Opel SA has launched the Astra sedan, marking the return of Opel's C-segment saloon and the addition of four new models to complete the Opel Astra range in South Africa.
"The arrival of the Astra sedan to South Africa is significant for GM South Africa as it completes the Opel Astra range and supports our efforts to rejuvenate and strengthen the Opel brand in this market," said Opel Brand Manager at General Motors South Africa, Chris Cradock.
"This all-new model brings with it an extension — literally — of the chic style and premium quality which the current Astra hatch range ushered in back in 2010, the sedan of course offering superior luggage space and a similarly beautiful design. We expect brand-conscious South Africans to develop a weakness for the Opel Astra sedan once again, and we have no doubts that the new Astra sedan will impress on all fronts."
The new Astra sedan is, of course, based on the hatch and thus features the same front end. The sedan, however, is 230mm longer than the hatch.
The rear of the Astra sedan features prominent tail-lights, an integrated boot spoiler and a chrome-plated exhaust outlet.
The new Astra sedan boasts a generous 460 litres of luggage space, which is 90 litres more than the hatchback. With the rear seats are folded forward, a total of 1010 litres of cargo volume becomes available.
The entry-level Astra sedan is dubbed the 1.6 Essentia and features a naturally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol engine producing 85kW at 6000rpm with 155Nm of torque available at 4000rpm. Mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, the front-wheel drive sedan is capable of returning a fuel economy figure of 6.6 litres per 100km, says Opel.
Powering two of the four new models and available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox, the Astra 1.4 Turbo Essentia sedan benefits from a forced induction motor - with 103kW available between 4900rpm and 6000rpm and 200Nm between 1850rpm and 4900rpm. Fuel economy is rated at 5.9 litres per 100km for the manual and 6.6 for the self-shifter.
The top of the range Astra 1.6 Turbo Cosmo sedan comes with a 132kW turbocharged petrol engine, delivering its peak power at 5500rpm and 230Nm of torque at 2200rpm. This enables the sedan to complete the 0-100km/h sprint in 8.7 seconds before reaching a top speed of 223km/h. The 1.6 Turbo Cosmo model has a claimed economy of 6.8 litres per 100km.
Essentia and Turbo Essentia models all feature colour coding, 17-inch alloy wheels, electric and heated side mirrors, a multi-function steering wheel with rake and reach adjustment, front and rear fog-lamps, halogen daytime running lights, height adjustment for the driver's seat, folding rear seats and cloth trim, along with air conditioning, front electric windows with tinting all-round, cruise control with a speed limiter, a radio/CD player with USB, auxiliary and Bluetooth functionality, seven speakers, a multi-info trip computer and remote central locking with an alarm/immobiliser.
The range-topping Turbo Cosmo model features all the same equipment, with the addition of 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome detailing on the door handles and side window profile, a leather-bound steering wheel, automatic headlights and wipers, a sports seat for the driver with powered lumbar support adjustment, leather upholstery, heated front seats, automatic dual-zone climate control, electric windows all-round, hill start assistance, rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a smart electronic parking brake.
Opel Astra 1.6 Essentia sedan: R239 900
Opel Astra 1.4 Turbo Essentia sedan: R250 900
Opel Astra 1.4 Turbo Essentia AT sedan: R261 300
Opel Astra 1.6 Turbo Cosmo sedan: R284 500
Five-year or 120 000km warranty and a five-year or 90 000km service plan (intervals of 15 000km) included.