Opel is relaunching its popular Astra compact car as an all-electric model starting in 2023. The Opel Astra Electric will be offered as a five-door or station wagon (Sports Tourer Electric), has a speed of 170 km/h and a range of 416 km according to WLTP.
Opel Astra Electric: The Astra goes all-electric
On Nov. 30, Opel unveiled the all-electric future of the legendary Astra . Starting in spring 2023, the Opel Astra Electric is expected to join the automaker’s model lineup as a five-door and Sports Tourer Electric station wagon.
“The Astra Electric and the Astra Sports Tourer Electric are true pioneers: with the new battery-electric version of the five-door and station wagon, customers will in future be able to travel locally emission-free in an all-round way that is suitable for everyday use, comfortable and, above all, fun to drive. This is what we mean by meaningful ‘greenovation’ of mobility,” reveals Opel CEO Florian Huettl.
In this regard, the Astra Electric is expected to mark an important milestone for the brand on its way to a complete electric lineup. In this regard, the battery-electric model complements the already available powertrains of the Astra, which is also available as a plug-in hybrid in addition to an internal combustion engine.
156 hp, 170 km/h and 416 km range
Both Opel Astra Electric models are designed to focus on driving pleasure with responsibility. The electric motor delivers 115 kW and 156 hp of power, respectively, with 270 Newton meters of torque. With a spirited step on the gas pedal, full power is immediately available, which, according to Opel, should ensure “nimble starts at traffic lights and confident acceleration”.
At its peak, the E-Astra can reach speeds of up to 170 km/h, with three driving modes (Eco, Normal and Sport) available to determine how the engine responds. Energy is stored in a 54 kWh lithium-ion battery. 102 battery cells in 17 modules thus allow a purely electric range of up to 416 kilometers according to WLTP.
“Thus, the new Astra Electric requires just 12.7 kWh of electricity per 100 kilometers (14.9 kWh according to WLTP) and is therefore not only the perfect efficient companion in everyday life, but as a five-door as well as a station wagon Sports Tourer also an ideal motorhome that saves time on longer routes,” promises Opel.
On the road, the Opel Astra Electric can be quickly supplied with new juice at a 100 kW DC fast charging station. The charging process from 0 to 80 percent is said to take just around 30 minutes. In addition, the all-electric Astra is equipped as standard with a three-phase 11 kW onboard charger for fast AC charging at the wall box at home.
The batteries are installed in the underbody of the electric car, which means that no space is lost in the interior. And at least the Astra Sports Tourer Electric has plenty of that. Opel puts its trunk volume, with the rear seats up, at a whopping 516 liters – with the rear seats folded down, there is even up to 1,533 liters available.
Inside and out, the Opel Astra Electric models rely on modern technology. This includes, for example, ergonomic and comfortable Spart Active seats, which are also optionally available in Alcantara.
Two 10-inch widescreen displays are available in the cockpit. They show all the important functions, such as the battery charge level or range, while important settings such as the air conditioning can still be easily controlled at the touch of a button. There is also a head-up display (E-HUD) including voice recognition.
Numerous assistance systems ranging from front collision warning with automatic hazard braking, active lane departure warning, drowsiness detection and cross-traffic alert to semi-adaptive lane change assist are also integrated into the Intelli-Drive 2.0 system. An adaptive Intelli-Lux LED Pixel light with a total of 168 LED elements provides powerful illumination.
Price and availability
The Opel Astra Electric and Opel Astra Sports Tourer Electric should be available to order from spring 2023. However, the automaker has not yet revealed exactly when that will be and at what price the two electric cars will launch on the market.