Opel and its sister company Vauxhall are taking next steps in their electric journey with the reveal of the fully electric All-New Astra Electric and Astra Sports Tourer Electric, arriving in the European market in 2023.
“The Astra Electric and the Astra Sports Tourer Electric are real pioneers: With the new battery-electric variant of the five-door and the estate, customers will benefit from everyday suitability combined with comfort, and above all with a lot of locally emission-free driving pleasure. This is what we mean when referring to sensible ‘Greenovation’ of mobility,” said Opel CEO Florian Huettl. “At the same time, we are continuing to roll out our electrification offensive. The new Opel Astra Electric is an important milestone on our way to becoming a fully electric brand in Europe.”
The All-New Astra Electric and Astra Sports Tourer Electric feature Opel/Vauxhall’s distinctive bold and pure design already found on internal combustion and electrified variants of the Astra and Astra Sports Tourer.
The Vizor front end houses Vauxhall’s latest driver aids and safety systems, the new Griffin logo, as well as Vauxhall’s class-leading IntelliLux LED Pixel Light technology. Meanwhile, the Vauxhall Compass design principle ensures the All-New Astra Electric and Astra Sports Tourer Electric look balanced from every angle.
From launch, all Astra Electric and Astra Sports Tourer Electric models come standard with 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, which can be had in a black finish for added styling.
Both the All-New Astra Electric and Astra Sports Tourer Electric feature the same, fully electric powertrain. Powered by a 114kW (15hp) electric motor producing 270Nm of torque, and a 54kWh battery, the All-New Astra Electric achieves a WLTP-certified range of 416 km (258 miles) from a single charge and reaches a top speed of 170 km/h (105mph).
Depending on driving preferences, Astra Electric drivers can choose between the three modes Eco, Normal and Sport.
The new Astra Electric requires just 12.7 kWh of electricity per 100 km (14.9 kWh according to WLTP3), making it not only the perfect, efficient vehicle for everyday use, but also an ideal companion that saves time on longer journeys – as a five-door model or as a Sports Tourer estate. Even when the battery-electric Astra needs to be recharged, this only means a short “pit stop” at a charging point. The Astra Electric can be charged to 80 percent of the battery capacity in around 30 minutes at a 100 kW direct current fast charging station. In addition, the all-electric Astra is equipped as standard with a three-phase 11 kW onboard charger for the wall box at home.
The batteries are practically housed in the underbody – so no space for passengers and luggage is lost in the interior. Even with the rear seats up, the Astra Sports Tourer Electric offers 516 litres of luggage space in the boot – with the seats folded down, the capacity increases to up to 1,553 litres. Another advantage: The low position of the battery also gives the Astra Electric and the Astra Sports Tourer Electric a safe and solid position on the road, as is typical for Opel/ Vauxhall.
The interior also provides a particularly intense driving experience: the ergonomic Active Sport seats, optionally available in Alcantara, offer Astra Electric drivers and passengers the highest level of seating comfort. The seats, which have been certified by Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V. (AGR; Campaign for Healthier Backs), offer excellent lateral stability and a wide range of manual and electric adjustment options. In this way, the driver feels even more firmly integrated into the vehicle and experiences a unique feeling at the steering wheel.
The fully digital Pure Panel with two large 10-inch widescreen displays also takes the driver into a modern cockpit world. The latest generation of intuitive human-machine interface displays all important functions such as battery charge status or range, while important settings such as climate control can still be easily adjusted at the touch of a button. And with the large E-HUD head-up display and natural voice recognition, drivers’ eyes can stay focused on the road and the traffic situation.
Numerous assistance systems, from front collision warning with automatic emergency braking to active lane keep assist, drowsiness detection and rear cross traffic alert to semi-automated lane change, are bundled in the new Intelli-Drive 2.0, among others, and further enhance safety – as does the class-leading, adaptive Intelli-Lux LED Pixel Light with a total of 168 LED elements.
Ordering for the All-New Astra Electric will open in early 2023 with deliveries anticipated from June 2023. Ordering for the Astra Sports Tourer Electric will open in the Summer with deliveries commencing from the latter part of the year.