Not long ago, it was widely thought that some of Opel’s more exciting Astra variants such as the GTC coupe and Sports Tourer wagon would make it over to the United States to bolster Buick’s lineup while also utilizing some of Opel’s spare capacity. Prototypes were even spotted near General Motors Company’s [NYSE:GM] tech center in Warren, Michigan, but ultimately only one Astra-derived model, the Cascada convertible, was brought over.
Now there’s a new generation of the Astra, based on GM’s latest D2XX compact car platform, and once again the rumors are circulating that some of the car’s variants will end up here. Car and Driver reports that the new Astra foreshadows future models for the U.S. market and mentions that the most likely contenders would be a coupe and sedan.
Right now Opel has only showed off the new Astra hatch and Sports Tourer wagon. Still in the works are new versions of the GTC coupe, Sedan and Cascada convertible. However, it’s likely we’ll only see the Astra-based coupe and possibly the wagon as Buick already has a D2XX-based sedan in the works: the 2017 Verano. Another likely option is a new convertible to replace the Cascada at some point.
As all the cars are based on GM’s new D2XX platform, they will offer significant weight savings and loads of new tech features compared to any of GM’s current offerings in the compact segment. In fact, some versions of the new Astra are close to 300 pounds lighter than the previous-generation models.