The all-new Opel Astra Sports Tourer is practical, stylish and sporty
Hot on the heels of the world premiere of the next-generation Astra hatchback in September, Opel has now unveiled the sleek estate model version, the all-new Astra Sports Tourer. The newcomer will be available with plug-in hybrid electric drives, making it the German carmaker’s first electrified estate. The new Astra Sports Tourer also continues Opel’s successful tradition of compact estates, which began almost 60 years ago with the Kadett Caravan, the first such car in this class from a German brand.
In addition to electric drive, the new Astra Sports Tourer will be available with highly efficient petrol and diesel engines. Power ranges from 110hp to 130hp with the petrol and diesel variants and up to 225hp with the electric plug-in hybrid variants. A six-speed gearbox is standard on the petrol and diesel power units, with an eight-speed automatic transmission (electrified on the plug-in hybrids) optional on the more powerful engines.
“The new Astra Sports Tourer is the all-rounder for a new era – electrified, digitised and designed to excite”, said Opel CEO, Uwe Hochgeschurtz. “This is how we combine our long tradition of compact estates with the latest innovations such as plug-in hybrid technology. We are certain that we will win new customers for Opel with the fantastic looking Sports Tourer.”
With vital statistics of 4,642 x 1,860 x 1,480mm (L x W x H) and a loading height of around 600mm, the practical new Astra Sports Tourer displays the brand’s typical talent for efficient packaging; the overall length is 60mm shorter than that of the previous model, thanks to the particularly short front overhang, yet the vehicle remains more than roomy and comfortable for all passengers.
The boot provides up to more than 608 litres of storage space, with the rear seatbacks upright, and up to 1,634 litres when folded. When the 40:20:40-split rear seatbacks are folded down, the floor is completely flat. Even with their underfloor lithium-ion batteries, the plug-in hybrid variants still offer cargo volumes of 548 litres and 1,574 litres respectively.
The boot volume of combustion engine variants is optimised with an optional “Intelli-Space” moveable load floor, which can be easily adjusted with only one hand to high or low positions. Tyre repair and first aid kits stored in clever underfloor compartments can be accessed from the boot, or cleverly, from the rear passenger seating area, without the need to fully unpack the boot. An optional tailgate opens and closes automatically with a movement of the foot under the rear bumper.
Together with its five-door hatchback sibling, the stylish new Astra Sports Tourer is a true design statement and Opel’s first estate to bring to life the brand’s bold and pure design philosophy in the form of the new Opel Vizor brand face. At the rear, the vertically aligned high-mounted brake lamp and the slim tail lamps create a strong lighting signature.
The interior has taken a big step forward too. The fully digital Pure Panel offers customers a pure, intuitive experience. Operation is via an extra-wide touchscreen, just like a smartphone. Important settings such as climate control can still be selected directly via just a few switches. There is no need for cables either, since the new generation of multimedia infotainment and connectivity systems can be connected to wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto via compatible smartphones.
The new Astra Sports Tourer also makes a clear statement with the technologies it brings to the market sector for compact estates. The latest version of the adaptive, glare-free Intelli-Lux LED® Pixel light system comes directly from the Opel flagships Insignia and Grandland, with 168 LED elements. Drivers receive additional support from optional state-of-the-art assistance systems such as the Intelli-HUD head-up display and Intelli-Drive 2.0. Hands-off detection on the steering wheel ensures that drivers remain engaged at all times.
Developed in-house, the front seats of the new Astra Sports Tourer are certified by Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V. / Campaign for Healthier Backs (AGR). The ultra-ergonomic seats are the best the compact class has to offer, featuring a wide range of optional adjustments, from electric tilt to electro-pneumatic lumbar support. In Nappa leather, they even offer ventilation and massage for the driver, and heating at the rear as well as the front.
The new Astra Sports Tourer will come to market in Ireland in summer 2022. Prices, trims and standard equipment will be announced closer to launch.