Vauxhall is a British car marque while Opel is a German carmaker but they share their products depending on whether you are in Europe or the UK.
Opel (Vauxhall) has recently announced its first all-electric vehicle Opel Astra Electric. This EV is available as both hatchback and a Sports Tourer Wagon. Opel has ditched the suffix ‘e’ from the name of its cars and has started putting ‘Electric’ in its place signifying the next-gen products. The release of Opel Astra Electric will take place in 2023.
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Vauxhall (Opel) Astra Electric – Specs
The electric hatchback and wagon come powered by a 54 kWh battery (51 kWh usable) in the form of 102 cells in 17 modules powering the front wheels. The total output is a healthy 156 hp and 270 Nm of peak power and torque. This battery pack enables a decent range of 416 km on the WLTP cycle and the top speed is limited to 170 km/h. With a 100 kW DC faster charger, the battery can be topped up to 80% in just 30 mins. There will be driving modes on offer – Eco, Normal and Sport.
|Vauxhall (Opel) Astra Electric||Specs|
|Range||416 km (WLTP)|
|Power / Torque||156 hp / 270Nm|
|100 kW DC Fast Charging||30 mins (0-80%)|
|Top Speed||170 km/h|
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Dimensions and Storage
The ICE version of the Astra has been in production for decades now. Hence, the dimensions won’t be much different than that model even in the all-electric avatar. It is 4.37 m long and has a decent wheelbase of 2.67 m. In the Sports Tourer guise, the boot capacity is a cool 516 litres with all seats up and a colossal 1,553 litres with all seats folded.
|Vauxhall (Opel) Astra Electric||Dimensions|
|Boot Space (Sports Tourer)||516 litres|
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Interior and Features
The inside of Astra Electric has been meticulously designed. For instance, the Active Sports upholstery has been designed by Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V. (AGR; Campaign for Healthier Backs) for excellent lateral stability with tons of electrical adjustments, optional Alcantara material, two 10-inch Touchscreen Displays, E-HUD (Heads Up Display), Natural Voice Recognition, 18-inch Alloys, a new Intelli-Drive 2.0 System for ADAS functions like Drowsiness Detection, Front Collision Warning with the Automatic Emergency Braking System, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Active Lane Keep Assist and Semi-Automated Lane Change and more.
Vauxhall (Opel) Astra Electric – Price
The prices will be announced closer to the launch in the Spring of 2023. However, we could expect them to be around €35,000 in Europe.