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2012 Opel Astra GTC – Click above for high-res renderings

A staple product of General Motors' overseas subsidiaries, the Opel Astra has been a long time in the making. The five-door hatchback was revealed back in 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which was then followed by the GTC show car that previewed the three-door version in concept form (along with the production Sport Tourer wagon variant) a year later at the Paris Motor Show. Another year after that, Opel will unveil the production three-door GTC in Frankfurt this coming September. The final product is still undergoing development, but while GM's German division irons out the kinks, they've released these preliminary images showing us what to expect from the production version.

Although still months away from its public debut, the order books for the Astra GTC will officially open on June 7, when full details will be revealed. The Astra range, you'll recall, is also offered a Vauxhall in the UK, as the Buick Excelle XT in China, and as a Chevrolet in Latin America. But while Saturn had a version of the more angular previous-generation model, now that the brand is shut, we'll likely have to do without. That's a shame, because we recently saw a five-door model out on the road while overseas and were struck by its fluid design. So we'll just have to do with admiring from afar. Follow the jump for the brief press release, and scope out the pair of images in the gallery below.



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Virtually here: The new Opel Astra GTC will get real on June 7, 2011
Opel announces production version of stunning GTC Paris Concept

2011-04-26

Rüsselsheim. These first images of the new generation Opel Astra GTC may show it in a virtual landscape, but as it races down an imaginary road, real test cars are now running final validation drives: The Astra GTC is officially a production reality.

And on June 7 – in just six weeks' time – Opel will reveal full details about the Astra GTC to coincide with its order books opening. Pricing, technology, equipment and powertrains will be laid bare, giving customers the chance to specify their ideal model and place an order early. The first production version of the new Opel Astra GTC will then receive its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show, on September 15, 2011.

Based on last year's Opel GTC Paris concept car presented early October 2010 at the Mondial de l'Automobile, the production Astra GTC will be a 5-seater, 3-door sporty compact car with dramatic proportions. It will feature the very best of Opel's latest technology, as well as unique chassis features.


