The eight-gen hatchback will sport a radical look inspired by the Mokka SUV.
The latest addition to the PSA Group, Opel is set to release the 2021 Astra small family hatchback. The upcoming Astra will be based on the group’s brand new EMP2 platform and designed radically, similar to the Opel Mokka crossover SUV. The Astra will compete against Volkswagen Group’s VW Golf, Škoda Octavia, and the Seat Leon, which have also been thoroughly refreshed for the 2020 model year, making the eight-gen Astra a year late into the compact hatchback market.
Based on the PSA platform, the new Astra will share a lot of mechanical components with the new Peugeot 308. The design of the eighth-generation will somewhat rely on the 308. Still, it will be noticeably different, just like the 208 and the Corsa, which share basic outlines but have entirely different characters.
The Astra will be available with the usual powertrains, either 3-cylinder or 4-cylinder engines, gasoline and diesel. However, there will be two more plug-in hybrids available, with the more powerful version reserved for the top-of-the-line Astra OPC/VXR, which is to be derived from Opel’s Grandland X Plug-in Hybrid4.
If it’s the case, the Astra OPC will have almost 300 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, making it incredibly fast, almost as much as the Golf R. The lower weight compared to the Grandland X crossover could imply that it could come with a 0-60mph time way below 6 seconds, and a top speed of more than 136 mph.
Opel has not confirmed the Astra OPC’s availability along with the regular models. Still, sources say that the company will wait for a while before launching the hot version of its trademark hatchback.