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Up to 21 per cent Lower CO2: Most Efficient Astra of All Time

10.09.2019

  • New engine generation: for minimum consumption and low emissions
  • New standard: all engines already comply with Euro 6d
  • New drag coefficient: only 0.26 Cd
  • New transmission: nine-speed automatic for five-door and Sports Tourer
  • New Sport chassis: more direct steering, new dampers, Watts link rear axle
  • New technologies: optimized front camera, digital instruments
  • New comfort: heated windscreen, new infotainment, wireless charging

Rüsselsheim/Frankfurt.  The new Opel Astra is celebrating its public premiere at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. The five-door limousine (from €19,990, all prices RRP incl. VAT in Germany) and the Sports Tourer (from €20,990) are now available to order and come in the trim lines Edition, GS Line, Elegance and Ultimate, and as the “120 Years” special model in Germany. This new Astra is the most efficient ever with up to 21 per cent lower CO2 emissions than the predecessor. Five of the seven powertrain combinations on offer even undercut the magical 100 gram mark for CO2 emissions per kilometre driven (according to NEDC[1]). With a completely new generation of engines and transmissions, the Opel Astra sets standards for low emissions, putting it at the top of the compact class.

The Astra’s ultra-modern three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines (NEDC1 fuel consumption: urban 6.3-3.9 l/100 km, extra-urban 4.3-3.1 l/100 km, combined 5.1-3.4 l/100 km, 116-90 g/km CO2; WLTP2 combined: 6.1-4.3, 141-112 g/km CO2; preliminary figures) ensure lively driving performance and guarantee top driving comfort with minimum noise generation. A counter-rotating balance shaft in the block of the three-cylinder engines offsets vibrations. The base power units have a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. A new stepless automatic (continuously variable) transmission and a smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic also contribute to lower fuel consumption and higher comfort.

Meticulous development in the wind tunnel also made a significant contribution to the reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. At 0.26 Cd, the Sports Tourer belongs to the estate cars with the lowest drag coefficient in the world, while the five-door leads the hatchback class at 0.26 Cd. As a result, the new Astra is one of the most aerodynamic compact cars on the market.

The Astra’s agile chassis has been further developed. New shock absorbers increase comfort. The optional dynamic chassis features stiffer dampers, a more direct steering and a Watts link at the rear axle.

Thanks to state-of-the-art emissions reduction technologies such as Gasoline Particulate Filter (GPF) and diesel Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), all the Astra’s new powertrains already meet the future Euro 6d emission standard. The new all-aluminium engines are equipped as standard with fuel-saving stop/start technology. The new Astra also comes with many other top technologies, from the new front and rear view camera to the digital speedometer and the next generation of infotainment. The e-Call emergency call system is also on board. A wireless charger in the centre console for smartphones is optionally available.

Efficiency champions: up to 21 per cent lower CO2 emissions

The compact, three-cylinder, turbo petrol units – all equipped with Gasoline Particulate Filter (GPF) – are available with 1.2 and 1.4-litre displacements. With power outputs extending from 81kW (110hp) to 107kW (145hp) and maximum torque from 195 to 236 Newton metres, they achieve an excellent balance between performance and efficiency (NEDC[2] fuel consumption: urban 6.3-5.2 l/100 km, extra-urban 4.3-3.8 l/100 km, combined 5.1-4.3 l/100 km, 116-99 g/km CO2; WLTP[3] combined: 6.1-5.2, 139-119 g/km CO2; preliminary figures). The new Astra 1.2 Direct Injection Turbo is combined with a six-speed manual gearbox while the Astra 1.4 Direct Injection Turbo is available with stepless automatic transmission. Integration of the water-cooled exhaust manifold in the cylinder head contributes to quick engine warm-up, which lowers emissions after a cold start. All petrol engines feature variable valve timing and are up to six kilogrammes lighter than the previous three-cylinder units. The 1.2 Turbo petrol engine with 96kW (130hp) emits around 21 per cent less CO2 than the comparable predecessor model. Typical for Opel is the excellent transient throttle response of the petrol engines – at 1,500 rpm, 90 per cent of the maximum torque is already available within 1.5 seconds of flooring the accelerator.

