Opel Astra : Bold, Electrified and Efficient
The all-new sixth generation of the Opel Astra was unveiled today. The German manufacturer is now writing the next chapter with the all-new Astra: the compact class car is now available with an electric motor for the first time. The new Opel Astra is also a brand statement in terms of design. Dynamic as never before, with pure, taut surfaces free of extraneous features and the new Opel Vizor brand face.
“The new Astra represents the exciting next step of our new design execution. With its bold Vizor front face, strong muscular wheel arch blisters and sheer surfacing, the new Astra has a very sporty and confident personality. The interior also takes a bold step into the future. The strong driver-orientated cockpit with seamless glass look of the new Pure Panel will bring a whole new emotional experience to our customers.”
Mark Adams, Vice President Design, Opel
Bold and Pure
The latest generation was created and developed in Opel’s Rüsselsheim headquarters, and production is set to begin this autumn. The newcomer offers compact class technologies that were previously only available in more priced automobiles.
The 2018 Astra is Opel’s first hatchback to reflect the brand’s bold and pure design philosophy, following the Mokka, Crossland, and Grandland SUVs. The Opel Vizor is based on the Opel Compass, with the Opel Blitz emblem at the intersection of the vertical and horizontal axes – the sharp crease in the hood and the wing-shaped graphic of the daylight running lamps. The Vizor extends across the front of the vehicle, making the new Astra appear even broader. It also smoothly incorporates technologies such as the ultra-slim Intelli-Lux LED® headlights and the Intelli-Vision system’s front camera. The strong forward rake of the C-pillar gives the next-generation Astra a particularly dynamic appearance when viewed from the side.
The centrally located Blitz, the vertically oriented high-mounted brake lights, and the tail lamps all echo the Opel Compass in the back . The Blitz insignia also serves as the tailgate latch, which is composed of advanced composite material. This technology is not only light and rigid, but it also enables for the perfect implementation of design features like the ultra-thin tail lamps.
Next-generation Pure Panel
The same German perfection can be found throughout the interior, with the next version of the Pure Panel, which was initially debuted in the Mokka, being the standout feature. Two 10-inch monitors are perfectly incorporated – together with the driver’s side air vent – in a horizontal style in this large digital cockpit (optionally totally glazed). The design eliminates a cowl over the displays due to a shutter-like covering that prevents upward reflections in the windscreen, further enhancing the high-tech functionality and ambience.
The Pure Panel achieves the perfect balance between digitisation and intuitive operation, detoxed of annoying visual stimuli and without the necessity for sub-menus, by reducing physical controls to the bare minimum in the shape of finely designed keys.The new generation of multimedia infotainment systems with connected services – which can be operated by natural language voice control as well as touch – can be connected wirelessly to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto via compatible smartphones as standard on all model variants, eliminating the need for cables.