The new Opel Astra 2022 it has begun to be discovered. Opel has published the first images of the future generation of the Astra, which will be the first of the German compact to have electrified versions. And although they do not show us the car in its entirety, they give us the first clues about the design and part of the technology of the next Astra.
The design of the next Opel Astra will follow the steps started with the Mokka, with a front that the German company calls ‘Opel Viewfinder’ and that is distinguished by the horizontal and rectangular arrangement of the elements. The grille has a kind of visor that covers almost the entire width of the front and integrates behind it the grille, the IntelliLux LED headlights and the new design of the Opel Blitz, the brand logo with its iconic lightning bolt.
An angular design with very marked straight lines that, in the case of the Mokka, give it a strong personality. With the images published by Opel, the firm also confirms that the new Astra 2022 can be configure with two-tone bodies, with the roof, the A-pillars and the mirrors in black (see image on the cover) and the rest in another color more alive, a deep yellow in this case.
The new Opel design language is also transferred to the rear, although in this case we have less information. Yes we can see that the model name is located in the center of the gate from the trunk, with the word ‘Astra’ well present and with an elegant typeface.
The interior will feature the Pure Panel instrumentation, which is the name chosen for the two panoramic screens in horizontal arrangement comprising the 12-inch digital instrument panel, on the left, and the touchscreen of the infotainment system, on the right and facing the driver.
The physical controls on the dashboard have been reduced to a minimum, although there are 9 buttons just in front of the center screen, apparently with some climate control functions. There are a few more buttons on the steering wheel, with a three-spoke design, in an interior that, according to Opel, will gain integers in quality thanks to the set of materials, textures and design used in it.
A plug-in hybrid mechanics with similar characteristics to the 308 PHEV
The new Opel Astra 2022 will use Stellantis’ EMP2 modular platform, the same one used by the new Peugeot 308 and DS 4. Although Opel has not discussed the details of electrification of the next Astra, this will be left in charge of a plug-in hybrid mechanics with 225 hp and around 60 kilometers of autonomy in electric mode, with a 1.6 turbo gasoline engine, e-EAT8 gearbox and front-wheel drive.
We cannot rule out a less powerful second plug-in hybrid version, with 180 hp, equivalent to the Peugeot 308 Hybrid 180. In this case, it would have the same 12.4 kWh capacity battery but the heat engine reduces its power from 180 to 150 horsepower. Not even one fully electric version, since Peugeot will do the same with the electric Peugeot e-308.
The next generation of the Opel Astra will be available with a five-door body and with the familiar Sports Tourer. It will be manufactured in Rüsselsheim (Germany) and is scheduled to debut later this year, although It will not go on sale until the beginning of next 2022.