Opel Antara: Compact Crossover for Everyday and Leisure Use
- In addition to active four-wheel drive now also with front-wheel drive
- High utility value blended with pronounced elegance
- Refined 3.2-liter V6 gasoline engine is top-of-the-line unit
Rüsselsheim. Opel again sends a clear signal in the SUV segment with the Antara, which combines dynamic, elegant design with robust four-wheel drive as standard. The technologically sophisticated compact five-seat crossover boasts the handling of a passenger car, generous interior space despite compact exterior dimensions, high levels of functionality, a raised seat position and innovative transport features such as the “Flex-Fix” carrier system, which pulls out from the rear bumper. The interior echoes the style and elegance of a top-of-the-line sedan, and with its electronically networked chassis, precise speed-dependent power steering and active four-wheel drive, the Antara is at home in the city or off-road.
Design and packaging
The Antara’s distinctive design character is emphasized by an attractive contrast: while the car’s lower section clearly displays the crossover’s robustness, above that the body’s striking lines and taut surfaces unite stylish elegance with a sporty, athletic look. Typical Opel style details include the crease on the hood and the grille accentuated by the wide chrome bar with large Opel logo. With its compact dimensions (length x width x height: 4576 x 1850 x 1704 mm) the crossover takes up no more space than a mid-size passenger car.
The interior is reminiscent of the style and elegance of a luxury sedan. Sporty, contoured seats and a center console with central info display dominate the driver-oriented cockpit. Eye-catching interior features include three large round air vents on the center console and a distinctively shaped handbrake grip. With its elevated seating position, spaciousness and large glazed surfaces, the Antara conveys a casual, easy-going lifestyle. The trunk has a transport volume of up to 1420 liters.
The Antara’s stiff body structure safeguards occupants’ survival space in the passenger cell: side and cross members as well as front wheel carriers distribute impact forces along a total of three load paths in the event of a frontal collision. The doors, which are reinforced in the middle and upper sections, also serve as side impact protection, as do the especially stable B-pillars produced from tailored blanks. Impact energy is also absorbed by the crashboxes on the front and rear body frame.
The Opel Antara’s extensive standard safety package includes front and side airbags for driver and front passenger, head curtain airbags for the front and outer rear seats, height-adjustable three-point seat belts and head restraints for all five seats. The front seats feature seat belt pretensioners, belt-force limiters and the seat belt warning system, while the outer rear seats are fitted with ISOFIX child seat mountings.
Chassis and active safety
With its agile handling, precise speed-dependent power steering, firm, electronically networked chassis and active four-wheel drive, the Antara is designed as a road car with off-road capabilities. Thanks to the CAN Bus networking of ABS, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Active Rollover Protection (ARP), Traction Control (TC), Descent Control System (DCS) and electronically controlled
four-wheel drive, the compact SUV offers an extraordinary combination of dynamics and comfort. The active four-wheel drive system Intelligent Torque Controlled Coupling (ITCC) combines the benefits of pure front-wheel drive − such as low fuel consumption and virtually effortless maneuvering − with those of four-wheel drive. While the Antara is a front-wheel drive car under normal conditions, propulsion power can be quickly and seamlessly distributed between the front and rear axles at a ratio of up to 50:50 when needed. The four-wheel drive system’s principal component is an electronically controlled electro-hydraulic differential on the rear axle, which ensures more driving safety in all road and weather conditions.
Engines and transmissions
The Antara is available with two gasoline and two diesel engines. The entry-level gasoline engine is the 2.4-liter, 103 kW/140 hp four-cylinder gasoline unit. Its double overhead camshafts and balance shaft with two rotating counterweights ensure rapid response and refinement. The most refined engine is the 3.2-liter gasoline V6 with 167 kW/227 hp, which produces 297 Nm of torque. The two-liter 93 kW/127 hp CDTI ECOTEC diesel engine is an alternative to the Antara’s popular 2.0 CDTI ECOTEC unit with 110 kW/150 hp. The
two-liter common-rail turbo-diesel unit produces 320 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm and has become the top-selling Antara engine. All engines are transversally mounted and coupled to a five-speed manual transmission. The one exception is the V6 engine, which comes with a newly developed five-speed automatic transmission (optional for 150 hp turbo-diesel unit) for top driving comfort. Both the four-cylinder 2.4-liter with 140 hp and the 2.0 CDTI ECOTEC with 127 hp are also available as pure front-wheel drive versions.
Opel Antara: Facts and figures
- September 2005: Three-door Antara GTC concept car presented at IAA in Frankfurt
- September 2006: Production version Antara unveiled at Paris Motor Show
- Winter 2006: Production begins at GM’s plant in South Korea
- Spring 2007: Opel Antara sales begin in Germany
- September 2007: Engine range expanded with the 2.0 CDTI with 127 hp
- December 2008: Launch of front-wheel drive versions of four-cylinder 2.4-liter (140 hp) and 2.0 CDTI ECOTEC (127 hp)
- September 2005: Antara GTC named “Concept Car of the Year” by British car magazine “Autocar”
- Antara GTC wins "Top Cars 2006 Award", chosen by 140 German, Austrian and Swiss motor journalists
- November 2006: Readers of German specialist car magazine “Auto Zeitung” name Antara best car in “Off-road vehicle up to 30,000 euros” category
- Most popular equipment variant in Germany in 2008: Cosmo
- Most popular engine in Germany in 2008: 2.0 CDTI ECOTEC (110 kW/150 hp)