The Opel Antara is entering the 2011 model year with a revised powertrain line-up, exterior styling, and interior updates. Sales will begin at the end of the year.
On the exterior the new Antara gets new, front grill with bold logo, redesigned fog lights together with chrome bezels and a well-blended pedestrian protection, modified rear lights and optional 19-inch light-metal wheels. On the interior it gets a new center console with extra storage solutions, new materials and added interior and exterior colors, an optimized instrument graphic and effective interior lighting.
The engine line-up includes a newly-developed 2.2 CDTI Turbo diesel offered in two versions: 163 HP and 184 HP. A 2.4 liter, four-cylinder engine with 170 HP will also be available. All engines are offered in in front-wheel or all-wheel drive and comes as manual or automatic six-gear transmission. The model also gets a re-worked chassis that offers dynamic handling and excellent traveling comfort.
In Europe, General Motors sells the Chevrolet Captiva and the Opel Antara twins. Both of them received some customization from the Germans at Lexmaul Tuning. With the help of a new ECU software, the 150 hp diesel engine has been boosted to 180 hp, while the top speed has been limited to 145 mph due to the safety reasons.
This car is also sold in the United States as the Saturn Vue, which means the exterior set of new side sills and a front lip spoiler may be something that will fit stateside. Lexmaul offers the new kit at a price of $ 1,168 and a two years of warranty.
With its forward-looking four-wheel engineering and a compact exterior, Opel now offers its customers the Antara, a compact sports SUV. Fans of custom styling can also enjoy a dynamic new bodywork package and a range of high quality accessories for the vehicle interior, supplied by Irmscher, the car customisation specialists, in time for the launch of the new series. Irmscher has equipped the model with 20" Evo Star wheels, a 30mm lower chassis, and quadruple stainless-steel exhaust (...) More
Following the enthusiastic reaction to the Antara GTC crossover concept car at the IAA 2005, Opel launches this year the five-door production version of the new Antara. “With the new Antara, we are entering one of the fastest-growing segments in Europe. It is a technically sophisticated vehicle with a unibody construction which combines dynamic design with intelligent four-wheel drive, high levels of functionality and a higher seat position - tailor-made for a growing customer base,” says Opel Managing Director, Hans Demant. The total share of the combined SUV and crossover market in Europe has doubled since 1998, from three to six percent, with continued growth expected.