2005 Opel Astra GTC with panoramic roof review and pictures

Posted on Friday, 31 March 2006 , 11:03:23 byEmil

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Opel Astra GTC with panoramic roof

As the name itself promises, the 2005 Opel Astra GTC undoubtedly offers an expressive and dynamic design. The car model appears as the most dramatic interpretation of the Astra form language, being the third unique model that follows the station wagon and five-door. A completely new sense of driving feeling and space is created by the glass sunroof which extends to the B-pillar. A choice of five gasoline and three CDTI common-rail diesel engines which deliver power outputs that range from 90 to 200 HP, all of them meeting the standards of the Euro IV emissions regulations. Exciting driving will be definitely provided by the 1.0 CDTI units with 120 and 150 HP, as well as by both 2.0-liter gasoline turbo engines. Both 1.9 CDTI models comprise a state-of-the-art maintenance-free diesel particulate filter. The SAFETEC protection system offers the highest level of active and passive safety, which made it possible for Astra to receive the maximum five star rating from Euro NCAP. Hans Demant, Chairman and Managing Director, Adam Opel AG and Vice President Engineering, GM Europe, commented that they had given the Astra GTC a unique look without affecting Opel's customary everyday driveability. It aimed to reach those customers who were looking for a car that was fun to drive and that offered an expressive design. Friedhelm Engler, Astra Chief Designer and Director, Design Integration, GM Europe, added that they had made efforts to intensify the emotionality of the GTC's design as compared to the other Astra models and the GTC boasted a sleek design which was not obtained by simply reducing the number of doors on an existing model. The IDS chassis helps the dynamics of the new Astra GTC's looks to turn into action on the road. The particularly taut profile is enhanced by the angular rear side windows together with the characteristic arched sloping roof. Furthermore, gear shift points can be modified for a sportier driving style in conjunction with automatic and Easytronic transmissions. The Opel Astra GTC is scheduled to hit the car markets in the spring of 2005.