Auto Evolution‘s spy photographers caught the upcoming 2016 Opel Astra testing in some very heavy camo and cladding. While the final design is still far from indecipherable, there are a few things we can tell from the basic design of the car.
The new Opel Astra rides on the same platform that the all-new Chevrolet Cruze utilizes, D2XX. This gives us a hunch what we see here may be very similar to the redesigned Chevrolet Cruze for the U.S. market. The front ends looks very interchangeable, meaning a Chevy bowtie would look right at home on that front grille we are looking at.
Much like the Hyundai Elantra, the new fOpel Astra has adapted a sloping coupe-like roof. The roof lines flows very well from the hood, out to the rear at the trunk. The look gives it a decidedly more premium appearance, akin to the Mercedes CLA. A lot of greenhouse, if you will. This should translate to a lot of interior room.
In terms of power, the European market should see a host of engines from the SIDI turbo family, including a turbocharged three-cylinder putting out either 90 or 115-horsepower. The three-cylinder EcoBoost has just reached U.S. shores from Ford, so it’s possible this motor could eventually work its way stateside. More likely, the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder will find its way under the hood of the next Cruze, making 150-horsepower.
For more information on the upcoming Opel Astra, and to see the spy shots yourself, follow the link here.