Opel adds automatic shifter to performance-focussed Astra

The Opel Astra GTC will soon be available with an automatic transmission.
The Opel Astra GTC will soon be available with an automatic transmission.

OPEL will offer an automatic transmission on its Astra GTC Sport model from July.

It will also feature Opel's new Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine.

The automatic variant will attract a $2000 premium over the manual price, which means it will retail for $36,990.

Opel's new 1.6-litre SIDI turbo engine has 280Nm available between 1650 and 4250 rpm and an output of 125kW of power. The German carmaker says the all-new direct injection engine offers excellent refinement and smooth power delivery for the driver and consumes on the combined cycle consumes 6.8 litres of fuel per 100km and emits 160g/km CO2.

Other changes include "sound engineering" for lower radiated noise and vibration with the new SIDI engine in the automatic Astra GTC Sport.

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