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The New Opel Astra Range By Brian Foley

The new Opel Astra range features a sharper exterior and interior appearance. The model line up features the new 4-door saloon, 5-door hatch,, Sports Tourer (estate) , 3-door GTC coupé and the high performance OPC version.

Dave Sheeran, Managing Director of Opel Ireland said: “The Opel Astra is one of our core products and the new range presents a diverse but highly competitive, efficient and innovative offering for customers. The design has been further updated and sharpened and presents the most striking emotional execution of German engineering to date”.

This claim is supported by new state-of-the art petrol and diesel engines for more efficiency, performance, improved economy and lower CO2 emissions. will now and over the next six months expand the spectrum of the Astra powertrain offer. Orders for the Astra OPC will commence in August in Ireland.

Early next year will see the introduction of the new SIDI (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) ECOTEC 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine. Many premium technologies that have had their debut in the Insignia and the Zafira Tourer are now also available for the new Astra line-up adding to the renowned safety and comfort of the Astra. These include the second generation Opel Eye front camera with the enhanced traffic sign assistant (TSA II), lane departure warning (LDW), following distance indication (FDI) and forward collision alert (FCA). These systems issue warnings to help prevent critical situations for example when the driver is distracted or loses concentration.

Other assistance systems include the rear view camera, advanced park assist for easier parking, as well as a side blind spot alert. The radar based adaptive cruise control (ACC) with automatic collision imminent braking (CIB) works in the range of 50 km/h to 180 km/h. The ACC helps the driver maintain the selected speed by automatically accelerating or decelerating while keeping a pre-set safety distance to the vehicle ahead. The new systems complement the existing innovative features of the Astra, some of which are unique in the compact segment. These include the latest generation of intelligent adaptive forward lighting (AFL+) with bi-xenon headlamps and a host of sophisticated lighting functions, including high beam assist, dynamic curve light, cornering light, and variable light distribution that automatically adjusts according to prevailing conditions, including even the weather.

An extra cost option is Opel’s intelligent mechatronic FlexRide system which adjusts automatically to the prevailing driving conditions and offers three modes: Standard, the comfort-oriented “Tour” mode or the more active “Sport” mode. For sportier ride and handling, the Astra GTC and OPC models feature HiPerStruts (High Performance Struts) on the front wheel suspensions. The HiPerStruts improve grip, increase cornering power and significantly reduce torque steer allowing drivers to get the most out of the Astra’s performance

The FlexFix bicycle carrier system, which is exclusive to Opel ,is fully integrated in the rear bumper where it disappears like a closed drawer when not in use. The clever onboard system of the latest generation allows the Astra Sports Tourer to transport up to four bikes at a time. The five-door version can take up to two-bikes.

The Panoramic windscreen invented and patented by Opel reaches all the way to the middle of the car roof and thus gives the driver and all passengers in the Astra GTC and OPC models an extraordinary visual, space and driving experience. In contrast to other glass roof solutions, there is no transverse spar that reduces visibility.