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.
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.
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.