Spied! Next-Generation Astra Inside and Out (Visit this link)
The next Astra will ride on GM's new Delta II platform and will likely share GM's new turbo 1.4L, which will also see duty in the Chevrolet Volt and Cruze. The 2009-10 Astra will receive heavy influences from the new Insignia – which will be branded as the Saturn Aura when it hits the U.S. market – both in styling and technology packages. Despite the car's irritating disguising, the new profile, the front fascia and the massive rear bumper with the parted taillights are yet visible. While we can't say anything to the shape of the three-door model yet, it seems to be clear the five-door version will again get the current models sloping roof line plus the trapezoidal-shaped c-post — as previewed in GM's latest teaser shots. All in all, however, the new car looks somewhat sleeker and yet more elegant. The Astra also seems to have very interesting headlight clusters with a jeweled arrangement at the top of the housing. We aren't yet sure if these are in fact LED daytime running lights. On the inside, we can see this particular prototype is a 6-speed Opel. Buttons for 3-stage, heated seats are visible towards the bottom of the center stack. What caught our eye even more are two buttons on the top of the center stack. One on the right reads "Tour" and the one on the left reads "Sport." While an adaptive suspension seems like a pricey feature for such a low cost car, those buttons may very well control such a system.