The new Opel / Vauxhall Astra, to be introduced officially at the IAA motor show in September, could well emerge as a serious contender to Volkswagen’s long-standing bestseller Golf. In particular in terms of connectivity and driver assistance, the vehicle marks a new phase for the European GM subsidiary and for the entire compact class.
In addition to the connectivity solutions and the LED matrix headlight, the Astra offers a broad range of electronic systems as options. Examples are a road sign assistant that “reads” traffic signs and displays them in the dashboard display. Other features on the option list are a lane assistant with active steering correction, a new distance display that shows the distance to the vehicle in front, a front collision warning system with automatic emergency brake for speeds up to 60 kmph and a parking assistance that automatically steers the vehicle into a parking space. A rear-view camera and a blind-spot warning system round off the list.
The new Astra also comes with a range of all-new, highly efficient gasoline and diesel engines – likely another reason for Volkswagen to wrap up warmly.