affordable bracket, X-Tomi has rendered his take on a replacement for the less powerful three-door Astra, the GTC.

For those that prefer the look of a small four-door, there’s also X-Tomi’s Astra sedan, rendered as a replacement for the Astra J sedan that wasn’t offered in the Australian range.

Meulendijk’s contribution is a rival to the wagonised Volkswagen Golf, among others, along with the Toyota Corolla/Auris wagon not offered in Australia.

Which of these, if introduced, would come to Australia with a Holden badge?

We’d bet on Holden sticking to the five-door hatch. But, if GM doesn’t launch a wagon version of its new Cruze, we might also see Holden add a cargo-hauling Astra to its range.

A new Astra VXR would also be a safe bet for Australia, in whatever form it takes.

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