Mar 16, 2016
Rüsselsheim/Porto. Opel is continuing its success story in the compact class with no less than two new models: after the successful market launch of the five-door version of the new generation Astra a few months ago, the Sports Tourer variant is now eagerly waiting in the wings and will be at dealerships in the spring. Opel has already received more than 130,000 orders for the five-door and Sports Tourer variants. The youngest member of the compact class station wagon generation follows a tradition to which Opel has continuously been loyal since it introduced its first Kadett A CarAvan in 1963. So far, 5.4 million of the 24 million Kadett and Astra sold have been station wagon versions. The new Astra Sports Tourer is the 10th generation of an Opel compact wagon. It comes with the same trendsetting development features as its five-door sibling. The Astra Sports Tourer is based on a completely new lightweight vehicle architecture that will make it up to around 190 kilograms lighter than the outgoing model. Given that the station wagon will also be combined with the latest generation engines, the Astra Sports Tourer will be punchier, livelier and more fun to drive. Simultaneously, fuel consumption has been curbed giving it convincing attributes for company car and frequent drivers who often look to both practical and representative station wagons.
Just like its five-door sibling, the Astra Sports Tourer will be available with Opel OnStar and the new IntelliLink infotainment systems ensuring that it has an ultramodern and extensive connectivity offer. The same applies to the numerous safety and assistance systems along with the equipment features previously only known from cars from higher segments. And last but not least, the new Astra Sports Tourer will turn heads with its elegant, lean and athletic styling. The aerodynamics and interior demonstrate perfectly just how intelligent the design and the entire packaging are. With a cd-value of 0.272, the Astra Sports Tourer is just as efficient as the five-door version. Furthermore, the newcomer has exactly the same dimensions as the outgoing model but is considerably more spacious inside. Occupants can enjoy more headroom, more legroom in the back and loading space has been increased by 80 liters to 1,630 liters in total. In general, the new Astra Sports Tourer offers more all-round comfort. This makes the Astra Sports Tourer the perfect car for everyday use as a comfortable company or a multifunctional family car.
“Our new Astra Sports Tourer and our new Astra hatchback – they are two sides of the same coin. Both represent a quantum leap for Opel and for the compact class. Apart from offering ultramodern connectivity and evolutionary design, the station wagon version focuses even more on efficiency,” said Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “Our Sports Tourer is the perfect combination of practicality and dynamism: more space, less weight and in addition clever, trendsetting equipment details and features such as the power tailgate that opens and closes automatically with a little kick of the foot. This is how compact class station wagons should be nowadays.”
The new Astra Sports Tourer impresses with its athletic appearance. Just like its five-door sibling, it takes Opel’s design philosophy ‘Sculptural Artistry meets German Precision’ to the next level: efficient, light and dynamic. The newly designed double chrome bar on the grill carries the Blitz and the front headlamps melt into the radiator grill to form a graphic unity. The Sports Tourer further extends the dynamic lines of the 5-door. The slightly arched sloping roofline gives the station wagon a longer appearance – an effect that is further enhanced by the divided C-pillar. The rear view combines high functionality with sporting, elegant design. The Astra Sports Tourer has a stable, robust and safe stance – the muscular rear-wheel arch contours and the divided rear light clusters add to this impression.
The latest generation Sports Tourer has almost the same dimensions as the outgoing model with a length of 4,702 millimeters, a width of 1,871 millimeters (with exterior mirrors folded in) and a height of 1,510 millimeters – however, it offers much more space for passengers and luggage. The driver can enjoy 26 millimeters of additional headroom, passengers in the rear have 28 millimeters more legroom – two convincing improvements for spatial perception and travelling comfort. In addition, it can now shoulder 1,630 liters of luggage thanks to the efficient packaging.
Opel offers an extremely practical novelty for the new Astra Sports Tourer, which will help on a daily basis: for the first time, the tailgate can be opened without a touch or a remote control. In combination with “Keyless Open” a simple small kicking motion under the rear bumper is enough to open the tailgate. A further kicking motion under the bumper will close the tailgate. The clever system can detect any obstruction and stops the mechanism in case of emergency. Furthermore, the tailgate can still be opened by a switch on the driver’s side of the car, buttons in the luggage compartment or via the key’s remote control.
In order to increase loading space the new Astra Sports Tourer comes with optional 40/20/40 foldable rear seats enabling even more flexible loading space configurations. Furthermore, the FlexOrganizer product range with side rails, dividing nets and various fastening options is available and an option so that all loaded materials can be stored safely and tidily.
