Opel Euro 6d-TEMP Offensive Continues with Bestselling Astra
- Ready for the future: Opel begins Euro 6d-TEMP transition of Astra engines
- Premiere: Powerful 1.6 petrol and diesel engines lead the way
- Optimum after-treatment: Gasoline Particulate Filter (GPF) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) plus AdBlue
- Euro 6d-TEMP: Real driving emissions included for first time in new standard
Rüsselsheim. Opel’s Euro 6d-TEMP offensive continues with the Astra. All petrol and diesel engines of the compact bestseller are transitioning to the strict Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard, which includes Real Driving Emissions (RDE) measured on public roads and first comes into force for new registrations in September 2019. The start is made by the powerful 1.6-litre petrol and the 1.6 diesel unit that makes its debut in the Astra five-door hatchback and a few weeks later will become available on the Sports Tourer estate too.
Producing 147 kW/200 hp and 300 Nm of torque similar to a diesel, the 1.6-litre petrol engine with six-speed manual or automatic transmissions can power the Astra hatchback and Sports Tourer to a maximum speed of 235 km/h and enable zero to 100 km/h acceleration in 7.8 and 7.9 seconds respectively (fuel consumption hatchback: 8.4-8.2 l/100 km urban, 5.4-5.0 l/100 km extra-urban, 6.5-6.2 l/100 km combined, 151-144 g/km CO2; fuel consumption1 Sports Tourer: 8.5-8.3 l/100 km urban, 5.5-4.9 l/100 km extra-urban, 6.6-6.2 l/100 km combined, 154-144 g/km CO2). Prices in Germany (including VAT) for the dynamic Opel Astra 1.6 Turbo start at 26,495.00 Euro and 27,495.00 Euro respectively for the hatchback and the Sports Tourer.
In order to reduce particulate emissions as much as possible, the 1.6-litre direct injection petrol engine features a close-coupled Gasoline Particulate Filter (GPF) for optimum regeneration (i.e. oxidisation of the particles that accumulate in the filter).
The Astra hatchback’s 1.6-litre turbo-diesel engine with 100 kW/136 hp and 320 Nm of torque (fuel consumption1 six-speed manual transmission: 5.5-5.3 l/100 km urban, 4.1-3.9 l/100 km extra-urban, 4.6-4.4 l/100 km combined, 121-116 g/km CO2; fuel consumption1 six-speed automatic transmission: 6.1-5.9 l/100 km urban, 4.2-3.9 l/100 km extra-urban, 4.9-4.6 l/100 km combined, 130-122 g/km CO2) is equipped with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology for further reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions. The Astra with SCR and Euro 6d-TEMP compliancy is thus unaffected by potential bans of diesel vehicles from city centres. Prices in Germany for the 100 kW/136 hp Astra 1.6 D start at 25,770.00 Euro (including VAT).
In the SCR process, AdBlue is injected into the exhaust gas. The solution decomposes into ammonia, which is then stored on a catalyst substrate. Nitrogen oxide (NOx) enters the catalyst in the exhaust gas, and is then selectively reduced to nitrogen and water.
The rapid transition to Euro 6d-TEMP compliancy is part of Opel’s strategy to become a leader in vehicle emissions reduction. The next steps toward this goal are the introduction of four electrified models by 2020, including the next generation Corsa, which will be available as a fully electric vehicle, and the Grandland X as the first plug-in hybrid from Opel. By 2024 Opel will become fully electrified, offering a hybrid or a battery electric version of every passenger car model alongside those powered by internal combustion engines.
Light, frugal, agile: Astra designed for maximum efficiency
The Astra – voted “Car Of The Year” in Europe in 2016 – is one of the bestselling models in the Opel portfolio. Light, frugal and agile, while offering excellent comfort, the Astra hatchback and Sports Tourer estate exude efficiency with every component.
Despite compact exterior dimensions, occupants in the Astra enjoy particularly generous legroom – especially in the rear. The Sports Tourer can also carry up to 1,630 litres of luggage and the extensive load area is easy to access thanks to the optional power tailgate, which can be opened and shut with a simple kicking motion under the bumper.
In addition to featuring a host of driver assistance systems such as Forward Collision Alert with Automatic Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, the Astra is the first car in its class to be made available with full LED matrix headlamps. IntelliLux LED Matrix Lighting on the Astra consists of 16 LED segments – eight on each side of the vehicle – that automatically and constantly adapt the length and distribution of the light beam to every situation, without glare for oncoming traffic.
The optional equipment for the Astra also includes infotainment systems that can be operated by touch-screen, remote controls on the steering wheel and voice recognition. They additionally allow operation of suitably-equipped smartphones via the phone’s voice-control system, such as Siri or Google, and they are compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
 WLTP measurements converted to NEDC values for comparison.
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