With the revival of the Opel GSe badge, pricing and equipment details of two new, special-order GSe models have been released for the Irish market. Offering the optimum balance between ride, comfort and performance, combined with emissions-free electric mobility, the new Opel Astra plug-in electric hybrid GSe 225hp hatchback will retail from €52,695 plus delivery-related charges, whilst the Opel Grandland GSe 300hp AWD will retail from €59,995 plus delivery. Order books are now open for both models. An Opel Astra Sports Tourer GSe model will complete the range in late 2023.
The Opel Astra GSe hatchback combines a 1.6 litre 4-cylinder petrol engine (133kW/180hp) with an electric motor (81.2kW / 110hp). With its impressive power output of 165 kW / 225hp and maximum torque of 360 Newton metres (WLTP combined fuel consumption: 1.1 - 1.2 l / 100 km, CO2 emissions 25-26 g / km), it accelerates to 100km/h in 7.5 seconds and boasts a top speed of 235km/h, or up to 135km/h in pure electric. The 12.4kWh lithium-ion battery delivers up to 64km all-electric drive on the open road, or up to 73km in the city (EAER City). The battery is fully charged in around 2 hours at a 22kW wallbox.
Standard equipment for the range-topping Astra GSe in Ireland will include 18” alloy wheels, the eye-catching Opel black pack (black roof, black badging, black lettering), black Alcantara GSe trim, AGR certified seats, heated steering wheel and seats, Pure Panel Pro cockpit, front + rear park assist with 360-degree camera, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging, lane keeping and change assist, autonomous emergency braking system (vehicle + cyclist + night), speed limit recognition, intelligent speed adaptation, extended traffic sign recognition, driver attention alert, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with stop and start, tinted side and back windows, ambient interior light and LED daytime running lamps.
Opel’s new flagship model, the Grandland GSe combines a 1.6 litre 4-cylinder petrol engine (147kW/200hp) with two electric motors (81.2kW / 110hp motor at the front axle; 83kW / 113hp at the rear) to give all-wheel drive. With its powerful output of 221 kW / 300hp and maximum torque of 520 Newton metres (WLTP combined fuel consumption: 1.2 l / 100 km, CO2 emissions 27-28 g / km), it accelerates to 100km/h in 6.1 seconds and boasts a top speed of 235km/h, or up to 135km/h in pure electric. The 14.2kWh lithium-ion battery delivers up to 63km all-electric drive on the open road, or up to 81km in the city (EAER City). The battery is fully charged in around 2 hours at a 22kW wallbox.
Standard equipment for the Grandland GSe includes 19” alloy wheels, the Opel black pack, to include a black bonnet, black Alcantara GSe trim, AGR certified seats, heated steering wheel and seats, satellite navigation, front, rear + lateral front park assist with 360-degree camera, side blind spot alert, Night Vision, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, lane keeping and change assist, enhanced traffic sign recognition, driver drowsiness alert, adaptive cruise control with stop and start, dark tinted privacy rear windows / liftgate, ambient interior light and AFL Pixel Matrix LED lighting.
James Brooks, Managing Director at Opel Ireland, said: “The new Opel Astra GSe and new Astra Sports Tourer GSe are the ideal cars for launching our dynamic new sub-brand, in full alignment with our strategy to become an all-electric brand by 2028.”
Opel has achieved high performance-oriented handling characteristics by equipping both new models with specially calibrated steering and dedicated chassis, to deliver superior stability during cornering, under braking and while driving at higher motorway speeds, to ensure even more precise handling and high comfort in equal measure. Inside both models, the sporty ambitions are highlighted by Alcantara-trimmed performance front seats, which are not only unique to the GSe, but further extend Opel’s long-standing reputation for superior seat ergonomics, thanks to their AGR certification.
The Opel GSe label was traditionally an abbreviation of Grand Sport Einspritzung (Grand Sport Injection) as on the Opel Commodore GS/E and the Opel Monza GSE. GSe is now Opel’s top-of-the-range, sporty sub-brand, standing for Grand Sport electric.