Opel has announced pricing for its Astra Sports Tourer, which will be present at the upcoming Paris Motor Show from October 2-17. The Tourer, which Opel describes as beautiful, athletic, practical, eco-friendly, and affordable, is essentially a wagon version of the Astra 5-door hatch.
The Delta II-based wagon will be available with a base 1.4 liter ecoFLEX diesel that makes 74 kW (100 hp) and starts at €18,000 (in Germany). A total of eight powerplants will be available in the Sports Tourer, including three diesels and five gasoline-powered ECOTEC four-bangers. All engines will range from 100 to 180 horsepower.
But the whole purpose of a wagon is – of course – space – and the Astra Sports Tourer has plenty of it: 500 liters (17 cubic feet) of load space with the rear seats upright and 1,500 liters (53 cubic feet) with the rear seats folded. The Sports Tourer is also equipped with Opel’s FlexFold rear seat system, which allows each section of the 60/40 split-fold rear seat to be folded forward at the press of a button (located in the side walls of the cargo area). As you would expect, a cargo cover is also included.
Like all new Astras, the Sports Tourer incorporates Opel’s adaptive FlexRide chassis, AFL+ adaptive forward lighting, the only ergonomic front seats in the segment certified by independent back experts from AGR (Aktion Gesunder Rűcken), as well as Opel Eye traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning system.
The Astra Sports Tourer can be ordered now from an Opel dealer or directly from Opel itself. A Vauxhall version will follow shortly.
The GM Authority Take
That’s right, yours truly can’t get enough wagon. First we got to feast our eyes on the Astra hatch, then this Astra Sports Tourer broke cover, and now we have the beautiful Cruze hatch/wagon, all-new Aveo, and the Opel GTC concept all set to make their debuts at the upcoming Paris show. If this isn’t the official return of the wagon, I don’t know what is.
More importantly, though, is where the Astra Sports Tourer and hatch will be available. Sure they’ll be seen all over Europe, but given GM’s plans to expand Opel beyond the Old World, where else do you think they’ll end up?