Opel’s new Astra five-door hatchback has been spotted testing at the Nurburgring by Autoevolution. The new compact car will share General Motors’ new D2XX global vehicle architecture with the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze and will be powered by new four and three cylinder engines from Opel’s new line of Ecotec motors.
Autoevolution says the two cars spotted at the Nurbrugring sounded like they were powered by Opel’s new 1.0-liter SIDI turbocharged engine and a 1.6-liter CDTI diesel. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which will be available in the D2XX Cruze is also expected to be carried over into the new Astra for models with more than 140 horsepower and will likely be joined by a six-speed manual option.
As with the new Vauxhall/Opel Corsa, the larger Astra will adopt styling similar to that of the compact and stylish Adam city car. The front grille appears very Adam-like through the camouflage, while it appears as if Opel’s sculpted, swooping design elements have been employed on the side of the car.
In changing over to the new D2XX platform, the car will reportedly lose a substantial 176 lbs, which will improve performance and fuel economy. Weight loss figures can be expected for the D2XX Cruze over the current model as well.
Expect the new Astra to debut sometime next year or in early 2016. A sedan and wagon variant is also expected to follow, according to Autoevolution.