The fifth generation Opel Astra was unveiled last month as a 5-door hatchback. While the Astra estate version is known to be in the pipeline, the 3-door hatchback model is not.
According to a new report from Autovisie, the 3-door model may be dropped for this generation. There may not be an OPC variant either.
Speaking to the Dutch publication about the Astra GTC, Opel’s Hans Tate said that the company is doing a market research to know if (enough) demand for such a 3-door model exists. If the business case is positive, a 3-door Astra GTC will be launched, otherwise it’s not a necessity, he added. Until the decision is made, the current Astra GTC will continue to be sold, though it is unclear till when.
The company is doing market research also for the Astra OPC – the high performance variant which is based on the GTC model. As the 3-door model for the fifth-gen Astra hatchback range is uncertain, the chances of the OPC variant moving to the new generation are low. Mr. Tate admits that OPC variant is important for the brand image but then it should be saleable too, and a decision about the all-new Astra OPC will be taken later.
The rivaling third generation Ford Focus RS will be offered only as a 5-door hatchback, while the current VW Golf R is offered in both 3- and 5-door versions. A VW Golf GTI-rivaling GSi variant should be offered though and a test mule of the same was spied earlier this month. It would slot between the standard and OPC variant (if launched) and should be powered by the same 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine from the standard variant, with output bumped up from 145 hp to around 200 hp, and feature sportier exterior & interior visual modifications.