The Opel Astra Sports Tourer was finally presented officially by the German car company Opel that has issued all the photographic material and technical information on behalf of the family model to be presented in “flesh” to the Paris Motor Show in October.
The Astra Sports Tourer, which clearly has a close technical relationship with the hatchback sedan from which will supply our markets with an initial range of eight different engines, including petrol and diesel. The units range from small 95 bhp 1.3 CDTI, with the powerful 1.6 turbo petrol 180 bhp. The most important innovation compared to the sedan from which all engines, is the introduction of a new powerstep the 1.4 turbo, 120 bhp, which is already known to support the unit of 140 hp and gradually replace the more “elderly” 1.6 aspirated 115 bhp. The new unit will be combined with a six-speed manual gearbox, and the other petrol turbo. The second important technique is the debut of a six-speed automatic transmission, this new Sports Tourer is offered in conjunction with the 1.4 turbo 140 bhp.
As regards the range diesel instead, unchanged from the sedan: besides the above mentioned 95 bhp 1.3 CDTI, you can choose the 1.7 CDTI with 110 bhp and 125 bhp and 2.0 CDTI with 160 bhp. Even for the latter, is now available on demand six-speed automatic transmission. For the rest, other innovations are the introduction of the gear shift indicator is standard on all versions and the arrival of the start & stop. This device is not available at launch, will make its appearance until later on ecoFLEX version that will be equipped with the 1.3 CDTI 95 CV.
The Astra family tradition remains as a model for those who are looking for “open spaces”, the trunk can stow a minimum of 500 up to a maximum of 1550 liters of total load. In addition to studying the space to make it as smooth as possible, Opel engineers have developed a system of semi-automatic killing of the back seat (with split 60/40) called FlexFold. The length of the load pattern also has grown by 28 mm compared to the current, reaching 1835 mm.
Opel, which has not yet revealed the price of the car, finds that the Sports Tourer will cover about 25% of total sales in Europe of abstraction. Sales of the new family will begin during the month of November