Step Right Up: Order Books Now Open For 2016 Opel Astra Sports Tourer4
The 2016 Opel Astra hopes to make a big splash within the European auto market, and Opel is betting big on its success. Following the announcement of the 2016 Opel Astra hatchback, Opel has officially opened order books for the 2016 Astra Sports Tourer.
The 2016 Astra Sports Tourer will start at €18,260, or $20,757 USD, with the base 1.4-liter engine, and carries over each and every technology and innovation found in the Astra K hatchback. Furthermore, the 1.6-liter Bi-Turbo CDTI diesel engine, currently reserved for the Astra, will also be available in Sports Tourer form. The 1.6-liter produces a hefty 258 lb-ft of torque at merely 1,500 RPM, and is coupled with 160 hp to scoot the Astra Sports Tourer around town. Pricing for the Bi-Turbo diesel starts at €24,950, or $28,388 USD.
For those looking for regular petrol power, the all-new 1.6-liter EcoTec turbo four will deliver 200 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque, making the engine the most powerful in the Astra Sports Tourer range. Pricing for the 1.6-liter turbo begins at €26,910, or $30,618 USD. Opel will also offer a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo petrol engine with a €700 up-charge.
As for the 2016 Astra’s innovations, all are present and accounted for. Those include the IntelliLux Matrix headlights, Opel OnStar, ergonomic wellness seats and more.
“Our new Astra represents a quantum leap in the compact class. The Sports Tourer and the 5-door variant both offer numerous high-tech features from higher segments as standard or as an option. Now both models can be ordered and come with exemplary value for money, which is typical for Opel,” enthused Peter Christian Küspert, Vice President Sales & Aftersales Opel Group.
Expect an Astra sedan to follow closely behind the hatchback and Sports Tourer variants in the near future. In the meantime, we’ll ponder whether Buick is ready for a Sports Tourer itself …
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I was in Germany and Poland in April of this year. On our drive from Munich to Warsaw I noticed that probably around 3 out of 4 cars on Autobahn were combis/wagons or sports tourers, not sure what to call them now. Gorgeous cars, wish US market was blessed with the offerings Europeans have when it comes to wagons. BMW, Audi and Opel dominated the Autobahn between Mun and Waw.
Make fuel over $4.00 a gallon like it is in Europe and it will happen, till then cheap fuel = big SUV/Trucks rule.
$4 will not drive people to car wagons. They will just buy more Encores or anything that sits higher you and feels more truck like.
The wagon is dead in America as Mr Brady. The mini van killed it and the CUV is jumping on its grave. A wagon in Europe never came with fake wood grain sides and drove like a Chriscraft. In Europe a wagon was cool to start with. Over here wagons were for the Clark Griswold’s going to Wally World and that they gave up on their dreams of every having a cool car.
When people In Europe think wagons they think Shooting Brakes in America they think Family Truckster with the fun package. You know the one where “If you think you hate it now just wait till you drive it”.
No matter how hard some want to think we and Europe are closer now the truth is we still are miles apart on some thing automotive and Diesels and Wagons are two. It is not one world.
I hope that Buick can import a small number of these to start a change in thinking here. With Opel carrying the load they should be able to still do this at a small profit and grow the segment again. Give Buick this wagon and the Opel hatch and we could see some real change at Buick.
I agree that a few things like this might start to change public perception. I’d like to see it here too.