Opel AntaraMon, 15 May 2006 00:00:00 -0700
Opel unveiled their new SUV at the opening of the new design center in Germany last week. Taking cues from the Antara GTC concept shown in Frankfurt last year, the production version shares its platform with the Chevrolet Captiva. More premium-feeling than the Captiva, the Antara combines the concept's "stylish-body-on-rugged-base" theme with shorter overhangs than the Chevrolet, though the roofline rises to accommodate the two additional doors. Unlike most recent Opel models, the side character-line does not extend the entire length of the body, but wraps around the fender air vents, allowing more sculptural front wheelarches.
The Antara will be available with three engines from launch: a 2.4l four-cylinder petrol, a 2.0l 150PS diesel, and the range-topping 3.2l V6 that produces 224PS. The Opel Antara will make its public debut at the Paris Motor Show in September.
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