General Motors’ European division used the Frankfurt Motor Show to unveil the Opel Astra Sports Tourer. Branded as a Vauxhall in the UK, the station wagon is the roomiest and most practical, luxurious and technologically-advanced Astra ever.
Expectedly, the new Astra Sports Tourer is an Astra Hatchback with an elongated rear half, a more upright hatch and horizontal LED taillights. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the floating roof design, instead gaining an elegant curved strip of chrome trim that gives it a more sophisticated look than the previous Sports Tourer.
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The interior is available with Opel’s latest IntelliLink infotainment system, which features a built-in 4G LTE hot spot and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. The long list of optional features also include GM’s highly capable OnStar service, massaging front seats and heated outboard rear seats, the first time the Astra has offered all three.
Despite being just about the same size as the previous model, the new Astra wagon is 200 kg (441 lbs) lighter and can carry up to 1,630 liters (58 cubic feet) of cargo with the rear seats folded down, representing an increase of 80 liters (3 cubic feet). It also offers an extra 26 mm (1 inch) of front headroom and 28 mm (1.1 inch) of rear headroom.
Mechanically, the Sports Tourer is identical to the Astra hatchback, offering buyers a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that produces either 90, 110 or 136 horsepower, a 105-horsepower turbo three, a turbocharged 1.4-liter gasoline unit with 145 horsepower, and a 1.6-liter turbo rated at around 200 horsepower and 222 lb-ft. (300 Nm).
All Astra models are driven at the front wheels by a manual gearbox or an optional automatic transmission.
Sales of the all-new, 2016 Opel Astra Sports Tourer begin in October 2015, first in Germany and then elsewhere around Europe. It won’t be sold in Canada and United States.