Opel has given a first glimpse of the interior of its new Astra, due to be launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. What do you think?

Opel has given a first glimpse of the interior of its new Astra, due to be launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

The characteristic crease on the clearly-arranged centre console runs from the very front of the bonnet and right through into the interior.

It has three-dimensional instruments and a 6,5 inch monitor for the information display. An all-new infotainment system will be available, stretching from a top quality audio unit with MP3 function to a digital radio with CD quality and a six-CD changer integrated into the front panel.

There are new steering wheel remote controls with buttons and turn-press wheels similar to those on a computer mouse.

"Astra’s interior demonstrates the importance we attach to quality appearance and ease of operation when designing the interior of our cars," Vauxhall’s executive director of design, Briton Martin Smith, said.

CARtoday.com published the official pictures of the new Opel Astra (badged as Vauxhall in Britain) range in July.

Initially, five petrol and three turbo-diesel engines will be offered. The range consists of 1,4- to 2,0-litre engines with power outputs ranging from 60 kW to 150 kW.

The new powertrains are the 1,9-litre CDTI diesel and the 2,0-litre turbo petrol engines coupled as standard to a new six-speed manual transmission. Opel is also offering a five-speed manual gearbox, an automatic and Easytronic automated manual transmission.

The car features a high shoulder line, strong wedge shape, pronounced wheel arches and clear-cut window graphics. The bold face features a wide grille and three-dimensional, clear-glass headlamps.

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