Here are the first official pictures of Opel and Vauxhall’s new Astra Sports Tourer, revealed before its world premiere at next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The Sports Tourer is the wagon version of GM Europe’s new Astra K, first seen in June, and will challenge the VW Golf Variant, Ford Focus Estate and Peugeot 308 SW in Europe.

It certainly exudes elegance with the floating chrome trim on the upper part of the window line, and reports suggest that while there’s not much change in footprint, the new Astra ST gets an extra 80 litres of cargo room, and up to 1,630 litres max with the rear seats down. With the new Astra hatch being 200 kg lighter than before, this wagon should follow suit.

From the pics, we can see that the new Astra wagon gets foot-sensing auto boot opening, Ford Kuga-style, and that the seats fold 60:40 for a flat bay that’s nicely square.

The dashboard design should be identical to the hatch’s new look cabin, and powertrain options should remain. The Golf and Focus rival gets a 1.6 litre CDTi turbodiesel with a variety of outputs that start from 95 hp; while on the petrol side, one will find a downsized 1.0 litre Ecotec turbo three-cylinder with 105 hp, and a 145 hp 1.4 litre four-pot.

More on the 2016 Opel/Vauxhall Sports Tourer when it’s out.

Opel Astra hatchback