Opel has released an early teaser image of the upcoming Opel Astra Cabriolet. At the same time, the company has also been spotted testing a prototype version of the new drop-top.
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From the teaser image we can see the car will retain its accommodating rear seats and be based on the new sporty three-door shape. As clearly seen in these spy shots it will also feature, for the first time in a few years, a fabric soft-top roof instead of the usual metal folding design of recent models.

Although definite engine details are yet to be announced, the cabrio is likely to be available with the same range of engines as seen in the standard three-door range.

This means there will be two versions of a 200Nm 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine (88kW/103kW), as well as a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 132kW. A CDTI 2.0-litre turbodiesel 121kW/380Nm four-cylinder engine will possibly join the line-up.

The standard coupe model hasn't officially been unveiled yet, apart from the GTC revealed online two days ago.

The Astra Cabrio test mule seen here is still undergoing initial testing. With heavy camouflaging and fake plastic panels all over, you need to blend the teaser image design over this test mule to give you a bit of an idea of what the model will look like.

It's not yet official if Opel will market the car Down Under. The Opel Astra hatch has been confirmed for a launch in Australia and will reach our shores as early as next year. The Carbio would likely follow sometime down the track.

The 2013 Opel Astra Cabriolet is scheduled to go on sale in Europe mid-way through next year and will be sold as a 2013 year model.