General Motors Europe's popular compact Astra range, sold around the globe with Opel, Vauxhall, Holden and Chevrolet badging, has been upgraded for the 2002 model year.

Full-size curtain airbags, ESP, electronic climate control and Xenon headlamps are now either standard or optional, depending on equipment specifications set by national distributors.

ESP (the Electronic Stability Program) is now standard equipment on the Astra 2.2 and can be ordered as an option with the 1.8-litre, 16V engine.

The interior has been upgraded with six new upholstery fabrics and the instrument dials are restyled with yellow back-lighting. The optional Sport package has white, chrome-ringed dials and the top Elegance version has chromed black dials.

All two-door Astra models (with 'Comfort' equipment specification or higher) now have a centre rear head restraint as standard equipment.

Opel offers the Astra as a three or five-door hatchback, four-door sedan or station wagon plus the more recently introduced Coupé and Cabrio models.

Power units range from a 55 kW (75 hp), 1.2 16V petrol engine through 1.6 (62 kW/85 hp), 1.6 16V (74 kW/100 hp), 1.8 16V (92 kW/125 hp) and 2.2 16V (108 kW/147 hp) units plus a choice of three turbocharged direct-injection 16-valve diesel engines.

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