New Opel Astra Cabrio in the works

The three-door sports hatch will be joining the regular five-door hatch, wagon and cabrio variants of the new Opel Astra

The three-door sports hatch will be joining the regular five-door hatch, wagon and cabrio variants of the new Opel Astra

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With Opel’s new Astra now out in the open, attention can turn to variants other than the regular five-door Hatchback that’s been plastered all over the web in recent months. While a new Wagon and sporty Coupe are almost certain, latest reports indicate that a stylish Cabrio model will also resurface for the sixth-generation Astra.

Sitting as the flagship model in the Astra range, the new Cabrio will replace the current Astra TwinTop but will be touted as a much sportier model. The new Astra Cabrio will feature just two seats and go up against premium roadsters expected from Mini and Volkswagen, according to AutoExpress.

In keeping with this premium positioning, the car will also sport a folding metal hard-top, as well as xenon headlights, a full bodykit and chrome exhaust tips. Its interior will be derived from the standard Hatchback but supportive bucket seats and leather trim will continue the luxury/performance theme.

Powertrain options will reportedly include a 270hp (201kW) 2.0L turbocharged petrol unit, which should be able to accelerate the car from 0-60mph in less than six seconds and see it reach a top speed of more than 150mph. In addition, there will be new 150hp (112kW) 1.4L turbo as well as a 170hp (127kW) 2.0L CDTI for diesel fans.

Opel’s new Astra is yet to make its world debut and after that there are still the respective launches for the Wagon and Coupe, expected for sometime in 2010. Only then will Opel launch the new Astra Cabrio.
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  1. Opel has already had a two-seat cabrio-coupé with folding steel roof in the range since September 2004. Since then, over 41,000 units have been produced. Production start for the new Astra TwinTop will be early 2006 in Antwerp, Belgium, where it will share a production line with the Astra sedan and GTC.
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