Opel is keen on keeping the Astra a step ahead of vehicles in its segment with features buyers may not expect from the brand’s popular hatchback. Now, Opel is bringing the latest adaptive cruise control (ACC) technology to the Astra and Astra Sports Tourer.
The brand will equip the new ACC system on Astra models with the six-speed automatic transmission, which introduced new radar and camera components. The system is able to precisely locate a vehicle ahead in the Astra’s lane and adjust the distance maintained accordingly.
The system is also able to bring the car to a complete stop and resume automatically when a safe distance has been cleared ahead of the Astra. Should this feature be disabled, the system will give audible and visible cues to restart the ACC.
Drivers may choose from Near, Mid and Far gaps for different driving situations, but the ACC will inform drivers if it has detected a vehicle ahead, which will help drivers reconsider the following distance.
Opel says this latest system is yet another step towards automated driving systems in the future and helps strike a balance between fun to drive and responsibility.
“For us at Opel, driving is fun when it is neither boring nor over-demanding,” says William F. Bertagni, Vice President Vehicle Engineering Europe. “The Astra’s latest-generation adaptive cruise control technology perfectly matches our philosophy by taking more of the chore out of long distance driving or stop-and-go traffic, and helping the driver to stay fresh and concentrated.”