• May 24, 2010
The first images of the new three-door Opel Astra have turned up and the new hatch appears to be shaping up to be even more attractive than its predecessor. The prototype appears to have a more steeply raked windshield than the five-door currently available in Europe and China where it's badged as a Buick and sold under the Excelle nameplate.
Power will come from a range of gas and diesel engines, including the 1.4-liter turbo that debuts this fall in the Chevrolet Cruze, a normally aspirated 1.6-liter and 210 horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged engine for the GSi. The top of the range VXR will likely a get a version of the 2.0-liter direct injected turbo inline-four putting out around 240 hp.

We know the sedan version of the Astra is joining the Buick lineup here in the U.S., but Buick officials declined to comment on whether this model will join the four door model.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      A sporty three door hatchback could be a very good addition to the Buick lineup. It's been a while since Buick offered a sporty hatchback (mid/late 1980s Skyhawk) but this could help continue to broaden Buick's appeal to a younger demographic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmmm... what would they sell it as then? I can't see putting a wreath and crest on it. I can't imagine Chevrolet selling it, not with the new Aveo, Spark, etc...I believe it would be too pricey. GMC? Not truckish enough.... I really think Buick is their only option.... somewhat upscale hatch, along the lines of the C30 (which really hasn't sold well. AT ALL)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well . . . GM could create a new division that focuses on affordable high performance andcallitpontiac.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This would make a killer small Buick.
      Great looking car - every sleek-looking.

      If the Astra/Excelle sedan is a big enough hit, maybe we'll see this Astra 3-door over here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmmm... I wonder if we could have a GS version of this hatch ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe a 4 door Astra sedan or 5 door hatch but not a 3 door for Buick. Possibly under Chevy though.

      These would be a great, though slightly more expensive, replacement for the Cobalt, except the Cruze is already in the works.

      FYI, saw a Cruze on the streets of Amman, Jordan last week and it looked like the Chrysler Sebring should have when it was released. Not too exciting, not too bland, and should do well for people with modest transportation needs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm guessing the Astra 3-door will fill the same role as the BMW Mini / Volvo C30 for Buick.

        With the push for fuel economy and people going smaller, it's smart move by GM to sell a premium hatch in the US under Buick.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Definitely remember a Buick. Remember, if the old Buick stigma can be disregarded like it is here in NY, it can happen anywhere. Toyota is the new old person's car, # choice the Camry. No one under 60 buys one.

      Soccer moms buying Enclaves and the age of Buick buyers is dropping.

      People are starting to notice that Buick now has exciting cars. They never built bad cars (quality is great at JD Power) just boring ones in the 80s and 90s
      • 4 Years Ago
      Buick! Great choice for GM to expand its offerings. Chevy is replete with smaller, good quality (Cruze) options, and who knows?...maybe a smaller, high performance Cadillac sometime? (If the Germans/Japanese can go from, huge to small, why not GM?) But Buick? Bring it on, and let them sell even more of this newly renewed, and surprisingly pleasing car line. Can't see how it will hurt the USA consuimer, or a USA comapny icon like GM.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The only Buick I would hold out for is that Buick Regal station wagon shown on Car & Driver's blog.

      http://blog.caranddriver.com/2012-buick-regal-wagon-spied/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring it! We need more 3 door hatchbacks. Just bought a C30 in February. It's so much more practical than a coupe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Marspeed8

        Why not. It is obvious that Buick is going for a younger crowd. They are even pushing more towards performance....
        • 4 Years Ago
        If they bring it to the US, it'll be a Buick. Just like every other shared global Opel / Buick / Vauxhall product.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Opel should have a 3-door Astra. So should Chevrolet all over the world to go against the VW Golf/Rabbit. But not as a Buick!

        Buick needs to stand for luxury, not for re-badged run-of-the-mill cars from Germany.

        Seriously, do you call this Excelle GT - soon to be the Buick Verano in the U.S. - a viable competitor in the luxury space?
        http://gmauthority.com/blog/2010/05/buick-excelle-gt-aka-verano-caught-with-no-clothes/
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it's a good possibility they will sell it here. But I just don't think they will sell it as a Buick.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd be interested in this Opel if it wasn't 'adapted' to the US market and wearing a Buick badge. Sorry if this offends some on these shores but Buicks haven't interested me since
      my '64 Riviera and '65 Electra-kept them both over ten years and wish I still had them, especially the Riviera (425cid/Dual Quad Carters) - real Buicks! I've also owned real Opel
      Rekords in the 60's and 70's-really good German sedans that I hopped up with Steinmetz cams and dual Weber carb kits.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they bring it they will probably only do it with the more powerful, crap-economy engine choices.
      Then it won't sell.
      So they will move a new VP of marketing in - who will quickly decide it needs some new stickers and option packaging and a fresh 'lifestyle' oriented marketing campaign.

      When it still doesn't sell well they will say "americans just don't like this type of car".

      It is as predictable as the sitcom where it turns out one of the room-mates is dating the divorced mom of one of the other room-mates.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It will be a nice boost to the youthful image,that Buick is trying to have.
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