Having revealed the all-new Astra K in five-door hatchback form, GM subsidiary Opel-Vauxhall is hard at work on other variants of the popular Astra range, including the five-door wagon version known as the Astra Sports Tourer. This very model was recently seen undergoing testing in Europe.
While the camo on the tester model covers up the parts that are different from the already-revealed five-door hatch, we do know that the Astra Sports Tourer will share nearly everything aft of the C-pillar with the Astra K five-door hatch (5-Turer), including the D2XX platform, wheelbase, exterior, interior, and powertrain. The only differences between the Astra 5-Turer (hatch) and Astra Sports Tourer (wagon) will be the increased amount of space behind the rear wheels, along with a more traditional roofline on the wagon, as practicality and space are the defining characterstics of the variant. The current Astra Sports Tourer features 500 liters of boot space with the rear seats in place and 1,550 liters when folded.
And despite the camo on the tester, we can still tell that the design is tasteful and gracious, though we’d swap those small wheels and unexciting wheel covers for some larger alloys. But we digress; after all, the vehicle seen here is a prototype rather than a showcar.
It’s currently unknown whether the Sports Tourer will also be offered in a more potent GSi version, or if it will be available in the United States or China as a Buick. But what we do know is that the vehicle will launch across Europe in calendar year 2016 and have the new Volkswagen Golf SportWagen directly in its crosshairs.
Check out the spy pics for yourself here.