An all-new seventh-generation Opel Astra will arrive in 2015 riding on a revised version of General Motors’ D2XX global vehicle architecture, which will also underpin the upcoming 2016 Chevrolet Cruze. The new Astra has been spied by AutoEvolution, giving us the best look yet at Opel’s upcoming compact hatchback.
The model which was photographed is heavily camouflaged, but some body lines and other cosmetic changes can still be seen. The grille appears larger while the headlights have moved to a higher up, more central position beneath the headlights, much like on the Opel Adam. The overall design is sharper and sleeker than the outgoing model, evidence of Opel’s new design language which is said to be inspired by the Monza concept.
Much like the new Cruze, the upcoming Astra will utilize GM’s new line of Ecotec engines. No powertrain options have been confirmed, but it is expected the new 1.0-liter and 1.4-liter turbocharged SIDI engines will find their way under the hood of the compact hatch, among others. Transmission options could include the 7-speed dual clutch automatic to be offered on the Chinese-market Cruze, a six-speed manual and possibly a six-speed automatic.
The current Astra was introduced back in 2009, making this new model long-awaited and highly anticipated. According to AutoEvolution, manufacturing of the seventh-gen Astra could be handled by GM’s Vauxhall Ellesmere Port assembly plant, with volume reaching a minimum of 160,000 units each year.