Enhancing Efficiency: The Opel Astra Embraces Mild-Hybrid Technology

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Renowned as a stalwart in European automotive circles, the Opel Astra stands as a formidable contender against the perennially popular VW Golf. In its commitment to staying current, Stellantis introduces a mild-hybrid powertrain to the Astra lineup, complementing its existing array of gasoline, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric options. Both the hatchback and estate (Sports Tourer) variants of the Astra now feature the ubiquitous turbocharged 1.2-liter engine, recently augmented with a 48-volt system. This integration, according to the manufacturer, yields a significant reduction of 14 percent in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption compared to the non-electrified 1.2 Turbo equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

 

The combustion engine delivers a robust 134 hp (100 kW / 136 PS) and 230 Nm (170 lb-ft) of torque, while the integrated electric motor, nestled within the six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, contributes an additional 28 hp (21 kW / 29 PS) and 55 Nm (40.6 lb-ft) of torque. Regenerative braking replenishes the compact 48V lithium-ion battery pack, ingeniously positioned beneath the left front seat to preserve valuable boot space. Opel asserts that the mild-hybrid system empowers the Astra to operate in pure electric mode for up to half its urban journeys, resulting in WLTP mixed cycle CO2 emissions of 113g/100km for the hatchback and 115g/100km for the Sports Tourer. Moreover, fuel consumption figures are impressively curtailed to 5 lt/100 km (47 mpg) and 5.1 lt/100 km (46 mpg) respectively.

 

Performance-wise, the Opel Astra accelerates from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in a brisk 9 seconds, attaining a commendable top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph).

 

Aesthetic continuity characterizes the Astra Hybrid, harmonizing seamlessly with its siblings, save for a discreet emblem adorning the tailgate. Internally, the 10-inch digital instrument cluster receives updated graphics, providing clear visualization of the energy flow, with numerical indicators transitioning to blue when the combustion engine is dormant.

 

The Opel Astra Hybrid is now available for ordering throughout Europe, with prices commencing at €36,430 ($39,538) in Germany. In contrast, the equivalently potent non-electrified gasoline variant starts at a more budget-friendly €32,660 ($35,459).

 

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