General Motors South Africa has announced that the booted Opel Astra will make its way to South Africa in October.
The new variant has a boot that measures 460 litres, 90 more than the hatchback. By folding the 60:40 split rear seat, its maximum utility space grows to 1 010 litres.
The range will be made up of the 1,6 Essentia, 1,4 Turbo Essentia, 1,4 Turbo Essentia AT and the range-topping 1,6 Turbo Cosmo. The entry-level naturally aspirated 1,6-litre found in the Essentia model has a power output of 85 kW and torque of 155 N.m at 4 000 r/min. The turbocharged 1,4-litre engine delivers 103 kW and 200 N.m, while the force-fed 1,6-litre unit pushes out 132 kW and 230 N.m.
Specification should be similar to that hatchback, so expect a full audio system with radio, CD, and auxiliary connection, air-conditioning, a multitude of airbags, Isofix anchorages and central locking all as standard.
Overseas, this vehicle comes fitted with Opel’s Advanced Forward Lighting (AFL+) system with bi-xenon headlamps and a number of sophisticated lighting functions, including variable light distribution, curve light, cornering light and high-beam assist. Also on international models is the marque’s FlexRide system that offers the driver three suspension settings (Standard, Tour and Sport).
Pricing will be made available closer to the local launch.