Each Sports Tourer component was looked at with practicality and efficiency in mind. This is not only visible when it comes to the efficient use of space but especially when it comes to the weight. Compact design on the in and outside and the lightweight bodyshell helped the station wagon shed up to 190 kilograms. High-strength and ultra-high-strength steels, modifications to the axles, to the front and rear along with new production process all played a part in the impressive result. The entry-level Astra Sports Tourer weighs just 1,188 kilograms (excluding driver) and is thus lighter than before. This obviously has a positive effect on agility, ride comfort, consumption and costs.
The engine portfolio with outputs ranging from 70 W/95 hp to 147 kW/200 hp (fuel consumption and CO2 emissions combined: 6.2-3.4 l/100 km; 142-89 g/km) also adds to the aforementioned virtues. The Sports Tourer will only be powered by engines of the latest generation. The diesel and gasoline engines with a displacement range of 1.0 to 1.6 liters all combine highest efficiency with excellent responsiveness.
A new engine in the portfolio is the two-stage turbocharged top-of-the-range 1.6-liter diesel. The especially compact 1.6 BiTurbo CDTI with 118 kW/160 hp develops its maximum torque of 350 Nm from only 1,500 rpm. The superiority of the common rail engine comes from the sequential, two-stage turbocharging. A small VGT (variable geometry turbine) turbocharger is responsible for the exemplary responsiveness without “turbo lag” in the low rpm range. The Astra Sports Tourer with the 1.6-liter BiTurbo under the hood only needs 8.1 seconds to accelerate from 80 to 120 km/h. But it is not only powerful – it is also frugal and in combination with six-speed manual transmission, Start/Stop and low-rolling-resistance tires, only needs 4.1 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (109 grams of CO2 per kilometer). With this brand new powertrain, the diesel offer in the Astra family is now extended to four power levels, all based on the similar 1.6 displacement, with 70 kW/95 hp, 81 kW/110 hp, 100 kW/136 hp and 118 kW/160 hp.
Five different gasoline engines are available for the Astra Sports Tourer including the all-aluminum 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo and the 1.4-liter, four-cylinder turbo. The new 1.6 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo that will celebrate its premiere at the IAA is the top-of the-range engine available for the Astra Sports Tourer. The 147 kW/200 hp direct injection turbo unit mobilizes an impressive 300 Nm of torque (with overboost, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions combined: 6.0 l/100 km, 139 g/km, with low-rolling-resistance tires).
However, the outstanding efficiency proposed by the new Astra is not only linked to the innovative powertrain technologies. Thanks to ultra-modern production methods and high-quality materials, it reaches an excellent level of quality – attributes that also have a positive impact on the total cost of ownership, where the new Astra also sets the standard in its class. Predicted residual value of the Astra Sports Tourer 1.4 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo Business CDTI Business is up around seven percent or €2,485 over a five-year period and 100,000 kilometers. In total, savings add up to €3,374.
The Astra Sports Tourer 1.6 CDTI Business with 81 kW/110 PS goes one better with a predicted residual value of 48.8% after three years or 90,000 kilometers respectively – almost twelve percent or €3,465 more than the previous model. This sees the new Astra Sports Tourer climb to the top of the total cost of ownership table – no competitor is more cost-conscientious and economical. The attractive terms for the Business models along with generous service intervals of 30,000 kilometers, play just as important a role as reduced fuel consumption.
Apart from impressing with ultramodern, trendsetting engine, the new Astra Sports Tourer also sets new standards in safety, infotainment and comfort. The intelligent IntelliLux LED® matrix light in the new Astra is another absolute novelty in the compact segment. It enables permanent extra-urban driving with glare-free high beams and automatically and continuously deactivates individual LED modules when oncoming traffic or a vehicle immediately ahead are detected. The area around the light source is simply masked out and the rest of the road remains brightly illuminated. The groundbreaking system thus increases the active safety of all road users while also bringing additional comfort to the Astra Sports Tourer driver when driving at night. Numerous innovative assistance systems drawing on the latest generation Opel Eye front camera offer the driver further support – starting with the more extensive and precise Traffic Sign Assist over Lane Keep assist, that even offers active steering corrections in case of an emergency, right up to the Forward Collision Alert with Collision Imminent Braking.
On the inside, another unique element for the compact segment can be found: Opel OnStar, the personal connectivity and service assistant, serves as a guardian angel for the driver and passengers. In addition, two new IntelliLink systems will be introduced. The latest generation of the infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Elsewhere, frequent and long distance drivers will be able to enjoy additional comfort with the new AGR-certified premium ergonomic seats with side bolster adjustment, massage and memory function along with ventilation. Passengers in the rear can also look forward to an additional optional comfort feature with seat heating being available for the two outer rear seats.
The Astra Sports Tourer is traditionally responsible for around 30 percent of Astra sales in Europe. The main customers are company car drivers along with families who want to combine practical loading space solutions with high travelling comfort. The biggest markets for the versatile station wagon, which has been available for order since last fall, are Germany, the UK and Italy.
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