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2012 Opel Astra GTC officially unveiled in Europe; Specs and Price

2012 Opel Astra GTC officially unveiled in Europe; Pre-order begins

General Motors has unveiled its brand new 2012 Opel Astra GTC, the new car will debut at the 64th International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany, in mid-September. Opel’s ever-growing Astra family will go on sale across Europe including the United Kingdom where it will be available as a Vauxhall later this year. In US it is said to be on sale under the Buick brand.

Previewed by the GTC Concept that was shown at last year’s Paris Motor Show, the three-door gains its own design, more aggressive than either the five-door or the wagon, with a sharp character line running from the door handles to the rear to complement the signature Opel sideblade on the lower portion of the door carried over from others in the lineup. According to Opel, the only elements the GTC shares with its five-door and estate.

ASTRA GTC is lowered by 15 mm while the wheelbase grows by 10 mm, from 2,685 to 2,695 mm and both tracks are wider, at 1,584 mm (+ 40 mm) in front and 1,588 mm (+ 30 mm) in the rear.

Initially, the Astra GTC will be offered with four different engine choices, each paired with a six-speed manual transmission.  A turbocharged 1.4-liter I-4 is available in either 120- or 140-hp form, while a turbocharged 1.6-liter I-4 throws down 180 hp. One diesel offering — a 165-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-diesel I-4 — is available for thrifty consumers (it’s expected to return 48 mpg on the European combined test cycle). Speed junkies will need to wait until 2012 for any additional power, as Opel says a high-performance OPC model should arrive sometime next year.

In Britain, consumers can make their order now for the Astra GTC with prices ranging from £18,495 for the 120HP Sport 1.4 Turbo to £22,430 for the 165PS SRi 2.0 CDTi. Anyway, Do you think that the new Astra GTC three-door could be a nice complement to the Verano sedan, or should GM leave the hatchback as a European exclusive?

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