First glimpse at the next generation electric Astra
Today, Opel unveils the first images of the next-generation Astra. As the manufacturer announced about two years ago, this Astra will also be electric. Furthermore, Opel uses the futuristic design language of the Vizor with the illuminated Opel-Blitz emblem. In this way, the manufacturer wants to emphasize its German identity with a wink to the past.
The timing comes as no surprise, as the current generation was presented at the IAA in Frankfurt in 2015, and there was the first facelift in 2019. The next-generation Astra is developed within the Stellantis group and will share its platform with other Peugeot and Citroën products in the C segment where the Opel Astra also fits.
100 kW engine, 50 kWh battery
Opel emphasizes in its press release that the car was developed in Russelheim, Germany, but it seems that the technology under the skin is rather French. Just like the next-generation Peugeot 308 and the recently launched Citroën C4, the Astra will lean on the Stellantis group’s EMP2 platform.
Opel doesn’t disclose technical specifications today, but it seems logical that the electric powertrain used within the group is also planned for Astra. This means that the electric motor with 136 hp will power the front wheels. It draws its power from a battery of about 50 kWh. The same powertrain is already used by Opel in the more compact Corsa (B segment car) and the Mokka-e.
Since Citroën also uses this powertrain in the C4 (C segment), it seems logical that Opel will do the same. Furthermore, the manufacturer has already indicated that a plug-in hybrid version will be introduced, and conventional thermal engine versions on gasoline and diesel are likely to follow.
Despite the thorough platform strategy, the new Astra is entitled to its own design language to serve customers who want to buy a ‘German’ Stellantis product. Externally, it is visible in the clean lines, wide shapes, and the intelligent LED headlights that perfectly match Opel’s latest products.
Inside, the brand promises a thoroughly digital approach and contemporary connectivity. Wide displays will cover part of the dashboard, allowing both driver and passenger to adjust settings. Furthermore, physical buttons will be limited. Finally, Opel indicates that production will start in the (German) plant in Rüsselsheim by the end of 2021.