Now that the Opel brand is under the Stellantis umbrella, we are seeing some interesting new products from the Peugeot S.A. (PSA) side of the recently merged organization. Most recently, we saw an amazing resto-mod concept with the Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD, which showcased a modern electrified powertrain in a classic 1970 Opel Manta A. Proving that Opel is trying to appeal to a much younger crowd, compared to years past.
Yesterday, Opel released some teaser images of its upcoming Opel Astra compact offering. While we won’t be seeing this car here in the North American market, the Astra was once sold here for a single year in 2008 under the Saturn brand when General Motors (GM) owned Opel. The Astra then made an appearance as the Buick Verano from 2011 to 2016, in the North American market before being discontinued. The Astra has been an important part of the Opel/Vauxhall lineup for a number of years and this new sixth-generation will mark the first time that the nameplate has been electrified.
“The future Astra will open an exciting new chapter in the 30-year history of our compact class model”, says Opel CEO, Michael Lohscheller. “We are confident that the next-generation Opel Astra will make a powerful impression and attract many new customers to the brand.”
Pulling inspiration from the new Opel Mokka, the new front styling of the Astra is part of the new face of the brand which stretches across the front, seamlessly integrating technologies such as the ultra-slim IntelliLux LED® headlamps bringing cutting-edge innovation to the compact market segment. At the rear, the all-new Astra nameplate is centrally placed on the surface of the tailgate.
Opel also gave us a peek at it’s new next-generation Pure Panel digital cockpit for the Astra with fully glazed surfaces with two widescreen displays delivering detoxed information in a horizontal driver-oriented format. Physical controls have been reduced to the minimum in the form of finely crafted buttons.
Opel says that the next-generation Astra will be offered in a five-door hatchback and Sport Tourer wagon configuration. Both models will be offered with electrified versions as Opel continues its product offensive of electrificating its entire brand portfolio.
Be sure to stay tuned as we will be taking a look at more Opel vehicles including the Astra, as the Stellantis continues to intregrate the Peugeot and Fiat Chrysler sides of the company’s portfolio.