2010 Opel/Vauxhall Astra review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 13 May 2009 , 07:05:38 byDan

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Opel/Vauxhall Astra

The Opel Astra has reached its 6th generation in 30 years. The model has a strong, cab-forward silhouette, steeply-raked windscreen and sloping rear roofline. Just like the Insignia, it has spent more than 600 hours in the wind tunnel, benefiting performance, economy and overall refinement. The new Opel Astra has a rakish, 4.4 meter length body, in an all-new chassis with a 71 mm-longer wheelbase, benefiting both passenger comfort and packaging. The stability and the agility will be improved thanks to wider tracks on the front and rear. In the end the word comfort will have new meanings. The FlexRide system, a rarity in this sector offers drivers three unique damper settings as standard, sport and tour while being fully adaptive to changes in driving style and cornering speed. Not long from now, we will have the opportunity to see for the first time pictures of the new Opel Astra, but until then expect similar strides in quality to those found in the Insignia, combined with bog improvements in packaging, seat design and in-cabin storage. The model will also get the Adaptive Forward Lighting, which features bi-xenon lighting that changes its intensity and reach to suit prevailing road conditions, all these as optional. Actually, in case you remember, a similar system was introduced on the Insignia and it is now recognized as one of the most advanced systems available. Under the hood, the model hides a 1.4-liter petrol engine capable of generating 140 PS. This unit joins three further petrol engines, which range from 100 PS to 180 PS, and four diesel engines ranging from 95 PS to 160 PS. So that you know, all engines are Euro 5 compliant. These are all the detail available on the matter so far, but do not go very far.