Opel has consistently told anyone willing to listen how the Opel Monza concept would be a key influence in its future offerings. While the Monza itself may be poised for a return down the road, today, the 2016 Opel Astra has been officially unveiled with plenty of trickle down styling cues.
However, first, and foremost, the 2016 Opel Astra’s exterior footprint is smaller, yet roominess improves inside thanks to clever engineering. The all-new architecture has reduced the 2016 Astra’s curb weight by up to 441 pounds, depending on which powerplant resides under the bonnet. The win-win situation creates the most agile, frugal and lean on-paper Opel Astra to date.
Regarding the engine offerings, Opel will offer the latest generation in petrol, and diesel, engines. The 1.0-liter three-cylinder Ecotec turbocharged engine, producing 105 hp, sits as the pint-sized powerplant, and a 1.6-liter CDTI engine, producing 95 hp, will cover those yearning a diesel configuration. Though, Opel says the highlight of the 2016 Astra engine choices is a new 1.4-liter Ecotec direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder. The aluminum architecture is said to reduce weight while returning 145 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque early in the power band. In fact, the aluminum engine block alone weighs 22 pounds less than the steel block of the current 1.4 turbo.
Moving right along to the exterior design of the 2016 Opel Astra, the compact hatch has cleaned up well. The Monza show car cues are evident in the new “Sculptural Artistry meets German Precision” design philosophy. Opel says athletic traits, rather than muscular cues, were an inspiration to the exterior design. Lines are sharper, creases run throughout the sheetmetal and a crafty c-pillar gives the impression of a floating roofline. Frankly, the design is quite refreshing.
Despite a shortened wheelbase, nearly 1.5-inches of legroom has been added inside the 2016 Astra, something rear-seat passengers will certainly enjoy. They’ll also enjoy what Opel calls its “highest-quality interior yet.” Designers aimed to transfer the athletic exterior appearance to the interior, with a clear, clean look. Control and toggle button clutter has been reduced, and a large touchscreen sets up camp as a driver information center in the center stack.
The 2016 Astra will not be short on technology. As detailed previously, the 2016 Astra will be the first Opel to arrive with Opel OnStar, as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. New IntelliLux Matrix headlights have been engineered as an LED solution to traditional headlamps, providing the greatest light capacity seen on any road-going Opel. Not to mention, this LED matrix system sports a much longer lifecycle than halogen or Xenon lighting. This latest 2016 Astra even supports Mayback like creature comforts with massaging, ventilated, heated and width-adjustable seats.
Opel has announced the 2016 Astra as “the road to Opel’s future.” With a road laid out like this, it should be a bright, sunny cruise.