Spyshots: 2016 Opel Astra Sedan Gets Coupe-Like Roof, Chevrolet Looks

2016 Opel Astra Sedan 9 photos
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The all-new Opel Astra K generation has been under development for over a year now. It will be underpinned by the same D2XX compact car platform as the 2016 Volt and the Cruze sedan launched in China last year. Our team of photographers in Germany have captured glimpses of the sedan version's prototype on the road and we can conclude a great deal will change in terms of design.
The first thing we've noticed is that a four-door coupe body style has been integrated into the design. Just like the Hyundai Elantra, the slope of the roof is noticeable and flows from the bonnet to the boot.

Why has Opel done this? Well, the previous generations of the Astra sedan always arrived very late to the game, about two years after the hatch. As a result, they were never perceived as quality, modern goods. This time, the two models may come out together and the coupe roof may give our spied model premium appeal, like it does for the Mercedes CLA and Audi A3.

The second thing worth noting is just how similar this prototype looks to the latest Chevrolet models, the (Chinese) Cruze and the Volt II. Everything is angled and sharp, not what you expect from an Astra. Maybe the two brands are going to share these models and just change the front ends or perhaps it just looks better… we don't know.

What we do know is that the Astra Sedan will receive a host of new engines from the SIDI Turbo family. This will start with the 3-cylinder turbo 1-liter already available on the smaller Corsa. Available with either 90 or 115 hp, it will be a viable alternative to the Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost. Further up the range, we will see a 1.4-liter turbo rated at 150 hp, the first in the range available with the new twin-clutch gearbox, Opel's first such unit.

We already know what to expect in the diesel range, where two 1.6 CDTi units producing 115 and 135 hp will be joined by a 2.0 making 170 hp. As for hybrids, the German automaker has made it clear that no such model will be launched. Instead, they will focus on making a successor to the Ampera, one that's will be a lot more affordable.

Looking at the state of our Astra sedan prototype, it doesn't appear to be ready for production quite yet, having no taillight clusters in place. As such, we expect it to bow next year during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Production should take place at Vauxhall's factory Ellesmere Port from Cheshire, England.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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