Opel has always measured sportiness based on two acronyms: GSi and OPC. Some time ago the Germans left behind those acronyms that offered so many good times in the past. The company’s crisis and the tumultuous accession to the Stellantis Group closed the door on a sports division that is now reopening thanks to electrification. The Opel Astra will have a sports electric version, and its developers are already working on it.
The Opel Astra is an institution in itself within the German brand. The lightning mark has two icons: Corsa and Astra. While Opel has long made it clear that the glorious days of sport utility vehicles will not return, it officially announces the return of hot hatch under acronyms that for now we do not know. GSi, OPC, VXR or what? The truth is that it does not matter much what that high-power unit ends up being called, the simple fact that it arrives is already good news.
The Germans need to get out of that circle in which they have been locked up for years. Things are going well, Opel is once again generating revenue and gaining confidence in the markets, and the successes are creating a basis for the development of models that, although they will not be as popular in sales, will recover that sporty image that has always accompanied the brand. This has been announced by Opel’s chief designer, Mark Adams, to the English medium TopGear.
The company’s creative brains have announced several launches for the Astra in the near future. Next year the Opel Astra electric and the sports Opel Astra PHEV will be added to the portfolio. These units were already confirmed. As for the 100% emission-free unit, we know that it will have a scheme similar to that of the Opel Corsa-e, but with expanded characteristics. More battery capacity, more power and also more autonomy. The first data show range figures greater than 500 kilometers.
As for the sporty plug-in hybrid model, just take a look at its brand partner, the Opel Grandland. The most powerful version has a PHEV system with 300 horsepower, two electric motors, a 13.2 kWh battery and a range of 59 kilometers. It is more than possible that the Astra PHEV sports unit exceeds that power figure, although without reaching the Peugeot 508 PSE with 360 horses. The same sports unit will be replicated in the Peugeot 308 and quite possibly in the DS 4.
As for deadlines, it is confirmed that the 100% electric version focused on autonomy and also the plug-in hybrid unit will be launched next year. As for the higher power electric, it will still take a little longer to be seen. Mark Adams himself has confirmed that they are already working on itso it is quite likely that we will be able to enjoy it from the end of next year or the beginning of 2024. Surely in the coming months we will know more details, such as the acronyms that will accompany it.