Petrol engines

1.2

1.2

1.2

1.4

Power (kW/hp) @ rpm

81/110 @ 4,500

96/130 @ 5,500

107/145 @ 5,500

107/145 @ 5,000-6,000

Torque (Nm @ rpm)

195 @ 2,000-3,500

225 @ 2,000-3,500

225 @ 2,000-3,500

236 @ 1,500-3,500

Emissions

Euro 6d

Euro 6d

Euro 6d

Euro 6d

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

7-speed CVT

Preliminary NEDC1 fuel consumption (l/100 km)

 
  • Urban
  • Extra-urban
  • Combined
    - CO2 g/km
 

5.6-5.3

4.0-3.8

4.4-4.3

105-99

5.3-5.2

3.9-3.8

4.4-4.3

101-99

5.5-5.2

4.0-3.8

4.4-4.3

105-99

6.3

4.3-4.2

5.1-5.0

116-114

Preliminary WLTP2 fuel consumption combined

 
  • l/100km
  • CO2 g/km
 

5.6-5.2

128-119

5.6-5.2

128-119

5.6-5.2

128-119

6.1-5.6

139-128

High efficiency: less than 100 g/km CO2 from new Astra turbo-diesel

The new Astra’s 1.5-litre diesel engines have the same positive characteristics. The reduced-friction light-alloy engines feature a balance shaft and variable-geometry turbochargers. The common rail fuel injection system operates at up to 2,000 bar. The high-tech three-cylinder units offer 77kW (105hp) to 90kW (122hp) and depending on power output 260 to 300Nm of maximum torque (NEDC1 fuel consumption : urban 5.5-3.9 l/100 km, extra-urban 3.7-3.1 l/100 km, combined 4.3-3.4 l/100 km, 114-90 g/km CO2; WLTP2 combined: 5.4-4.3, 141-112 g/km CO2; preliminary figures).

Optimum exhaust after-treatment of the Astra 1.5 diesel is delivered by the state-of-the-art emissions reduction system consisting of a passive oxidation catalyst, AdBlue injector, SCR catalyst and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF).
 

Diesel engines

1.5D

1.5D

1.5D

Power (kW/hp) @ rpm

77/105 @ 3,250

90/122 @ 3,500

90/122 @ 3,500

Torque (Nm @ rpm)

260 @ 1,500-2,500

300 @ 1,750-2,500

285 @ 1,500-2,750

Emissions

Euro 6d

Euro 6d

Euro 6d

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

9-speed automatic

Preliminary NEDC1 fuel consumption (l/100 km)

 
  • Urban
  • Extra-urban
  • Combined
    - CO2 g/km
 

4.2-3.9

3.2-3.1

3.6-3.4

94-90

4.3-4.1

3.3-3.1

3.6-3.5

96-92

5.5-5.3

3.7-3.5

4.3-4.2

114-109

Preliminary WLTP2 fuel consumption combined

 
  • l/100 km
  • CO2 g/km
 

4.6-4.3

120-113

4.7-4.4

123-115

5.4-5.0

141-130

Aerodynamics champions: New Astra on par with Calibra

In addition to the efficient powertrains, the new Astra sets standards for aerodynamic efficiency. Drag also has a major influence on fuel consumption and is therefore key to reducing CO2 emissions. With a drag coefficient of 0.26 for the hatchback as well as the Sports Tourer estate, the Astra joins the legendary Opel Calibra and the Insignia as the most aerodynamic automobiles the German carmaker has ever produced. The king of aerodynamics for 30 years, with 0.26 Cd, the Calibra makes no secret of its wind-cheating talents. The new Astra’s equally low drag has been reached by the optimization of details that are less obvious to the naked eye, in the Stuttgart University wind tunnel operated by the Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines.

The Opel engineers focussed much of their attention on these areas. They also formed a special cross-functional task force to develop a new full-face active shutter. The new Astra’s full-face active shutter further improves fuel efficiency by closing the top as well as the bottom of the grille. By combining thermal, electrical and aerodynamic considerations, intelligent control strategies for opening and closing the upper and lower portions of the grille – even independently from each other – can enable highly efficient driving under a variety of real-life conditions. The reduction in drag achieved by the full-face active shutter alone lowers CO2 emissions of the new Astra by up to 2.0 g/km.

The underbody airflow-improvements include a cover under the engine and transmission, panels at the front of the floor, an enlarged fuel tank heat-shield that doubles as an air deflector, ride-height lowered by up to 10mm, depending on the model variant, and aerodynamically shaped control arms at the rear axle. In total, the aerodynamic optimization of the new Astra saves 4.5g of CO2 per kilometre in the WLTP cycle.

