221-hp Opel Astra GSe is first mannequin in electrified efficiency vary


Opel on Wednesday launched the Astra GSe as the primary mannequin in a brand new vary of electrified efficiency automobiles.

The vary will probably be offered below the GSe sub-brand, the designation taken from the GSE badge that featured on performance-oriented variations of Opel’s Commodore and Monza within the Nineteen Seventies and ’80s. Again then the E signified “einspritzung,” the German phrase for “injection,” however as we speak it stands for “electrified efficiency.”

The Astra GSe is a plug-in hybrid, with its powertrain consisting of a 1.6-liter turbo-4 and electrical motor combo producing a peak 221 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. A 12.4-kwh battery makes a small electrical vary potential.

The identical powertrain options in the common Astra, however the GSe combines it with a sport-tuned chassis. Key modifications to the chassis embrace new springs, Koni adjustable dampers, a 10-mm decrease trip, 18-inch mild alloys, and recalibrated steering and digital stability management techniques.

The GSe therapy additionally provides some visible fashions. Along with the brand new wheels, the Astra GSe additionally sports activities a brand new entrance fascia. Inside, there are sport seats up entrance lined in Alcantara.

The Astra GSe might be ordered as each the common hatch and Sports activities Tourer wagon.

Gross sales in markets the place Opel operates begin later this yr.

“The brand new Astra GSe and new Astra Sports activities Tourer GSe are the best automobiles for launching our dynamic new sub-brand, in full alignment with our technique to turn into an all-electric model by 2028,” Florian Huettl, Opel’s CEO, stated in a press release.


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