More power, less thirst from As­tra

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - AL­WYN VILJOEN

WITH the fuel price again set to rise, ( thanks again for the low rand, dear govern­ment) it there­fore good to know that the new As­tra is all about sip­ping petrol.

Opel last week launched the 2016 As­tra with a choice of three ef­fi­cient turbo- charged en­gines that prom­ise to make the most out of ev­ery drop of petrol. Light­est of the lot is As­tra’s all- alu­minium 1.0 turbo, fol­lowed by 1.4 turbo and a 1.6 turbo ECOTEC en­gines. Th­ese en­gines are mated ei­ther to Opel’s five- or six- speed man­ual gear­boxes. A six- speed torque con­ver­tor au­to­matic trans­mis­sion is avail­able for mod­els equipped with the 1.4 tur­bocharged en­gine. The 1.0 litre, three cylin­der en­gine makes 77 kW at 4 500 rpm and 170 Nm from a low, low 1 800 rpm. Mated to a five- speed man­ual gear­box

its turbo burns all the petrol for a very good fuel con­sump­tion of 4,3 litres/ 100 km and 99 grams of CO2 emit­ted per kilo­me­tre. Throw fru­gal­ity to the winds and Opel says its lit­tle 1,0- litre can yet drive the As­tra to a top speed of 200 km/ h.

Bear in mind this is the slightly de­tuned ver­sion of the 1.0 turbo three cylin­der en­gine which was first in­tro­duced in the ADAM and Corsa. The lit­tle one- litre is a key player in the big­gest en­gine of­fen­sive in Opel’s his­tory which will see 17 new en­gines brought to mar­ket by 2018.

There is much else be­sides to im­press in the As­tra, from phone pro­jec­tion tech­nol­ogy to the Opel Eye front cam­era. What we like most is the lat­est gen­er­a­tion In­tel­lilink that seam­lessly con­nect to any phone on the go.

Why can’t the Mercs and BMWs link with this lit­tle fuss?

We will be test­ing th­ese driver aids in the next month. Stay tuned on Cap­i­tal 104fm or watch this space.

As­tra 1.0l- itre pric­ing

1.0T Essen­tia R254 000 1.0T En­joy R284 300

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

Fru­gal and fast, plus packed to the gun­wales with tech­nol­ogy, the new As­tra looks to shake up the hatch seg­ment again.

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