Opel has boosted the appeal of its Astra range in the European market this week, slotting its new 1.6 SIDI turbocharged petrol engine into the line-up.
Announced in 2012 and detailed earlier this year, the new efficiency-focused 1.6 turbo will be offered in two states of tune and will replace Opel's existing 1.6 litre turbo engine.
The entry version produces 125kW between 4250-6000rpm and 280Nm between 1650-4250rpm, while the more powerful tune offers 147kW at 4700-5500rpm and 300Nm from 1750-4700rpm.
The entry version is now available with the Astra range in Europe, replacing the 132kW/230Nm engine currently available in Australia.
There's also a new six-speed manual transmission, and a new low-friction six-speed auto offered as an option, adding an 'Active Select' sports-shifting mode.
In the five-door Astra, the new engine promises fuel consumption figures of 5.9 l/100km - down from 7.0 l/100km - and a 0-100km/h time of 8.7 seconds.
Speaking with TMR today, Opel Australia's Michelle Lang confirmed local plans for the new engine.
"We will be getting this engine, across selected models. Details on this will be announced shortly," Ms Lang said.
The same engine is also available in the Australia-bound Zafira van and the larger Cascada convertible, which is also expected to debut here early next year.