Opel Astra comes with PSA engines and almost no changes in appearance

The Opel Astra was introduced and we seemed to expect more. Visual updates are minimalistic.

Vauxhall has released the first photos of the 2020 Astra, and the accompanying press release does not mention any design changes. A closer look at the photos shows why: the only changes we can spot are a revised front bumper and new wheels.

So what’s new in Astra? Vauxhall says the new model is 19% more efficient thanks to new 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engines and 1.5-litre 4-cylinder PSA diesel engines, as well as a new 9-speed automatic transmission. In addition, Astra acquires advanced technology and equipment.

New engines

Starting with engines, the big news is the addition of a new 1.2-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine from PSA, which is available in three versions: 109 hp and 195 Nm, 128 hp and 225 Nm and 143 hp. and 225 Nm.

Each version is mated to a new 6-speed manual transmission from PSA. Preliminary fuel consumption figures according to WLPT show a combined consumption of 5.3 l/100 km and harmful CO2 emissions of 120 g/km.

Moving on to diesel, the facelifted Astra will be available with a new 1.5-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine that is available in two variants. The first one has 103 hp. and 260 Nm of torque, and a more powerful version produces 120 hp. and 300 Nm of torque.

The base unit comes only with a 6-speed manual transmission, while the range also offers the option of an automatic 9-speed transmission — in this case, the maximum torque is 285 Nm. Unsurprisingly, diesels are the most economical, with an estimated WLTP fuel consumption of 4.4 l/100 km and 117 g/km CO2.

Vauxhall says the efficiency gains are also related to aerodynamics. This makes the five-door Astra the most aerodynamic car in its class, with a drag coefficient of 0.26. The Astra Sports Tourer is considered to be one of the most aerodynamic compact wagons at 0.25 Cd. This is achieved through a grille closure system (both top and bottom that opens and closes independently) as well as improved airflow under the car and around the suspension.

Best comfort in its class

Opel and Vauxhall are also boosting the Astra’s comfort levels with new shock absorbers and options like wireless smartphone charging, a premium Bose audio system and a heated windshield.

In terms of technology, the Astra 2020 gets a new front camera that recognizes cars, pedestrians and road signs, as well as a more powerful rear view camera that works in conjunction with the new Multimedia Navi Pro infotainment system.

Speaking of which, Vauxhall says the multimedia interface is smarter, faster and more intuitive, offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Buyers can choose from three versions:

Multimedia Radio, Multimedia Navi and Multimedia Navi Pro, the latter with an 8″ touchscreen. A new instrument cluster has been added.

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