The 2016 Opel Astra K will soon be with us, a fact evidenced by the most recent spy shots of the all-new hatchback. The model has been spotted on numerous occasions undergoing preproduction tests, however now it’s lost the additional body cladding meant to throw us off and confuse us, and things are looking pretty promising.
Not surprisingly, there are typical Opel design cues at play on the new Astra, with the model sporting an evolutionary design. There’s a sharp bodyline running through the door handles, which extends into a shallow C-shaped element and swoops down into Opel’s signature ‘blade contour’ running just above the rocker panels. The rear fascia is a bit sharper than the outgoing model and less bulbous, while the front fascia appears to be similar to other new Opel models.
The Astra will ride on General Motors’ D2XX global vehicle architecture, which could help it shed up to 330 pounds over the outgoing model, according to CarScoops. It may also arrive with engines from Opel’s new line of EcoTec motors including a 1.0-liter turbocharged engine and 1.5-liter four-cylinder.
We’re expecting the 2016 Astra K to make its first official appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. In the mean time, check out the spy photos on CarScoops.