The new Opel Grandland GSe and Opel Astra GSe, both with five doors, will shortly hit the market. Both models' top-tier iterations provide jaw-dropping performance, pinpoint suspension, and a locally emission-free, electrified plug-in hybrid powertrain that sporty-yet-responsible drivers have come to anticipate. The design is just as exciting. Both the Astra GSe and Grandland GSe, part of the new dynamic sub-brand, have unique GSe front bumpers and rear diffusers, as well as special 18-inch (Opel Astra) and 19-inch (Opel Grandland) wheels. The GSe's performance front seats are designed to bring the occupants closer to the car. An array of cutting-edge driver aid systems are also standard.
The new Opel Grandland GSe will be available for preorder in February at a starting price of $58,000; preorders for the new Opel Astra GSe will open a little later at a starting price of $47,000. (all prices are suggested retail prices, including VAT).
"The new flagship versions of both vehicles will electrify buyers, as promised by the term "Grand Sport Electric." Featuring cutting-edge innovations, they provide a unique blend of excitement and duty at the wheel. Plug-in hybrid drives, which are both powerful and emission-free in the local area, are ideal for this purpose. By releasing these variants, "we are continually implementing our vision of becoming a fully electric brand in Europe by 2028, with emotion-driven vehicles as a strength," stated Florian Huettl, CEO of Opel.
The new Opel Astra GSe is one of the most powerful vehicles in its class, with a total system output of 165 kW/225 hp (the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine produces 133 kW/180 hp, and the electric motor develops to 81.2 kW/110 hp). With those specs, you can rest assured that you'll have a sports car's acceleration and top speed. The sporty hatchback's top speed is 235 km/h (135 km/h in electric mode), and it can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds. According to the WLTP 1 cycle, the Astra GSe's 12.4 kWh lithium-ion battery allows for up to 64 kilometers of local zero-emissions driving.
New GSe-branded components offer a breakthrough in chassis integration and feedback. When it comes to the Opel Astra lineup, the GSe variants are the most agile and accurate of the bunch. A ten-millimeter drop in ride height was achieved by adjusting the suspension. Direct control of the vehicle's steering, suspension, and braking systems is achieved. KONI's Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) technology allows for situationally appropriate changing damping characteristics, resulting in precise handling without sacrificing comfort.
The brand-new Opel Grandland GSe falls under this category as well. More performance goals have been set for the sporty SUV. An electric motor powers each wheel of the Grandland GSemotor in addition to the vehicle's 1.6-liter turbocharged engine's 147 kW/200 horsepower. To a maximum of 81.2 kW (110 hp), the front axle electric motor and 83 kW (113 hp), the rear axle electric motor can generate power. As a result, the system produces a combined 221 kW (or 300 horsepower). The Grandland GSe is a fun-to-drive SUV thanks to its plug-in hybrid powertrain, which enables the permanent electric all-wheel drive to deliver class-leading grip, responsiveness, and handling off the line. With a 0-100 km/h time of 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 235 km/h (135 km/h in electric mode), the Opel Grandland GSe is just as quick as the Opel Astra GSe. With its 14.2 kWh lithium-ion battery, the Grandland GSe can go up to 63 kilometers on local roads without producing any emissions, as measured by the WLTP standard.
It's tough to ignore the Opel Vizor, which shares a platform with the new generation Opel Astra and Opel Grandland, thanks to its striking and sleek look. Both flagship editions are fully realized, expressive, and original, thanks to the GSe highlights. The all-electric Opel Manta GSe inspired the 18-inch diamond-cut black aluminum wheels on the Opel Astra GSe and the 19-inch wheels on the Opel Grandland GSe. The front GSe emblem, the rear GSe badge, and the unique diffuser in the trunk all serve the same purpose.
Both the driver and passenger can relax on AGR ergonomic seats upholstered in luxurious GSe Alcantara. Only available in the GSe trim, Opel's years of experience in the field of ergonomic seat design went into creating the sport seats. Both the driver and passenger will have their backs and spines comfortably supported, and their stability will be ensured, even during dynamic driving. You can warm up comfortably on chillier days thanks to the seats and steering wheel's heating elements.
In addition to the standard safety features found in the Grandland and Astra models, these vehicles also have a full suite of driver-aid technologies from Opel. Forward Collision Alert with Collision Emergency Braking, Pedestrian and Driver Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, Rear Cross Traffic, and Blind Spot Warning, Automatic Cruise Control, and Full Stop Function are all features of the Astra GSE's Intelli-Drive 1.0 system. An Intelli-Vision camera system with 360-degree vision and front and rear parking sensors facilitate maneuvering. A 10-inch touchscreen and 10-inch driver information display are available for the driver and passengers to use with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility (12-inch on Grandland GSe). Your compatible smartphone can be charged wirelessly via the console.
Customers hoping to purchase the Opel Astra Sports Tourer GSe station wagon will have to wait a little longer. Opel is yet to release pricing information for the sporty station wagon.