With Peugeot already offering the new-generation 308 SW, it was natural for Opel to develop a similar version of the Astra sister model. The Opel Astra Sports Tourer was spotted for the first time by our spy photographers, shortly after Opel confirmed its reveal sometime in the coming months.
The estate segment might have shrunk mostly due to the SUV-craze, but several automakers continue to invest in practical long-body variants of their models. Besides the Peugeot 308 SW sibling, the Opel Astra Sports Tourer will rival the likes of the Volkswagen Golf Variant, the Skoda Octavia Combi, the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports, and the Ford Focus Wagon in the C-Segment.
Like all estate models, the Sports Tourer variant of the Astra is sharing the front half of its body with the hatchback but features a redesigned tail. This will feature a significantly longer rear overhang, a lower loading area, an integrated rear spoiler, and horizontally-arranged LED taillights resembling the hatchback. Judging from the Peugeot 308 SW, the estate will probably come with a stretched wheelbase over that of the regular hatchback model.
Inside, the Sports Tourer will get the same Pure Panel cockpit comprising a 10-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10-inch infotainment screen in the higher trim levels. Given the similarities in their design, we expect the Astra Sports Tourer to offer plenty of boot space with a capacity close to the Peugeot’s 608 lt (21.5 cubic feet), and up to 1,634 lt (57.7 cubic feet) when the rear seats are folded.
Naturally, the estate is expected to share its powertrain options with the hatchback. This means it will likely be available with the turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder petrol engine producing 108 hp (81 kW / 110 PS) or 128 hp (96 kW / 130 PS), and the 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel producing 128 hp (96 kW / 130 PS).
Power will be transmitted to the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic. The slits on the grille of the camouflaged prototype show that this specific vehicle is an ICE-powered version, as all other variants feature a glass-covered grille (Opel Vizor).
The Opel Astra Sports Tourer is also expected to be offered in two plug-in hybrid variants producing a combined 178 hp (132 kW / 180 PS) or 222 hp (166 kW / 225 PS) transmitted to the front axle through the automatic e-EAT8 gearbox. Both models will get the same 12.4 kWh lithium-ion battery allowing for 59-60 km (37 miles) of electric range. What we don’t know for sure yet is whether Opel will offer an Astra-e Sports Tourer, sharing the electric powertrain with the upcoming Astra-e hatchback.
We expect to learn more about the new model in the coming months, as Opel admitted it will be revealed shortly. The Opel Astra hatchback is already available to order with prices in Germany starting from €22,465 ($26,634) and the first deliveries scheduled for early 2022. Like its predecessor, the Astra Sports Tourer will be slightly more expensive, given the stretched body and the extra practicality.