Opel may be the only Stellantis brand with a presence at the Munich Motor Show but it has brought the goods with the unveiling of the striking Experimental concept while also showcasing the 2023 Opel / Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric.
It has been roughly 10 months since Opel first premiered the new Astra Electric in both hatchback and Sports Tourer guises. However, European sales of the two models only kicked off on September 1. In Germany, the Astra Electric Sports Tourer is available from €43,490 ($46,633) while the hatchback starts at €41,990 ($45,024). For those who don’t want to buy the car, the Sports Tourer can be leased for €359 ($384) per month or €339 ($363) per month for the smaller hatchback.
While the two models have vastly different body styles, they are largely identical when you strip away the skin and are welcome additions to the growing fleet of EVs under the Stellantis umbrella.
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Providing the Opel Astra Sports Tourer Electric with its juice is a 54 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is good for 258 miles (416 km) of range, respectable given the battery pack is quite compact by current standards. Driving the car is an electric motor at the front axle with 154 hp and 199 lb-ft (270 Nm) of torque. Clearly, this isn’t a performance-focused vehicle, as also evidenced by the fact that the top speed has been limited to just 106 mph (170 km/h).
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One thing with like about the new Astra, in both hatchback and Sports Tourer guises, is that it looks largely identical to the combustion-powered models. All too often, car manufacturers try and make their EVs look ‘special’ and ‘unique’ but it doesn’t always work out. The increased size of the Sports Tourer obviously makes it the most practical of the two models. In fact, it offers 516 liters (18.2 cubic feet) of luggage space in the rear and 1,553 liters (54.8 cubic feet) with the second row of seats folded flat.