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New-generation models tend to grow significantly in size when compared to their predecessors . The upcoming Astra - bucks that trend. Yes, the seventh-generation 2016 Astra K hatchback is actually 49mm shorter and 26mm lower than the car it replaces, while also utilising a 23mm shorter wheelbase.

Yet, somehow, Vauxhall claims an increase in passenger and luggage space (with the latter climbing from 351 litres to 370 litres). A whole bunch of fresh engines will be offered in the new Astra, too, including a naturally aspirated 1.4-litre petrol unit and three turbocharged mills (one of which will be a dinky 1.0-litre three-cylinder). The range-topping Opel Astra OPC and Vauxhall Astra VXR, however, appear to be quite some time away.

The reduction of the vehicle's size and the use of lightweight materials mean the new Astra loses a considerable amount of weight, which plays a key role in improving fuel efficiency.
 

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Ever since the new Opel / Vauxhall Astra made it's debut they have continuously mentioned its weight advantage over the previous model.
Yes, it may sound a little boring, but shaving consistent weight off a car is a remarkable achievement, nonetheless.
 
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