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2013 Opel Astra sedan – first official info and photos

2013 Opel Astra sedan (2013 Vauxhall Astra sedan in U.K.) was presented in an official press release, together with the first pictures and complete information regarding the new generation sedan. The four-door model will complete the German’s compact range and will provide a more generous luggage compartment.

2013 Opel Astra sedan

2013 Opel Astra sedan / 2013 Vauxhall Astra sedan

Opel surprises the European fans with a model that wasn’t expected so soon. We are talking about the new 2013 Opel Astra sedan, a model that will sell extremely well in the emerging markets. The Germans have chosen to make the official debut at the 16th Moscow International Motor Show (Moscow, Russia, 27-30 August 2012).

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2013 Opel Astra – technical specifications

The new 2013 Opel Astra sedan measures 4658 mm (183.4 in) long, 1814 mm (71.4 in) wide and 1476 mm (58.2 in) high, while ensuring a wheelbase of 2685 mm (105.7 in). The interior is more than enough for 5 people and the luggage compartment totals 460 liters (16.25 ft³), 90 liters (3.2 ft³) more than the hatchback version.

The new dimensions are classified in the same sculptural design that Opel has accustomed us. The front remains unchanged, identical to that found on the sw and hatchback versions. A novelty is the back, which is defined by a trunk now embedded in the overall design. It is emphasized by the steeply inclined rear window, the spoiler integrated into the floor, the extended contour of the bumper and the stop lights similar to those found in whole Astra family.

Available for sale starting this month, the new 2013 Opel Astra sedan will be offered with four petrol engines with powers ranging between 100 and 180 horsepower, and three diesel engines with powers ranging between 95 and 130 horsepower. As expected, they are exactly the engines we find on the other model variants.

An example of efficiency will be the 1.7-liter CDTI version, assisted by a Start-Stop system and other latest technologies. The unit will ensure 110 or 130 horsepower and will offer a combined fuel consumption of only 3.7 l/100 km (76.4 mpg imperial, 63.6 mpg US). The carbon emissions stop at 99 g/km.

The engine range will be expanded early next year with the new generation Ecotec SIDI engines, represented by the supercharged 1.6-liter unit with direct injection.

Opel hopes that the new Astra sedan will win more customers in Central and Eastern European markets and especially in Russia, where the sedans market is rising. Russia is on the verge of becoming the biggest European market, currently engulfing 60% of the European sedan sales. In addition, Russia is the third largest European market for Astra.

In this context it’s absolutely logical to make the 2013 Opel Astra sedan official debut for at 2012 Moscow International Motor Show (MIMS 2012, 27-30 August).

2013 Opel Astra via | Opel

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