Our Auto Spies in Germany have captured photos of the 2011 Opel Astra Sports Tourer while it took its laps around the Nurburgring circuit. Inspired by the larger Insignia Sports Tourer, the Astra Estate is evidently longer than its hatchback brother which should translate to a larger, deeper boot space.
The front of the car is void of any camouflage due to the fact that the brand has decided to leave it unchanged from the previous model. The car still has its rear end covered with camouflage, but the rear light clusters look to be similar to the current Astra line-up. The only difference is the lower reflector lights look to have been relocated into the bumper instead of being underneath it.
The estate will use the same engine line-up as the five-door hatch, which means a petrol range stretching from a 1.4-liter naturally aspirated four-pot up to a 180 horsepower 1.6-liter turbo and a comprehensive diesel range that tops out with a 160HP 2.0-liter CDTi.
Check out the full story plus a video of the Astra doing its laps around the Nurburgring after the jump.
Since typically no vehicle can be revealed without some healthy competition preceding it, the 2011 Opel Astra Sports Tourer is being targeted for production as a direct answer to the Renault Clio Grand Tour and the Audi A3 Sportsback. It looks incredibly close to production which should mean a Paris Motor Show reveal at the end of September.