Opel Antara (2007)
Opel again sends a clear signal in the SUV segment with the Opel Antara, which combines dynamic, elegant design with robust four-wheel drive as standard. The technologically sophisticated compact five-seat crossover boasts the handling of a passenger car, generous interior space despite compact exterior dimensions, high levels of functionality, a raised seat position and innovative transport features such as the "Flex-Fix" carrier system, which pulls out from the rear bumper. The interior echoes the style and elegance of a top-of-the-line sedan, and with its electronically networked chassis, precise speed-dependant power steering and active four-wheel drive, the Opel Antara is at home in the city or off-road.
Design and Packaging
At first glance, the Opel Antara's distinctive design character is emphasized by an attractive contrast. While the car's lower section clearly displays the new crossover's robustness, the body's striking lines and taut surfaces unite stylish elegance with a sporty, athletic look first seen on the Opel Antara GTC Concept. Typical Opel style details include the crease on the hood and the grille accentuated by the wide chrome bar with large Opel logo. With its compact dimensions (length x width x height: 4576 x 1850 x 1704 mm) the crossover takes up no more space than a mid-size passenger car.
The interior is reminiscent of the style and elegance of a luxury sedan. Sporty, contoured seats and center console with Central Info Display (CID) dominate the driver-oriented cockpit. Eye-catching interior features include three large round air vents on the center console and a distinctively shaped handbrake grip. With its elevated seating position, spaciousness and large glazed surfaces, the Opel Antara conveys a casual, easy-going lifestyle. The trunk has a transport volume of up to 1420 liters.
The Opel Antara's stiff bodyshell protects the safety cell for passengers: side, cross and front wheel carriers distribute impact forces along a total of three load paths in the event of a frontal collision. The doors, which are reinforced in the central and upper areas, also serve as side impact protection, as do the especially stable B-pillars produced from tailored blanks. Impact energy is also absorbed by the crashboxes in the front and rear body frame.
The Opel Antara's extensive standard safety package includes front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger, head curtain airbags for the front and outer rear seat passengers, height-adjustable three-point seat belts and head restraints for all five seats. The front seats feature seat belt pre-tensioners, belt-force limiters and the seat belt warning system, while the rear bench seat has ISOFIX child seat mountings.
Equipment and extras
Opel offers the Opel Antara in three extensively equipped model lines. Highlights include:
- Antara - Fog lamps and halogen headlamps, door-to-door lighting, radio remote control central locking, height-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support, driver and front passenger comfort seats, reading light, three-spoke height and reach-adjustable steering wheel, air conditioning, power heated exterior mirrors, chrome window frames and interior door handles, stereo CD-Radio CD 30 MP3 with steering wheel remote control and Board Info Display (BID), front and rear power windows, collapsible rear bench seat back split 60:40, 12V power supply in trunk, storage compartment under front passenger seat, sunglasses holder, nets on center console and back of front seats, front and rear beverage holders
- Antara Edition (in addition to Antara) - 17-inch light alloy wheels in five-spoke design, leather steering wheel and gearshift knob, Electronic Climate Control (ECC), heated front seats, Automatic Lighting Control (ALC), Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), center armrest
- Antara Cosmo (in addition to Antara Edition) - 18-inch light alloy wheels, fabric/leather upholstery, onboard computer, cruise control, front and rear Park Pilot, windshield with heat-absorbing glazing, dark tinted, heat-absorbing glazing in the rear, rain sensor, chrome exterior door handles, door sills and tailpipe
The range of optional extras includes trailer coupling, transparent power slide/tilt sunroof and power driver seat adjustment in combination with the Cosmo package, as well as stationary heating. An innovation in the SUV segment is the integrated rear carrier system "Flex-Fix", which stows away into the rear bumper, can be easily pulled out when needed and carries up to two bicycles.
Chassis and active safety
With its agile handling, precise speed-dependant power steering, firm, electronically networked chassis and active four-wheel drive, the Opel Antara is designed primarily as a road car with off-road capabilities. Thanks to the CAN Bus networking of ABS, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Active Rollover Protection (ARP), Traction Control (TC), Descent Control System (DCS) and electronically controlled four-wheel drive, the compact SUV offers an extraordinary combination of dynamics and comfort. The active four-wheel drive system ITCC (Intelligent Torque Controlled Coupling) is fitted as standard and combines the benefits of pure front-wheel drive − such as low fuel consumption and virtually effortless maneuvering − with those of four-wheel drive. While the Opel Antara is a front-wheel drive car under normal conditions, propulsion power can be quickly and seamlessly distributed between the front and rear axle at a ratio of up to 50:50 when needed. The four-wheel drive system's principal component is an electronically controlled electro-hydraulic differential on the rear axle, which ensures more driving safety in all road and weather conditions.
Engines and transmissions
The Opel Antara is available with two gasoline and two diesel engines. The entry-level gasoline engine is the 2.4-liter, 103 kW/140 hp four-cylinder gasoline unit. Its double overhead camshafts and balance shaft with two rotating counterweights ensure rapid response and refinement. The most refined engine is the 3.2-liter gasoline V6 with 167 kW/227 hp, which produces 297 Nm of torque. The two-liter 93 kW/127 hp CDTI ECOTEC diesel engine is an alternative to the Antara's popular 2.0 CDTI ECOTEC unit with 110 kW/150 hp. The two-liter common-rail turbo-diesel unit produces 320 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm and has become the top-selling Opel Antara engine. All engines are transversally mounted and coupled to a five-speed manual transmission. The one exception is the V6 engine, which comes with a newly developed five-speed automatic transmission (optional for 150 hp turbo-diesel unit) for top driving comfort.