The four-seat Delta II-based drop top, which is likely to be called Astra Cabrio, is widely expected to debut at the Paris Auto Show in September and share most features with its cousin — the Astra GTC, including The General’s HiPerStrut advanced front suspension system and a Watt’s link rear axle.
In addition, the Cabrio will utilize a conventional soft-top, rather than the complex, heavy, and expensive folding hard top seen on the last-generation Astra TwinTop. Powering the convertible will be a range of four-cylinder engines, one of which will likely be GM’s all-new direct-injected turbo-charged 1.6 liter four-cylinder, a powerplant that marks the beginning of GM’s four-cylinder engine revitalization program. The new 1.6 liter is capable of making a maximum of 200 horsepower and 221 lb.-ft. of torque.
Look for the Astra Cabrio to become available in Europe in late 2012. And if Opel and Buick are being aligned by General Motors, then the drop top may just come to North American shores with a Tri Shield and some Quiet Tuning — sooner or later.Google+