Fully digital: new front and rear view camera, digital speedometer

The Opel Astra already offers a portfolio of state-of-the-art technologies and assistance systems that is unrivalled in this vehicle class – first and foremost the adaptive, glare-free IntelliLux LED® matrix light. The new Astra is also available with optional extra energy-efficient LED headlamps that each consume only 13 watts on dipped beam.

The new front camera is smaller and more powerful than before, thanks to a faster processor. It now not only detects vehicles, but also pedestrians – an important safety bonus. The digital rear view camera available in conjunction with the new Multimedia Navi Pro infotainment system is also more powerful. The view of the traffic behind the vehicle on the monitor is more distinct and precise; the contrasts are more visible in the dark.

The extensive offer also includes systems such as adaptive cruise control, following distance indication, forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition and lane keep assist, to name but a few. Also available are AGR-certified (Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V.) ergonomic seats – in fabric, Alcantara or premium leather trim – with ventilation and massage function.

Astra customers enjoy top connectivity with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible systems Multimedia Radio, Multimedia Navi and Multimedia Navi Pro. They belong to the newest infotainment generation – smarter, faster and more intuitive. The top-of-the-line Multimedia Navi Pro – as in the Opel Insignia flagship – has an eight-inch colour touchscreen. Multimedia Navi Pro can be individualised and also be operated by voice control. Connected Navigation services with real-time traffic information and online map updates make the journey more relaxed. The navigation display itself appears with redesigned symbols in a fresher, more modern look. The same applies to the instrument cluster: drivers in the new Astra look at a digital speedometer for the first time. Drivers and passengers are also protected by eCall.

Driving pleasure: wireless charging and Bose sound system

Comfort is a top priority in the new Astra. A practical feature when travelling: compatible smartphones can now also be charged inductively via wireless charging. All you have to do is insert your smartphone into the opening provided in the centre console.

The new Astra transforms into a concert hall with the optional Bose high-end sound system. A total of seven loudspeakers including a RichBass subwoofer under the boot ensure optimum listening pleasure. The driver and passengers are surrounded by a rich sound – regardless of where they are in the vehicle. In addition, up to eight different sound profiles can be stored via the digital amplifier.

Last but not least, the new Astra introduces another comfort feature that makes driving in the cold season more pleasant and safer: the heated windscreen. Fine, almost invisible wires in the windscreen ensure that Astra drivers quickly have a clear view of the road on frosty days and that the windscreen no longer fogs up.

In great demand with the Asta Sports Tourer and still on offer: the sensor-controlled tailgate that automatically opens and closes as soon as the driver moves his foot under the rear bumper with the key in his pocket.

The new Opel Astra again sets standards in its class with these top technologies as well as with exemplary fuel consumption and CO2 values for both diesel and petrol engines.

About Opel

Opel is one of the largest European car manufacturers and was founded by Adam Opel in Rüsselsheim, Germany, in 1862. The company started building automobiles in 1899. Opel has been part of the Groupe PSA since August 2017. Together with its British sister brand Vauxhall, the company is represented in more than 60 countries around the globe selling over one million vehicles in 2018. Opel is currently implementing its electrification strategy to secure sustainable success and ensure that the future mobility demands of customers are met. By 2024, all European passenger car models will offer an electric variant. This strategy is part of the company plan PACE! with which Opel aims to become sustainably profitable, global and electric.

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Martin Golka                   +49 (0) 6142-7-55215             martin.golka@opel.com

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[1] Fuel consumption and CO2-emission data given are preliminary and have been determined according to WLTP test procedure methodology, and the relevant values are translated back into NEDC to allow the comparability with other vehicles, according to regulations R (EC) No. 715/2007, R (EU) No. 2017/1153 and R (EU) No. 2017/1151. The preliminary values might differ from official final type approval data.

[2] The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures mentioned are determined according to the new World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure WLTP (Regulation EU 2017/948), and the relevant values are translated back into NEDC to allow the comparability with other vehicles.

[3] The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures mentioned comply with the WLTP homologation (regulation EU 2017/948). From 1 September 2018, new vehicles are type-approved using the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), which is a new, more realistic test procedure for measuring fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The WLTP fully replaces the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC), which was the test procedure used previously. Due to more realistic test conditions, the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions measured under the WLTP are in many cases higher compared to those measured under the NEDC.