Opel's hot little Astra GTC makes its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show next month and it appears to be the most dramatic interpretation of the new face of Astra yet.

Opel's hot little Astra GTC makes its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show next month and this three-door wonder appears to be the most dramatic interpretation of the new face of Astra yet.

Not much is known about the Astra GTC (Gran Turismo Compact), but when it is launched, it could come with a choice of petrol and common-rail diesel engines with power outputs ranging from 67 to 149 kW.

Beside its sleek design, with an arched sloping roofline and tapered rear, the GTC will also be fitted with a panoramic windscreen, offering a greater feeling of spaciousness to the cabin. The rear light cluster has also been revised.

Astra chief designer Friedhelm Engler denied the GTC was simply about "reducing the number of doors on an existing model".


Hans Demant, chairman and managing director of Opel, said: "We have given the Astra GTC a unique look without compromising everyday driveability. The three-door model addresses customers who are looking for an expressive design and a car that is really fun to drive."

With its sporty short overhangs and sculpted shoulders, the GTC is about 15 millimetres lower than its five-door sibling and should cut a much more aggressive figure on the road.

It has an IDS (Interactive Driving System) chassis with ESP and an optional adaptive chassis with electronic damping control.

At the touch of a button, the driver can switch to a sportier set-up that regulates the damper adjustment as well as the accelerator and power steering response. Along with the Easytronic transmissions, gearshifts are also modified for sportier driving.

The Astra recently received a five-star EuroNCAP rating, and this three-door version is armed with several of the same safety features.

It offers the same luggage space as the five-door version and the 60/40 split rear seats can be folded down for more flexible use of the space.