2015 Opel Astra K is a Handsome Hatchback

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Months ahead of its official debut at the IAA 2015 (Frankfurt Motor Show), an Italian automotive publication got its hands on the official press photographs for the 2015 Opel Astra K and leaked them onto the World Wide Web. Boys and girls with Opel on their minds, what’s your opinion about the K?
Compared to the Opel Astra J, I bet everybody will claim that the new kid on the block is a far more beautiful machine. It’s hard to observe it at first, but the revised headlights are the Opel IntelliLux LED Matrix units with “glare-free high beams” detailed last month by the German automaker. There are 16 LED elements in total, 8 for each of the headlights.

So we know how the full-LED headlamps look when applied to the 2015 Opel Astra K. For the base halogen headlamps, we reckon we have to wait a wee bit before Opel will give us a glimpse of them. The Italians from are telling that the K will be about 100 kilograms (220 lbs) lighter than the outgoing model. That could translate to 1,293 kg (2,850 lbs) for the 2015 Opel Astra 1.0 ECOTEC SIDI Turbo (115 HP) if we base this guesstimate on the outgoing Astra 1.4.

Underpinned by the same D2UX/D2XX vehicle architecture employed by General Motors for the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze and Volt, the Opel Astra K will also utilize an all-new 1.4-liter petrol with 145 horsepower, as well as two 1.6 ECOTEC SIDI Turbo engines with 170 and 200 ponies, respectively. If oil burners are your cup of tea, the diesel front will come in the guise of single and twin-turbo 1.6 “Whisper Diesel” motors with up to 195 horsepower.

Word on the street is that the China-spec Chevrolet Cruze’s 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox will arrive on the Opel Astra K as soon as possible. Other than the oily bits and aesthetic front, we deem necessary to mention the K’s cabin design. The Astra in the adjacent photographs does seem to employ an IntelliLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

There’s an e-brake replacing the good ole handbrake lever, a digital TFT screen flanked by two analogue gauges in the instrument cluster, as well as a center stack with noticeably fewer buttons than the outgoing Astra. Just like the front fascia design, the styling of the K’s dashboard resembles that of the Corsa E.

UPDATE: the 2015 Opel Astra K is here to stay.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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