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New Opel Astra Station Wagon: Dynamic, Elegant, Spacious and Flexible
Posted by: kak on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 - 05:36 PM CET

Just a few months after the very successful launch of the five-door model, the Astra family welcomes a new member. The new Astra station wagon will have its world premiere at the International Motor Show in Madrid, Spain (May 20 - 30, 2004). The dynamic and elegant station wagon can be ordered beginning in June, and European dealers will have it in their showrooms in October. Thanks to its 2.70-meter wheelbase, the new Astra station wagon has ample space for passengers and luggage. Numerous details such as an optional sliding rear bench seat or the FlexOrganizer system make the up to 1570-liter cargo space even more versatile. These features are complemented by a broad range of engines with a total of five gasoline and four CDTI common-rail diesel engines as well as a technology package extraordinary for this segment. This includes, for example, the adaptive, interactive IDSPlus chassis with electronic damping control, steering-linked AFL (Adaptive Forward Lighting) dynamic curve light headlamp system and a trailer stability program.

- Sleek station wagon in progressive Astra design
- 2.70 meter wheelbase for ample space and up to 1570 liters cargo volume
- Sliding rear bench seat and FlexOrganizer system for even more versatility
- Five gasoline and four CDTI common-rail diesel engines with 80 to 200 hp

"We want to take a leading role in the compact station wagon segment with the new Opel Astra station wagon", says Opel Chairman and Managing Director, Carl-Peter Forster. "It offers the same driving dynamics as the Astra five-door, which had such positive test results also due to its safe and agile driving performance. This is now complemented by the generous luggage compartment space. For me, the Astra station wagon is a car in best Opel station wagon tradition that you can use for a variety of purposes."

Spacious interior even more versatile thanks to sliding rear seat bench

With its 2.70 meter wheelbase, which is around nine centimeters longer than the five-door and station wagon predecessor models, the Astra station wagon (length/width/height: 4.51/ 1.75/1.5 meters) offers very generous load volume of up to 530 liters (according to VDA, the German Automotive Industry Association) under the luggage compartment cover.

By folding down the rear bench seat and seat backs (both with standard 60:40 split or optional 40:20:40 split), its cargo capacity can easily be expanded to around 1570 liters, substantially more than its predecessor (1500 liters according to VDA).

The optional sliding rear bench can be adjusted to increase the spacious legroom of 897 mm (26 mm more than its predecessor) by around 40 mm to 936 mm. The rear bench, which has a total longitudinal adjustment range of 105 mm, can simply be slid forward when more luggage space is needed. This increases the load capacity by more than 60 mm up to1135 mm compared to the standard version's 1072 mm. With the optional foldable front passenger seat, maximum load length can even be extended to 2.75 m.

With straight side walls, a storage area beneath the floor, side storage and an additional 12-volt socket, the new Opel Astra station wagon's generous luggage compartment is extremely versatile. The standard stainless steel rim protects the 582 mm low luggage compartment sill from scratches and complements the high quality look. Opel´s understanding of customer needs is also reflected in the new luggage compartment cover. Just a gentle touch and the handy opening mechanism smoothly and quietly rolls back the cover to enable easy loading. Already proven in the Vectra station wagon, the patented FlexOrganizer system for versatile and secure storage of goods was further enhanced for the Astra, with the horizontal side rails in anodized aluminum. An extensive range of accessories enables individual arrangement and organization of the loading space to meet every driver's needs.

Sporty, elegant look, dynamic chassis and special trailer-towing package

The new Opel Astra station wagon, with its dynamic front-end, eye-catching three-dimensional rear lights and distinctive side window graphics, continues the five-door hatchback's progressive design line. The high quality flat roof rails, familiar from the Opel Signum, are available in black or silver and accentuate the station wagon's elegant appearance.

A completely new dimension of balance between comfort and active safety can be experienced in the new Astra station wagon with the optional, adaptive IDSPlus suspension system and electronic Continuous Damping Control (CDC). This integrated chassis control network (ICC), where the control units and sensors of ESPPlus, ABS and CDC communicate constantly via the high-speed CAN (Controller Area Network) data bus system, highlights the dynamic driving characteristics of the new Astra station wagon. Further options such as the automatic levelling system, innovative trailer stability program and Hill Start Assist (HSA) predestine the new model for trailer towing.

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On a somewhat non sequitur note, isn't that Astra wagon driving through the same field that the Malibu drove through in its commercials earlier this year?...
 

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While the back end is a little funky, it would fill a great void in GM's lineup here. I love my SW2, and I'd like to replace it with something like this or the Nomad. I don't wanna go to Mitsu or Ford!
 

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9 (count 'em... 9!) engine choices! diesel and gas, from 90 hp to 200 hp. that makes that one vehicle (including the hatch, sedan and wagon) appeal to so many more people than something like the cobalt ever can, with 2 body styles and 2 different engines. i know they're different markets, but offering more variation on fewer vehicles might streamline GM, which right now has way too many overlapping vehicles. if opel (or vauhall) can carry the european torch for GM (along with some saab help and the occasional caddy), surely GM north america could shed some weight.

not that i wanna start another "which brand can we chuck", but this "everything to everyone" deal is overkill. what'll i buy today? impala SS? grand prix GTP? bonneville GX/P? cadillac STS? buick regal GS? yes, they vary in price and intended mission, but they could all be on ones short list for a large more or less sporty sedan. want a sporty chevrolet? buy a pontiac. want a luxurious pontiac? buy a cadillac. want a chev truck? welcome to GMC.

couple fewer, more pointed brands with single models that offer greater choices (more engines, transmissions and features), and i think GM would be a much more responsive force.
 

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I'm visiting the UK right now, and every time I see the new Astra 5-door and peek in, I cant help but grieve for what the MAXX could have been. It is truly a beautiful car (esp the interior). While the 'Bu outdoes Toyota, I think the Astra outdoes Audi.
 

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But the Astra is a compact car not a mid-size.
 

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Originally posted by paul8488@May 20 2004, 06:53 PM
couple fewer, more pointed brands with single models that offer greater choices (more engines, transmissions and features), and i think GM would be a much more responsive force.
Agreed! I also believe it applies to option selections: 9 engines is a bit much.
 

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that would be a good replacement for pontiac vibe or as the next vibe sporty and put a nice 240 or 260 horsepower engine and good competition for the Dodge Magnum sport wagon and redesigned Malibu Maxx instead of the present wagon...its some sportiness to it but its not a true chevy i think it looks too much like a mitsu type of wagon then it a real chevy wagon of the 80s and 90s...
 
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