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2010 Opel Astra – Click above for high-res image gallery

Opel's Astra hasn't exactly gone down a storm here in the U.S. while wearing a Saturn badge, but the four-cylinder econocar lineup is pivotal stuff in Europe, and the next-generation model could still find its way to America – even if it doesn't wear a planetary badge.

Regardless of whether or not a stateside version is in the cards, the 2010 Astra seen here is massively important. Based on General Motors' Delta platform (whose basic architecture underpins the Chevrolet Cruze and forthcoming Volt), the sixth-generation Astra will take the fight to cars like Volkswagen's Golf and Ford's Focus powered by a range of four-cylinder engines. According to CarScoop, the Astra will be available with a normally aspirated 1.4-liter gasoline inline-four, but turbocharged variants will also be available, offering between 120- to 140 horsepower and 175 to 200 Nm of torque (129 – 148 pound-feet). More power will reportedly come in the form of a 180 hp 1.6-liter turbo motor. Naturally, being a European offering, a range of diesels will also be available, including 1.3-, 1.7- and 2.0 –liter variants. A particularly miserly ecoFLEX variant is also expected in 2010.

If CarScoop's sources are right, the five-door Astra will hit showrooms in the autumn, with a three-door GTC Coupe fastback to follow. A wagon, four-door sedan, and a retractable hardtop model are expected to fill out the range thereafter.

The 2010 Astra is expected to see its official debut at this fall's Frankfurt Motor Show, where we'll be sure to have our cameras primed and waiting.



[Source: CarScoop]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      can't understand why GM would bring the astra to the states considering the cruze will be available as a hatch next year (in Europe) and I'm assuming for the US market aswell.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Wow!" That's a direct quote from me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks nice and unoffensive, lots of mazda3, audi and even a bit of BMW in the design language.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good looking machine, but it's not exactly going to be a walkover when you consider the Golf, Megane and Mazda 3 have just received major updates. With the 308, Auris and Bravo also recent to the market and an all-new Focus due next year, the entire C-segment looks set to remain as cutthroat as ever.

      The Ecoflex model will be the one to watch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As nice as it looks, it still has to *survive* Gm's 'transformation' for domestic consumption. In other words, what we get, won't look like the photos above and will undoubtedly suck.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This would make the basis of a nice new Buick entry level car. If you were to put this in an AWD sedan with a 6 speed manumatic and the 260 hp turbo 4 that would make a great Cadillac. What GM desperately needs to form in the next 2 years is a brand identity. Buick is old people, Cadillac is new rich / wannabe gangsta showoff. Chevy is cheap. This needs to change.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. I thought the previous Astra was pretty good looking already.. this one's even nicer!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Probably the best looking hatch in its segment.

      It would be nice for GM Europe to slap the USDM Malibu's grille on it and give it to us as the Chevy Astra. With Opel possibly splitting soon though, things could turn ugly.

      Wonder how the OPC will turn out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's a damn fine looking car. If only the Mazda3 looked so good.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was just gonna say the new Mazda3 wishes it looked this good!
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is why GM should hold and concentrate on Opel and get rid of the other brands. Opel has what it takes to build decent cars. GM, continue backing Opel in general and introduce / promote them better in the US and things will turn around in time. If they don't Fiat will, Assumuing they buy Opel.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't forget to add 4" of wheel gap and chrome everywhere.
      swimsamongsharks
      • 5 Years Ago
      I went and looked at the Astra. Got to admit I had to think hard to find my local Saturn dealership. I liked it and then I saw the no haggling sticker price. It was too much for a car with so little. This new one looks better. If it comes as a Buick with a better interior it may get another look depending on the price
        • 5 Years Ago
        @swimsamongsharks
        Well, that's the problem with Americans. They're more interested with quantity than quality. Next to the Golf, there isn't a more solidly built C-segment machine built anywhere.
      glenn stordeur
      • 5 Years Ago
      don't change a thing. just bring it!

      i'd like to see the interior.
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