With development of the
2016 Chevrolet Cruze
now largely finalized
, one of the next vehicles to be spun off General Motors Company’s [NYSE:F] revised D2XX compact car platform will be the next generation of the Opel Astra. A prototype for the new car has now been spotted once again.
The prototype is for the five-door hatchback bodystyle, and although it’s heavily camouflaged we can see that its proportions will be similar to that of the current model (shown below). At the rear, we’re expecting a more chiseled look influenced by the styling of Opel’s forward-looking Monza concept from 2013
, while at the front the styling should be similar to that of Opel's Adam minicar.
Like the current Astra, the new one is expected to spawn several other variants including a sedan, Sports Tourer wagon and GTC coupe. Power will come from GM’s next-generation Ecotec family
, which consists of three- and four-cylinder units, and comes in gasoline and diesel flavors. Following the launch, expect to see hybrid and high-performance OPC variants.
The current Astra was first launched in 2009
and received a mid-cycle update in 2012
. This means we can expect the new Astra to be introduced late next year or in early 2016. A debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show is a strong possibility. Its launch is part of Opel's DRIVE!2022 strategy
, which will see the brand introduce 17 new engines and 27 new models between now and 2018. Other new models include next-generation versions of the Corsa subcompact and Insignia mid-sizer
, plus their variants.
While GM has made Europe the only focus for Opel
, a version of the new Astra may be sold in Australia under the Holden brand. A revised version of the Astra sedan will also form the basis of the next-generation Buick Verano
, just as the current Astra sedan is linked with the current Verano._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.