NEXT ASTRA IN TESTING: Opel's seventh-generation Astra will enter production in late 2015. Image: Automedia
Opel is readying its seventh-generation Astra, due to enter
production later in 2015, and our spyguys captured images of the new model
being winter-tested in northern Europe.According to GM, all
production duties will be handled by Opel’s Ellesmere Port factory in
England, starting from late 2015. The new Astra will be available in
three-door (GTC) and five-door hatch, sedan and estate (Sport
The current car was launched at the 2009
Frankfurt auto show with styling similar to that of the then Insignia
and underpinned by General Motor’s Delta II platform. By the end of 2014 the
“J” was looking rather dated, which is why GM is hurrying research and
development of the Astra K.
Compared to the new Corsa,
the next Astra won’t be just a revamped 10-year-old machine but a
completely new car built on the automaker’s new D2XX platform, debuted with the new Chevrolet Volt revealed at the 2015 Detroit auto show.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Opel Astra
not known at the moment whether D2XX can handle all-wheel
drive but our spy images show the larger Astra K will adopt reverse
boomerang-shaped tail lights and a more dynamically styled front though.
overall, it looks similar to the outgoing model.As for engines, one of its engines will be GM’s new one-litre EcoTec three-cylinder turbo unit.
design detail is that the rear and its glass are steeper than that of the current cars. Don’t pay attention to the
front and rear bumpers - they’re either camouflaged or fakes.