2011 Frankfurt Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- General Motors' Opel unit releases the first official images of the redesigned Astra GTC.
- The production Astra GTC makes its public debut in September at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.
- The sporty hatchback was previewed in concept guise at last fall's Paris auto show.
RUSSELSHEIM, Germany — General Motors' Opel unit has released the first official images of the redesigned Astra GTC, which makes its public debut in September at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Prices in Europe range from $31,800 to $40,750.
The production Astra GTC was previewed in concept guise at last fall's Paris auto show. Opel revealed a teaser sketch of the production car in April and said Opel and Vauxhall dealers in Europe would begin taking orders in June. The car is being assembled at Opel's plant in Gliwice, Poland.
The latest iteration of the Astra GTC three-door hatchback shares virtually nothing with its Astra sibling, except for the sideview mirrors and antenna. The sporty five-seater accounts for up to 20 percent of Astra sales in Europe and next year will spawn an extreme Astra OPC edition.
At launch this fall, the Astra GTC will offer a choice of one diesel and three gasoline engines, including a range-topping 177-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 with a six-speed manual transmission. The 2.0-liter common-rail turbodiesel with stop/start technology delivers 162 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque and returns up to 48 mpg.
The Astra GTC features lower ride height and wider track than its siblings, with a fully adaptive, sport-tuned suspension. European buyers can choose from seven different wheel designs, in sizes from 17 to 20 inches.
Among the high-tech systems and gadgets are the Opel Eye front-camera system, Traffic-Sign Recognition, Lane-Departure Warning, Following-Distance Indication, Advanced Forward Lighting and Intelligent Light Ranging.
Edmunds.com says: Smart and sexy, and oh-so German.