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      Carnut0913
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mazda- this is what good fluid design looks like
      Mike McDonald
      • 4 Years Ago
      Perfect! Now badge it as a Buick and sell it in America.
        srmcg
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Mike McDonald
        Why badge it as a Buick?? Just sell as Opel here and start a youth brand - not add it to a senior citizens brand
          Dave
          • 4 Years Ago
          @srmcg
          Just what GM needs, another mouth to feed in North America. They just went through a bankruptcy that dumped four brands.
      Avinash Machado
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is not the Verano a Astra sedan.
      Zeer
      • 4 Years Ago
      GM would be stupid to not bring this (and the regular Astra) Stateside, when there is a clear demand for said vehicle. Even marketed in low volumes, the GTC would sell like hotcakes.
      mrbrian2334
      • 4 Years Ago
      GM should bring this to the US as the Verano GS (or something). The Verano line can be the standard sedan in all it's trim levels, base through turbo and then have this three-door hatch as it's top of the line/performance variant.
      gvblake22
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. That's a REALLY good looking vehicle! Too bad all we can do is just look at it...
      gazingwa
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's all complain about how we can't get this car..... WE HAD THIS CAR in 08.... Nobody bought it(well I did) but they sold less than 15,000 and it took a almost 2 years to get rid of the 08's, yes they were still selling 08's at the end of 09. It was a wonderful car, but it had some European quirks that turned people off. It was also relatively expensive for its class. Anyways, we could have had this car, if we would have bought the very good previous version of it. We showed GM that we don't want this car with our wallet.
        emperorkoku
        • 4 Years Ago
        @gazingwa
        You're right, of course. But maybe this would do better as a Verano than the tarted up Cruze we're getting instead.
          duq1212
          • 4 Years Ago
          @emperorkoku
          The Verano is the Astra, only in the sedan form.
        Alex Ellsworth
        • 4 Years Ago
        @gazingwa
        I don't entirely buy the "We showed GM that we don't want this car with our wallet" premise. I think four things: 1. Don't underestimate how much the dorkiness of the Saturn brand hurt the Astra's chances. Saturn's image turnaround attempt was just starting; it didn't have time to take full effect. 2. The Astra wasn't on sale very long and wasn't heavily promoted or advertised. And as mentioned in 1., people weren't exactly beating down the doors of Saturn dealerships. Most people never even registered the Astra's existence. 3. As you said, It was too expensive - there was no cheapo entry level version, and no sedan version at all. People are just now getting used to the idea of buying hatchbacks and paying more for better small cars. The Astra was ahead of its time - too early for its own good. 4. The current Astra is better looking and more striking than the last generation.
          walkmolson
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Alex Ellsworth
          I don't agree with the idea that, as a hatchback, it was too expensive and needed a "cheapo entry level version". Mazda, going back to Protege' completely ignored that positioning with the hatch and continue to do so with the current 3. In fact, if anything, with the perception some have of hatchbacks as nothing more than utilitarian cheap cars, you have to wow them with the idea that it's much more, image/style-wise & performance-wise. It DID need a 4-door, with which you could offer a more basic trim level (perfectly acceptable there, in a bodystyle much more acceptable to that crowd, as well). I considered the Astra, myself (an XR M/T with the panoramic roof) but there were a few things that bumped it from consideration. It only had a ~140hp 1.8L here, where it should have matched the Cobalt (take your pick of everything from the 155hp to 172hp Ecotec engines and, of course, the 2.0L T-GDI 260hp engine). It would have been nice if the exterior was just a bit more sporty, as with the deeper valance & fascias on the Mazda3, to go with the (hopefully) more powerful engines); Not over the top (I'm not a high schooler) but just not so "let's slap some big wheels on a bog-standard compact car". A lot of people don't realize that the first Mazda3 didn't share any exterior sheetmetal, at all, with the 4DR (in keeping with Mazda Familia/Protege going back to Astina & Lantis, in fact). This could have played a more "sporty" image game. It had a nice stance but could have been a bit more than merely "nice". The flip side is that, despite the relatively pedestrian 1.8L, it didn't have particularly impressive EPA ratings (for those out there who were perhaps the "typical" Saturn buyer). Finally, quirkiness aside (I can live with & often times actually value quirky), the interior felt just a touch "sensible shoe" and some of the materials choices came off as cheap (the center stack fascia, in painted silver, with the standard issue-seeming 2-DIN radio)... Having said that, in off-chance that I see one on the road, I have to say that I still think it had a ton of potential to be much more. Maybe, once prices well & truly tank, I'll get one and replace the drivetrain with a wrecked Cobalt or HHR SS?
          gazingwa
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Alex Ellsworth
          Good points overall my thoughts. 1. Don't know about dorkiness but before the Astra, NO Saturn interested me, that being said, the the Corolla is a dorky car that is expensive and made by a dorky company..... sells like hotcakes. 2. New model vehicles usually have their best sales year the first year or 2 introduced, they quit making them because it took 2 years to get rid of less than half of the projected sales. I don't see many advertisements for the previously mentioned Corolla(granted it is a vehicle that has been around much longer) 3. I paid 15,500(2k off) for a great handling car with: cruise, a/c power windows, 7 speaker system, alloy wheels, fog lights, auto headlights, and rain sensing wipers, it wasn't a half bad deal, it was less expensive than a Golf, more than a Focus 4. I do agree, the current Astra is better looking, but the last gen was one of Europe's best seller.
