Rüsselsheim. Whisper diesel premiere for the Astra GTC: the all-new 1.6 CDTI now also ensures powerful and clean drive in the sporty compact coupé. This makes the 100 kW/136 hp turbo diesel with 320 Nm maximum torque available for the entire Astra family. It replaces the 1.7 CDTI and provides more performance and higher torque with less displacement. The Astra GTC can be ordered with the new engine for prices starting at 24,390 euros (RRP incl. VAT in Germany).
The 1.6 CDTI consumes just 4.1 liters diesel per 100 km and emits just 109 g/km CO2. This earns the Astra GTC the German A energy efficiency label. But that is not all – with its powerful performance, the turbo diesel does absolute justice to the compact coupé’s sporty character. The newest generation all-aluminum turbo unit boasts powerful 320 Nm maximum torque – 20 Nm more than the 1.7-liter predecessor with 130 hp. The whisper diesel also has more power than the previous generation in spite of its smaller displacement. With 6 hp higher output, the Astra GTC accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 10.2 seconds; it sprints from 80 to 120 km/h in fifth gear in just 8.9 instead of the previous 10.5 seconds. Its top speed is an impressive 198 km/h.
Opel renewed the engine family for the Astra GTC within a very short time. The wide portfolio is completed by the 206 kW/280 hp top-of-the-line OPC, the high-performance diesel 2.0 BiTurbo CDTI with 143 kW/195 hp and 400 Nm maximum torque, the powerful 1.6 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo with 125 kW/170 hp and 147 kW/200 hp as well as the whisper-quiet 1.6 CDTI with 100 kW/136 hp.
Pleasantly quiet: Higher comfort thanks to lower noise generation
The new 1.6 CDTI engine comes with Start/Stop plus a braking energy recuperation system as standard and is coupled with the further developed, improved six-speed manual transmission. This guarantees highest shifting comfort. A host of enhancements to the transmission components and shifting mechanisms, as well as to integration in the vehicle, led to noticeable improvements in comfort.
Opel’s extremely efficient whisper diesel is the first unit in the Astra portfolio to already comply with the future Euro 6 emissions standard, making it the cleanest diesel Opel has ever built. The engine is best-in-class in noise and vibration generation thanks to its optimized component design, an especially efficient combustion process with multiple injection and additional acoustic measures. The result is totally convincing. Opel’s new 1.6 CDTI is the quietest diesel in its class, earning the name whisper diesel. Further contributors to its strong and clean performance are the VTG turbocharger (variable turbine geometry), the high-pressure common rail system and lean NOx trap exhaust after-treatment (LNT). The LNT is upstream of the diesel particulate filter and can capture and reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) from exhaust gases there, a clean and space-saving solution.