New Sasol GTC cars set for thrills

The iconic Grand Prix Circuit will present a new challenge to the GTC drivers as they tackle the country’s fastest racetrack on June 16.

Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

Suzuki kicks off its new model assault with an all new Swift hatchback and standalone sedan called the Dzire.

Opel repositions Astra

2006-05-12 09:20

New 1.4-litre engine and diesel power for Astra range

With the addition of three new GTC models and two five door derivatives, customers can now choose from ten distinct Astra models with a choice of seven traditional five-door hatch models and three GTC three-door derivatives.

New in the Astra five door range is the latest generation TWINPORT ECOTEC engine for the 1.4 litre Essentia base model.

Opel's TWINPORT technology was previously only available in the 1.6 litre engine in South Africa and its introduction as a 1.4 litre unit introduces a new level of fuel efficiency to the entry level Astra.

Also new is a diesel model featuring an 88 kW CDTI engine with 280Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed transmission. This latest model will become available in July.

In five-door configuration the Astra there is a choice of 1.4 litre, 1.6 litre, and 1.8 litre normally aspirated petrol engines as well as a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine and the new 1.9 CDTI diesel engine.

Three equipment levels, Essentia, Enjoy, and Sport are offered depending on engine capacity.

The Essentia level is available in 1.4 and 1.6 litre models, the Enjoy level is available as a 1.6 litre with 5-speed manual transmission and as a 1.8 litre model with 4-speed automatic transmission.

This specification level is also applied to the 1.9 CDTI diesel variant. The Sport specification is available in 1.8 and 2.0 litre (turbo) engine sizes.

Astra 1.4 Essentia

  • 66kW @ 5600 r/min, 125Nm @ 4000 r/min
  • 15 inch steel wheels fitted with 195/65R15 tyres
  • Rear disc brakes
  • ABS
  • Brake Assist System
  • Electronic Brake Distribution
  • Cornering Brake Control
  • Power steering
  • Steering column reach and height adjustment
  • Jacquard cloth trim
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Air conditioner with pollen filter
  • Front power windows
  • Anti-theft alarm and immobiliser
  • Deadlock system
  • Central locking with speed sensitive automatic locking
  • Dual front airbags, side airbags for front seats, thorax airbag
  • Radio/CD combination - MP3 compatible
  • Seven speakers
  • Board info display

    Astra 1.6 Essentia

    As for the Astra 1.4 Essentia

  • 77kW @ 6000 r/min, 150Nm @ 3900 r/min.

    Astra 1.6 Enjoy

    As for the 1.6 Essentia plus:

  • Adjustable lumbar support for driver's seat
  • Front centre armrest
  • Rear power windows
  • Remote control audio facility with headphone jacks for rear passengers
  • Cruise control
  • On board computer
  • 16 inch alloy wheels fitted with 205/55R16 tyres

    Astra 1.8 Enjoy A/T

    As for the Astra 1.6 Enjoy plus:

  • 92kW @ 5600 r/min
  • 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Sport mode switch

    Astra 1.9 CDTI Enjoy

    As for the Astra 1.8 Enjoy plus:

  • 88kW @ 4000 r/min, 280Nm @ 2000 r/min
  • 6-speed close ratio transmission
  • Traction control
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • The Sport mode switch is not available on this model

    Astra 1.8 Sport

    As for the Astra 1.9 Enjoy plus:

  • 103kW @ 5600 r/min, 175Nm @ 3800 r/min
  • 17 inch alloy wheels fitted with 225/45R17 tyres
  • Sport suspension
  • Sport mode switch
  • Understeer Control Logic
  • Sports steering wheel
  • Sports front seats
  • Leather steering wheel and gear knob
  • Alloy pedals

    Astra 2.0 Sport

    As for the Astra 1.8 Sport

  • 147kW @ 5600 r/min, 262Nm @ 4200 r/min

    Service intervals on all Astra derivatives is 15 000 kilometres. A 5 year/100 000 kilometre maintenance plan is included in the purchase price of all derivatives except the base model Astra 1.4 Essentia.

  • Opel must still finalise the pricing for the repositioned Astra range.

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