Still more spy shots have surfaced showing a prototype 2016 Opel Astra incognito, trundling along on public roads while towing a small trailer.
The folks over at World Car Fans are anticipating that at least some of the design cues on this new Opel Astra will be borrowed from the Monza concept shown in Frankfurt, 2013. We certainly hope that’s correct, as any car that borrows from the futuristic, wagon offspring of a BMW i8 and a next-generation Acura NSX is bound to look pretty darn sharp.
As it stands, this camouflage-clad Opel Astra prototype appears to have essentially the same proportions as the current model, though it’s anticipated that the car could lose over 200 pounds for the 2016 model year. It’s expected to launch in the second half of 2015 as a hatch, with a sedan, coupe, and wagon to follow soon thereafter.
More exciting is the confirmed OPC version scheduled for 2017, which will receive a turbocharged, 1.6 liter four-banger making a jaw-dropping 284 horsepower.
To be clear, that is a substantially higher specific-power output than the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S. React appropriately.
Also possible for the 2016 car is a new, independent rear-suspension, though we have no word either in the negative, nor the affirmative, as to whether Opel has gone through with that change.
Check out the spectrum of new spy shots over at the World Car Fans website.