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2016 Opel Astra Spy Shots

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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.

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