Yesterday, the internet got an unexpected early sneak-peak of the new 2010 Opel/Vauxhall Astra. Now that the cat's out of the bag, GM of Europe has apparently decided it may as well let out all the pictures and details of the next-gen subcompact, which will be officially unveiled next September during the Frankfurt Motor Show.
This is the sixth-generation of the Astra, and it's a creation from Mark Adams, the same man who designed the latest Opel Insignia. Opel is quick to point out that all the new styling cues – specifically the fascia, headlamps and falling hatchback roofline – come straight from Opel's latest design ethos.
Opel will use the new Astra to showcase its latest generation of Euro V compliant engines. Besides the well-known 1.4- and 1.6-liter gasoline-powered units ranging from 100 to 180 horsepower, there's an all-new 1.4 turbocharged unit that's good for 140 horses. Also available will be updated versions of the automaker's CDTi diesel engines with up to 160 horsepower. Current rumors indicate a 2-Mode hybrid may also be in the works.
At this point, the Astra's entrance into the U.S. market is in doubt due to the demise of the Saturn brand. European sales are expected to begin later this year. Click past the break for a video along with the official press release.