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2009-02-27 07:58

The fourth-generation Opel Astra is breaking cover! 

Using spy shots, design cues from other new Opels and other relevant information our artist’s impression show what we can expect of the newcomer.

Opel is due to unveil the new Astra at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year, while local sales will probably only kick off early in 2010.

The new model is taking most of its styling from its big brother, the Insignia, giving the car a conservative but classy look.

According to Auto Express Opel will equip the Astra with some exciting gizmos such as the carmaker’s groundbreaking Front Camera System, capable of reading traffic signs and relaying information to the driver.

There will be Adaptive Front Lighting, too, which reads the driving conditions and adjusts the headlight beam accordingly. Another possibility is an adaptive chassis system, which adjusts the suspension to order,.

Opel will revise the engine line-up to and introduce a range of smaller, forced-induction powertrains.

A 1.4-litre turbo, which will lead the charge, will become available in a variety power outputs. There will also be a choice of diesels and direct-injection petrol units.

Stop-start belt-alternator technology is also on the cards to improve overall economy and to reduce CO2 emissions.

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