Opel/Vauxhall Astra Cabriolet spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Astra is a car of many hats. It's sold as an Opel in Europe, a Vauxhall in the UK, a Buick in China and a Chevrolet in South America. The previous model was even sold as a Saturn in North America and as a Holden in Australia.

Now that's versatility for you, and its body-styles are just as pervasive. The five-door hatch launched in 2009 has since bred a wagon variant, the GTC coupe was just revealed last week, and there's two more to come – including the convertible that's simultaneously surfaced in these spy shots and in the rendering (below right) released by GM's European design studio.

Opel/Vauxhall Astra cabrio renderingWhereas the previous Astra cabrio went with a folding hard top, the new model is expected to incorporate a soft roof to save on space and weight. The resulting shape ought to be a bit longer than the hatchback, but maintain a svelte profile. Four seats and a usable trunk are also said to be part of the package, with the roof folding into its own compartment aft of the cabin and below an elegant chrome surround.

The Astra cabrio is expected to hit markets overseas in 2013. But with Saturn long gone, it remains to be seen whether General Motors will bring it over to its home market at all.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      If Buick doesn't get the GTC it should definitely get this. (should get both though)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please make it a Buick!
      • 4 Years Ago
      What i always notice is that the enthusiast, meaning cst mag editors salivate for the european cars from american companies to be sold here and when the test them they say it is sub par. I can see it now when the Buick Verano is out on the streets. Mind you it is an Astra Sedan/saloon with bigger displacemnt engines. Car and driver will give a lukewarm review. And if the 5 door makes it over, it will get the same response. But ibdo see consumers giving it a good look for it is a smaller alternative to the Regal.
        Chris Olden
        • 4 Years Ago
        You should note that the American versions of the European models have been re-engineered and are not the same cars...
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