The 2016 Opel Astra has made its online appearance and it’s now heading to the Frankfurt Motor Show scheduled for September. It went through an extensive diet as all models have lost at least 120 kg while some of the versions will be as much as 200 kg lighter than their predecessors. The compact hatchback is now 5 cm shorter and sits 2.6 cm lower compared to the model it replaces while the wheelbase has been shortened by 2 cm. Despite its smaller size, the new Astra provides an additional 35 mm of legroom inside the cabin while the body has a drag coefficient of less than 0.30.
Set to be offered with IntelliLux LED matrix headlights, Opel’s new compact offering will be available with a 3-cylinder, 1.0-liter ECOTEC engine producing 105 PS (77 kW) along with a 1.6 CDTI developing 95 PS (70 kW). It will also be available with a new aluminum-made 1.4-liter ECOTEC gasoline engine producing 145 PS (107 kW) and 250 Nm (185 lb-ft).
Moving inside the cabin, the 2016 Opel Astra has the latest iteration of the company’s IntelliLink infotainment system and has support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It comes with a generous eight-inch screen and works with the OnStar system and has support for 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.
At an additional cost, clients will be able to configure the vehicle with a rearview camera, 18-way adjustable driver’s seat with ventilation, massage and heating functions, along with a few safety and assistance systems such as cruise control with speed limiter, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and Advanced Park Assist.