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2011 Opel Antara – Click above for high-res image gallery

Opel has pulled the wraps off its facelifted Antara at the Bologna Motor Show, and the Euro-market midsize cousin to our GMC Terrain has received a host of upgrades. As is the way with mid-cycle refreshes, the Antara's Theta chassis has been re-tuned, the interior has been reworked and the powertrain is available in a range of configurations.

The base Antara is powered by a 2.4-liter, 167 horsepower four-cylinder gasoline engine that pulls around the front wheels. It can be paired with either a six-speed manual transmission in both the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions, while a six-speed automatic is also available on the all-wheel drive Antara.

For fans of diesel drinkers, the Antara offers two choices, both of which, oddly, are 2.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder units. One makes 163 horsepower at 3,800 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm while the other produces 184 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque in the same rev range. The 163-hp unit is available with either the autobox or the manual in your choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The 184-hp diesel is only available with all-wheel drive but is still offered with either transmission.

Take a gander at the all-new 2011 Opel Antara in our gallery below, and be sure to check out the press release posted after the jump for more details on this forbidden fruit.


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[Source: Opel]
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Next Generation Opel Antara from 26,780 euros
With new powertrain range, optimized design and upgraded interior

2010-12-02

Rüsselsheim. With three newly developed powertrains, upgraded manual and automatic transmissions, a re-tuned chassis and a new interior designed for comfort, the Antara combines off-road capability with urban chic. Now, thanks to its attractive pricing, the next generation Opel Antara offers excellent value for money. The Antara 2.4 l (123 kW/167 hp) gasoline version with front-wheel drive starts at 26,780 euros in Germany.

This cool crossover meets the most exacting demands in terms of design, driving dynamics, economy and functionality. The enhancements are rounded off by a stylish exterior design and an interior which has been upgraded in terms functionality, look and feel. Together with the front and all-wheel drive options, the Antara offers something for everyone.

The powertrain range includes a newly developed common-rail diesel engine with 2.2-liters displacement and 2.4-liter gasoline engine. The 2.2-liter diesel is available in two output levels (120 kW/163 hp, 135 kW/184 hp). The gasoline version, which has also been upgraded, delivers 123 kW/167 hp. The 163 hp diesel and the gasoline-powered model are available with front or all-wheel drive and with manual or automatic six-speed transmission.

All engines meet Euro 5 emissions standards. Compared with their predecessors, they combine increased agility and driving dynamics with considerably lower fuel consumption and emissions.

Both transmission types are also available for the 184 hp diesel version, while the all-wheel drive system is standard with this engine. To match the new engines, the newly tuned chassis offers an extremely well-balanced combination of dynamic handling and suspension comfort.

The exterior highlights of the updated Antara include a newly designed front grille with the trademark Opel chrome bar, new fog lamps, adapted underride protection, modified rear lights and large-format, 19-inch alloy wheels. The enhanced interior features new paneling and upholstery materials, optimized instrument graphics, a new center console, additional storage space as well as elegant interior lighting. An especially high-grade leather version, called Light Titanium is available as an option.

"The new Antara combines the looks of a sporty off-roader with urban chic. It is practical, functional and equipped with state-of-the-art technology," says Alain Visser, Vice President Marketing, Sales & Aftersales. "You really notice that it has undergone a major character change. With completely new engines and a newly tuned chassis, the car has become much more dynamic and more comfortable. In short: it offers clear added value in terms of driving pleasure."


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      • 4 Years Ago
      How can this be turned into the Terrain? This is smart and attractive. The Terrain is.... not.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is a much better looking vehicle, but it doesnt look like a GMC.

        Perhaps this should have been the Chevy Equinox. And the Equinox should have been the Terrain.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow it looks really good, bring it over with diesel and label it buick.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @John H.
        There is actually a Buick CUV in the works, probably for late 2011 release. Google "Buick Encore."
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Lets all not forget that the Chevy Equinox is also a kin to this Antara. "

        And the Cadillac SRX is now on the "Theta Premium" platform instead of Sigma.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadillac_SRX
        • 4 Years Ago
        They were going to do that for about two days, but the blogosphere put the end to that.

        http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2009/08/gm-kills-buick-vue-suv-before-it-reborn.html
        • 4 Years Ago
        I took all of that time and effort to say the very same thing... but you beat me to it. I think everyone went a bit over board in the "kill it with fire" thing when they berated GM for trying to give Buick the VUE. I think this is the kind of small SUV that could really help them out.

        It doesn't really resemble anything in their current (US) lineup and it has an upscale look to it. It could bring in younger buyers and now that it has been face lifted no one in the *general* public (read not those on autoblog) would remember that it was a VUE just a year and a half ago.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lets all not forget that the Chevy Equinox is also a kin to this Antara.

        Still though, I think we won't see a Buick version of this crossover until it gets a complete redesign in a couple of years.

        While simply slapping on a Buick logo onto the old Saturn Vue would have been an easy fix for a few quick sales, it would not have helped Buick break from it's past of being a division of rebadged cars from other divisions. Just like the much larger Buick Enclave, if they do it, they better do it right with totally unique sheetmetal and interior.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The old Equinox / Vue is small and somewhat misshapen. I can understand that not being rebadged again.

        But a new Buick using the extended Theta like the new Equinox, if not the Theta premium of the SRX, should make for quite a formidable CUV that can help sell against the Lexus RX in real numbers. Having seen both on the road in and the lot, I find the new Equinox very handsome, and the SRX is well-proportioned. GM could do quite well for Buick here.

        If the rumored Encore is indeed a Theta-based "baby Enclave" CUV, I look forward to seeing it!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know why Buick can't have a smaller CUV. You'd think a 2-row Lexus RX-fighter would be perfect for them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      why is it odd that the 2.2 diesel is offered in different states of tune as choices ?

      BMW 116d 118d 120d are all different power versions of the same 2.0 engine and there are 3 different powered versions of the 320d too !
      The same basic engine goes from 115hp to over 200 in different states of tune. the same applies for vw (140 and 170hp) and others like honda also ! (150 and 180hp 2.2 i-dtec)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think Autoblog should mention this was the opel twin to the Saturn Vue... Guess if they were still around this is what our facelift would have looked too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Antara is Vauxhall/Opel's Korean-sourced dud. A version was indeed marketed in North America as the Saturn Vue until GM scrapped the Saturn brand. More important to the European market was last week's news regarding the facelifted Corsa, but I haven't seen Autoblog cover it yet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait, wait, wait.

      The Bologna Motor Show?

      Now I've seen EVERYTHING!
      • 4 Years Ago
      We have this in Europe. It's one of the worst cars on the market.
      • 4 Years Ago
      With the original Antara, they said it was an off-roader. It wasn't really- but it COULD go off road. If you look at the front of this new one, theres no way there is enough ground clearance to go anywhere off something worse than a dirt road. Still, the car looks good. I like it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow...another crossover/cuv/suv/sucks. How many times can car companies come up with another car in this genre??? I think this segment is overflooded, and it's time to create something new. All these crossover/cuv/suvs look alike. Somebody, please, break out of the norm and design something that we haven't seen. Everything seems to be a copy of something else. Ford finally came up with something new in the 2010 Taurus, Chevy with the Camaro, and Cadillac with the CTS coupe. Everything out of japan, korea, and europe looks the same.
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