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by Matt Brogan

Following spy pics we discovered last month, we have this morning found even more leaked pictures of the 2010 Opel (Holden) Astra.

The new images show the standard version of the hatch, as well as a sketch of the all-new wagon. The next generation Astra is expected to make its official debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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The 2010 Astra will ride on GM’s new Delta II platform and will most likely share GM’s new turbo charged 1.4-litre four cylinder engine as will be used in the Chevrolet Volt and Cruze.

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With many of the new Astra’a design cues coming from the equally impressive Opel Insignia, we can’t help but wonder if some of the technology featured in its bigger brother will also trickle in to this smaller segment such as the innovative Front Camera System.

The Front Camera System (FCS – yes another bunch of letters to remember) will not only act as a lane departure warning system, but can actually recognise roadside signs including speed limits! That should keep it busy here Down Under.

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An intriguing headlamp cluster looks like it could feature LED daytime running lights, while inside we see buttons for heated seats (visible towards the bottom of the centre stack), and a “Tour” and “Sport” switch at the top of the centre stack.

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We’ll now eargerly await Frankfurt for further details.




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