The all-new Opel Astra has made its debut, with the sixth generation of the Blitz-badged midsize hatchback boasting sharper exterior styling, updated tech and, for the first time, powerful plug-in hybrid engines.

The new Astra’s suspension features McPherson struts up front and a torsion beam at the rear.

Featuring the German manufacturer’s bold new Vizor front facia, the new Astra’s striking bodywork measures 4 374 mm long (4 mm up from the previous model) and 1 860 mm wide. The wheelbase, meanwhile, has been increased by 13 mm to 2 675 mm. According to Opel, the Astra’s boot, which feature an adjustable floor, now offers 422 litres of luggage capacity.

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Opel Vizor front facia incorporates the LED headlamps.

Key exterior elements include, among others, the latest evolution Opel’s Intelli-Lux LED Pixel headlamps, featuring 168 LED units, and front-facing camera of the Intelli-Vision system. Another exterior feature enhancing the Astra’s bold styling is the pronounced forward rake of the C-pillar.

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AGR-certified seats offer “exemplary” ergonomics, Opel says.

Said Mark Adams, vice president of design, “The new Astra represents the exciting next step of our new design execution … with its bold Vizor front face, muscular wheelarches and sheer surfacing, the new Astra has a very sporty and confident personality.” “The interior also takes a bold step into the future. The driver-orientated cockpit with seamless glass look of the new Pure Panel will bring a whole new emotional experience to our customers,” Adams added.

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Pronounced C-pillar enhances the bold look.

The new Astra’s minimalist cabin is equipped with the next generation of Opel’s Pure Panel cockpit. The Pure Panel layout features a duo of 10-inch displays, one for the instruments and another for infotainment. The latter, touch-enabled display features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and allows for voice control. Driver assistance comes courtesy of the German marque’s Intelli-Vision 360-degree camera and Intelli-Drive 2.0 system.

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Tapered taillamps among the rear revisions.

The sixth-generation Astra will be available with the option of “highly efficient” petrol and diesel engines, producing power outputs ranging from 81 kW to 96 kW, and plug-in hybrid powertrains producing “up to” 165 kW. The internal combustion powerplants will feature a six-speed gearbox as standard, while the more powerful, plug-in hybrid variants gain an eight-speed automatic transmission.