        Viggen
        • 4 Years Ago
        @gazingwa
        I think there were more reasons to blame for the last model's underwhelming sales than just the car. 1. GM didn't advertise it well enough. If you want a car to sell, people need to be aware of it, and they never really got it out there. All I remember is the brief "Kiss My Astra" campaign. They should not only have advertised it more but also have played up how it was designed and built in Europe, and how well it drove compared to its rivals. 2. The choices (or lack thereof) of engines. We didn't get any of the turbos or diesels. The only engine we got was lacking in power so if you wanted anything out of it you had to thrash it, hence lackluster fuel economy. A hot hatch version would've served as a halo car for the range (like a Golf GTI or Civic Si), and a super efficient diesel would've attracted the economy minded. 3. The transmissions. The 6 speed manual was fine, but the 4 speed auto ruined the whole car and considering the majority of people prefer automatics I'm sure that turned more than a few people off. They should have given us the 6 speed auto as well. 4. The body styles. We only got the 3 and 5 door hatch, but why not also the wagon, sedan, and convertible? The wagon would be great for people that needed more space, the convertible would've been a great sort of 'chick car' alternative to the beetle/mini cabrio, and let's face it, sedans usually sell in bigger numbers. I think it would've sold a lot more if GM did a better job. I don't think there's any reason this wouldn't sell. It's attractive and classy looking (which is more than I can say about the Cruze). After Saturn was killed I hoped Opel and Chevy's model line and would grow closer. I think Opel has the best design language of any volume make, and their versions of the same car always look better (Ampera vs Volt, for ex). Buick-izing it with the waterfall grill would ruin the look in the same way the Insignia looks better than the Regal. I'd like to see Opel return simply because they get all the best cars, but that would cannibalize sales from other GM brands so I can see why they wont. I hate how automakers always find a way to keep their best stuff out of the Sates...
        Hazdaz
        • 4 Years Ago
        @gazingwa
        I know exactly where you are coming from, but simply bringing the car over isn't where GM's responsibility ends. Sure there are tons of internet fanboys that say "bring it and I'll buy it" who never do, but GM seems to be rather clueless about them bringing a car over and then actually MARKETING it to consumers. They failed with the GTO. They failed with the Astra and Aura and failed again with the G8. They cars were fine (well the GTOs styling sucked), but the biggest problem with all those cars was that essentially no one knew about them. Some internet car geeks knew they were coming, but none of them had great ad campaigns to back them up. GM has done a better job with the new Buick Regal and hopefully will do the same with the upcoming Excelle. If they give this car the advertising that it deserves, I don't see why it wouldn't sell in the premium small car segment.
        emperorkoku
        • 4 Years Ago
        @gazingwa
        Also, I bet the Astra would have had a cult following if they'd produced them here instead of Belgium (bringing the price down) and thrown the VXR in the mix.
          gazingwa
          • 4 Years Ago
          @emperorkoku
          The price wasn't a big deal when the plan was hashed out, then the dollar TANKED!! Also, they were using excess production in Antwerp for the Saturn.... The amount of US Astra's produced wouldn't justify a production line, the cost of production would probably be more than it was if they had to spread the tooling for this car over that small number of cars.
        Georg
        • 4 Years Ago
        @gazingwa
        I guess one of the Saturn Astra problems was it was already a old car as it hit US ground ... in Germany were it was sold first it hit the market in early 2004 and recived a middel of production run facelift after 3 years in early 2007 and it hit the USA in late 2007, the car was already 4years old then... old car + cheap GM product quality = failure
      dcbuckeye
      • 4 Years Ago
      HELLO, GM. Is anybody home? You want to bring young buyers into the Buick dealerships? Bring this ride over here. Don't saddle us with the boring Buick Cruze, I mean Verano. I would dump my GTI tomorrow and be signing for one of these. Too bad Bob Lutz has left the building and the accountants are back to running GM.
        TBN27
        • 4 Years Ago
        @dcbuckeye
        GM listened 3 years ago and then answered. Everyone ignored. so you will have to deal with the so called boring Cruze/Verano, which are based off of the Opel Astra. So please do continue on with your GTI cause you will never see an Astra U.S. version. It possibly may be a waste of money the second time around.
          dcbuckeye
          • 4 Years Ago
          @TBN27
          Lets get one thing straight. The Astra that was brought to the US before came with one underpowered, inefficient powertrain option and was sold through a dying brand network with little to no advertising. You can't blame the buying public for not flocking to car when a myriad of mistakes were made by GM.
      SpikedLemon
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a crime what happened w/ the Saturn Astra. It was woefully under marketed, under appreciated and, predictably, under sold. But the 1.6 was also a little under powered... A little more power would have been nice.
      emperorkoku
      • 4 Years Ago
      Astra > Cruze/Verano
      Arslan
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring Opel Astra to U.S. as hatchback and hit 40 mpg, and you have the winner. But please, don't put those ugly Buick grills on them. Just bring it as it is.
      Rotation
      • 4 Years Ago
      LNF, please. That upper grille looks awful. Otherwise it looks good.
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