Opel Astra GTC unveiled

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Opel Astra GTC

The new Opel Astra GTC, or Vauxhall Astra GTC, has been revealed in these official pics before its public unveiling at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The sporty little coupé has got some very sculpted lines from the Paris Concept seen last year and shares not one body panel with the five-door hatch. Opel has big plans for the model on the European car market, expecting that it will make up to 20 percent of total Astra sales.

The Astra GTC is an aggressive and rakish-looking vehicle with a lower and wider stance than the standard hatchback. It has been lowered by 15mm and is wider by another 10mm, and the 18 to 20-inch wheels on offer accentuate its purposeful looks. Despite this sports style, Opel wants to the coupé to keep some of those space-friendly features from the hatchback, with room for five occupants, a boot size that starts at 370 litres and a redesigned interior with extra room for storing objects.

On the technical front, the Opel Astra GTC borrows the Hiperstrut (high performance strut) suspension from the Insignia OPC and comes with the FlexRide settings of Standard, Tour and Sport. Three petrol engines and a diesel will be available from launch date, although we can expect addition engines to be announced at the 2011 IAA. The Astra OPC won’t appear until sometime in 2012. The engine range is as follows:

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  • A two-litre CDTI diesel with 165 hp and 380 Nm of torque which comes with a six-speed manual gearbox and start&stop system. It has a top speed of 210 km/hr and reaches 100 km/hr in 5.9 seconds.
  • A 1.4-litre petrol turbo engine in two powersteps of 120 and 140 hp, with start&stop system and average fuel consumption features of 5.9 l/km (compared to the 4.9 of the diesel).
  • A range-topping 1.6-litre turbo petrol unit with 180 hp and a top speed of 220 km/hr.

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The Opel Astra GTC will have plenty of technological goodies, including features like the Opel Eye camera, Traffic Sign Recognition which integrates road signs with the GPS unit, Lane Departure Warning and other acronyms which we would only bore you with.

The Astra GTC interior gets new finishes and colours for the interior, and options include leather and alcantara upholstery, eight different seat adjustments and leather sports steering wheel. The new GTC model has a starting price of about 19,600 euros for the Elective 1.4 Turbo model with 120 hp, and 26,100 euros for the Cosmo S 2.0 CDTI with 165 hp.

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