Opel announced yesterday its 1.6 liter CDTI engine, which debuted earlier this year on the Zafira MPV, will find its way under the hood of the Astra for the new model year, replacing the outgoing 1.7 liter diesel.
The Euro-6 compliant power plant produces 136 horsepower and a healthy 236 lb-ft of torque. With a standard start-stop system, the engine uses an average of 3.9 liters of fuel every 100 kilometers, or about 60 miles per gallon. Notably, the new diesel is also friendlier to the environment, emitting just 104g of c02 for every 100 km (62 mi).
The Astra also receives the IntelliLink infotainment system for the 2014 model year. The system integrates smart phone functions into the car, allowing users to make phone calls via Bluetooth and have received text messages read aloud. The range topping navigation system, Navi 950 IntelliLink, covers the whole of Europe with its maps.
Lastly, the 2014 Astra offers a new Active option pack, which will give customers daytime running LED lights, IntelliLink system, Auxiliary and USB outlets, Bluetooth hands free capabilities and Piano Black interior trim with black leather/cloth seats.