2016 Opel Astra lighter by 120kg; Unveiling at Frankfurt Motor Show – IAB Report

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Opel has confirmed that it will unveil the 11th generation Astra at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, which is scheduled to open to the media on September 15, 2015. Ahead of the unveiling, the company has released images of camouflaged prototypes, and even shared some details of the ‘Astra K’.

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According to Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, the forthcoming Astra will feature “an awesome design”, innovative solutions and high efficiency. Reported to be based on GM’s D2 architecture, the new Astra would be lighter than the outgoing model by a significant 120 kg at least.

Dr. Neumann confirms that the new Astra will be smaller on the outside, but larger inside, compared to the current generation Astra J. To put it in numbers, the Astra K is 49 mm shorter length, 26 mm lower and 23 mm shorter in wheelbase over the J. However, figures for the interior are yet to be announced.

2016 Opel Astra prototype
The new Astra is smaller on the outside, but larger on the inside compared to today’s model.

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The new 2016 Astra will be powered only by “state-of-the-art engines of the new generation”, the manufacturer said in a statement. One of these engines will be a 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol capable of 143 bhp, matched to a 6-speed manual transmission.

Opel’s new OnStar connected service will make its debut on the forthcoming Astra.

2016 Opel Astra – Press Release

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