When the new Opel Astra it made its official world debut earlier this month it soaked up much of the limelight, and much of that hype can be attributed to its list of features normally found on more expensive vehicles like massaging seats, lane-keep assist and IntelliLux Matrix headlights. The fact Opel has already received over 30,000 orders certainly hasn’t hurt, either.
And that’s great news for GM fans here in North America, as the new vehicle may eventually show up here as a new Buick model.
The Astra debuted in hatchback and Sports Tourer forms and Opel has plans to add a coupe and four-door sedan, which would be the pair most likely to come our shores, according to Car and Driver. We also expect it will wear the brand’s new Avenir-style wing-plus-waterfall grille and new tri-shield badge when it arrives. A next-generation Buick Verano, perhaps?
The European Opel-Vauxhall Astra gets its power from a range of engines and as of now the most powerful is the new turbocharged 1.6L direct-injection I4 with 197 hp. With that in mind, it’s easy to imagine any Astra’s headed to our shores will be powered by a yet-unannounced engine that kicks out at least 200 hp. Clearly, Opel knows we love us some horsepower.
While we’d love to see Opel import a diesel variant, we highly doubt any OEMs in Europe are ready to export their diesel engines with “Dieselgate” currently on the boil.
In the meantime, let’s just be happy if the new Opel Astra makes it to North American shores at all.