Opel has lifted off the covers from its latest offering in the station wagon space, the Astra Sports Tourer. Based on the Astra hatchback, the new Opel Astra Sports Tourer shares its platform and other mechanical underpinnings with the Peugeot 308 SW. It should be noted that Peugeot unveiled the 308 SW, which is a station wagon version of the 308 hatchback, which itself shares its mechanicals with the Opel Astra hatchback.
Just like how it was expected, the Opel Astra Sports Tourer shares much of its design with its hatchback counterpart. The entire front fascia has been lifted off from the hatchback, which is called ‘Vizor’ in Opel’s new design terminology. The front face has a wide blacked-out front grille, which, unlike the hatchback, gets chrome surrounds and chrome finished logo of Opel in the middle. The grille is flanked with bi-beam Matrix LED projector headlamps and daytime running headlamps on their upper edges. The vertical V-shaped housings for the fog lamps get a strip of chrome garnish on their outer edges.
For the new Sports Tourer, Opel has stretched the wheelbase of the Astra, and thus, the vehicle gets a long profile when viewed from the sides. On offer are new bigger side windows, chrome finish for the shoulder line and new machined alloy wheels, At the back, the rear profile of the Opel Astra Sports Tourer looks different from the Astra hatchback – while both the cars share the same slim LED tail lamps, the license plate housing has moved up in the Sports Tourer.
The cabin layout of the new Opel Astra Tourer, as expected, is the same as that of the Astra hatchback. There is a futuristic-looking ‘Pure Panel’ digital cockpit, comprising of a full TFT instrument console and a touchscreen infotainment system, the latter of which is slightly tilted towards the driver side. Also on offer are wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto and head-up display.
Due to the increase in length, the Opel Astra Sports Tourer packs in more cabin space as compared to the hatchback, with a massive boot space of 608 litres, which can be extended to 1,634 litres after folding the rear 40:20:40 split seats. The station wagon is also equipped with a retractable load compartment cover for additional privacy.
For the Astra Sports Tourer, Opel has relied on the same set of engines and transmissions which are on offer for the Astra hatchback. The range starts with a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which makes 110 bhp of power and 205 Nm of torque. The engine is available in a higher state of tune as well, with maximum power and torque outputs rated at 130 bhp and 230 Nm respectively.
For those who prefer oil burners, there is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine too, which makes 130 bhp of power and 300 Nm of torque. The range tops with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, which is a combination of a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine with an electric motor that makes 180 bhp of power and 360 Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox is offered as standard, with higher variants getting an option of an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Will it come to India?
Opel left the Indian market a long time ago at the beginning of the 21st century and is unlikely to make a return here. So, the arrival of Opel Astra Sports Tourer is a big ‘no’ for India.