Opel Astra Sedan


It took Opel a while but they finally got around making the sedan version of the Astra. Apparently it is not easy fitting a boot to a hatchback!

Featuring typical Astra strengths, including advanced technologies and its widely recognized quality, the new upscale and elegant notchback is a more affordable alternative for customers who would usually opt for this type of car in the mid-size segment. With this new four-door sedan, the five-door hatchback, the Sports Tourer station wagon and the racy GTC coupe, the line-up of Opel’s top-seller Astra is now complete. The sedan is targeted at small families with need for a small boot.

The sedan will launch with seven engines and a long list of technology and convenience features. It’s just the design that is not really over the top. We’d happily trade some of the practicality for more style.

Opel Astra Four door Sedan 1 Opel Astra Sedan

Opel press release:

“With its sporty and elegant design, the new Astra sedan re-energizes the compact four-door segment. Like all our Astras it is engineered in R?sselsheim and offers a high level of technology and widely recognized quality,” says Opel CEO, Karl-Friedrich Stracke. “Our new Astra notchback is an important part of our product offensive and plays a key role in our growth strategy. It is a stylish, more affordable alternative to many four-door sedans in the mid-size segment, therefore we see significant conquest potential in Western Europe. It will also play a leading role in substantially increasing our market share in key growth markets such as Russia and Turkey, where there is strong customer demand for compact cars with a separate luggage compartment.”

Sporty and stylish design combined with balanced proportions

The Opel design team gave the new Astra notchback a very stylish and sleek silhouette. The roofline arcs gently over the passenger area, then descends in a seamless sweep through the steeply raked rear screen to the sculpted aerodynamic lip at the end of the short rear deck. And because the raked C-pillar stretches so far back into the rear deck area, it visually conceals the size of the trunk in an elegant fashion. The feature line running through the door handles becomes more defined towards the rear, creating a muscular “shoulder” effect below the base of the C-pillar and the rear deck.

The rear is characterized by the steeply raked rear screen, the integrated deck spoiler, and the broad sweep of the sculpted bumper. The design of the tail lights echoes those of other Astra models, and the subtle crease which links them adds width and avoids any impression of bulkiness. The lamps also have an inner wing shape for the taillight function that continues the Opel brand signature. There are more sculptural features within the bumper where the number plate indent reflects the shape of the deck-lid cutout. Together, all these elements combine to create a particularly well-balanced and harmonious automotive design.

The Vice President of Design, Mark Adams, says: “The Astra model family implements our design language with sculptural artistry meeting German precision in a very dynamic fashion. All body style variants have their very own personality. We believe that the Astra four-door sedan we’re now launching is the best proportioned and most stylish notchback currently available in the compact segment.” Customers who wish to make their four-door sedan visually even more attractive, can choose from a wide offer of wheel designs of sizes up to 19 inches.

Top technology standards and typical Astra qualities in notchback segment

With its sporty, elegant design, typical Astra qualities and a large array of technological highlights – some are unique, some are unusual for the segment – Opel?s new compact four-door notchback targets customers with high expectations. The Advanced Forward Lighting (AFL+) with bi-xenon headlamps and a host of sophisticated lighting functions including variable light distribution, curve light, cornering light and high-beam assist greatly enhance active safety. The adaptive FlexRide chassis system automatically adjusts damping to the prevailing driving conditions and gives the driver the choice between three different modes – Standard, the comfort-oriented Tour mode and the more responsive Sport mode. The highly ergonomic AGR (“Aktion Gesunder R?cken e.V”) approved seats that are easy on the back are available for the driver and the front passenger. Added to that are several infotainment systems which make travelling even more relaxing and safer. The Navi 900 top unit features the routes of more than 30 European countries and a digital travel guide stored on an SD card.

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