The fifth generation 2016 Opel Astra will make its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA). It will feature a lightweight architecture and intelligent packaging with total weight savings up to 200 kg from the previous generation.
The all-new Astra is inspired by the Monza Concept that was showcased earlier at the 2013 IAA in Frankfurt. The bodyshell (body-in-white) and structure is 20% lighter, and this brings its weight figure down from 357 kg to 280 kg. The use of lightweight high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel along with updated chassis components like compact sub-frames and suspension have also resulted in an additional 50 kg weight reduction.
The exhaust system sees a weight reduction of 25% or 4.5 kg, while the it also features new wheels and tyres that are 11.5 kg lighter. Since there is lesser mass to decelerate with new lighter wheels and tyres, the braking system gets an updated design featuring a reduction of 10 kg, while delivering improved performance.
The engines too have been optimised to be compact and efficient; the new 1.4 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo engine gets a new aluminum engine block which is 10 kg lighter than the cast-iron block used in the previous generation. The company claims the new engine weighs much less than other engines in the segment. The compact design has also been implemented in the new generation of transmissions offered for added weight savings.
Additionally the seats in the 2016 Astra are 10 kg lighter with the use of modern materials and packaging techniques. Designers have spent five years to develop compact class seats which will be comfortable while offering more space and weight savings. The seats are built using ultra-high-strength steel frame and lighter polyurethane foam along with hard wearing upholstery.
More information is available in the press release embedded below the image gallery.