2008 Opel Agila review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 12 July 2007 , 14:07:08 byAngela

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Opel Agila

The 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show is going to host the world premiere of the 2008 Opel Agila, which is announced to be more dynamically designed as compared to its predecessor. This eye-catching car model is going to hit the car markets in the spring of 2008, being expected to win a lot of customers due to its distinctive side graphic, soft curves, as well as balanced proportions. The dimensions are also different from the predecessor, it is lower by seven centimetres, wider by six centimetres and longer by 20 cm. The typical Opel styling is obvious at the front thanks to the round headlamps which are integrated into almond-shaped lamp units that are meant to echo the new Corsa. The designers were enabled to create a large, easy load-through tailgate, through the positioning of the narrow vertical light units which were accentuated by the spherically styled rear lights. The interior boasts a wide selection of fresh colors together with modern styles, resulting in an exciting ambience, as well as a spacious headroom. The luggage compartment of the new Opel urban car is surprisingly large, considering the compact exterior dimensions. The standard capacity of 225 liters can easily increase to an impressive 1050 liters by the simple turn of a handle which drops the rear bench seat back. Another world premiere is represented by the two gasoline engines available for the new Agila, sharing the same design, described by two overhead camshafts, aluminum cylinder block and head. Accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in less than 12 seconds, the 1.2-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine delivers an output of 86 HP, as well as a maximum speed of 174 km/h.The four-speed automatic transmission is available as optional for this engine, being a highly attractive alternative for city driving. The 1.3-liter common-rail turbo-diesel features a top speed of 162 km/h, 75 HP and a 0-60 mph sprint covered in 13.5 seconds. The peak torque of 190 Nm for this unit is considered to be economical, as, on average, it consumes less than five liters per 100 km. The chassis development aimed to make the Agila more agile, reflecting the car's responsiveness. It features A-arms and McPherson struts in front and a torsion beam axle in the rear. The Agila achieved a 6.6 percent market share from 1.1 million million customers in Western and Central Europe who bought a vehicle from the urban car segment in 2006.