2007 Opel Antara crossover SUV

The 2007 Opel Antara mid-size crossover SUV will be officially presented to the public during the next Motor Show in Paris this autumn. Despite sharing its guts (as well as bones, muscle tissue and probably nerves) with Korean Daewoo, the new Antara looks distinctively “Opel” not only thanks to its head lights and corporate grille, but also courtesy of those numerous details that make this crossover look like a real German car.

Notwithstanding constantly growing oil prices (or, rather, thanks to them since the new wave of crossovers seems to prey on the heavy American truck-based SUVs that take seem to be too fuel thirsty to be economically viable at this time), executives from the German Adam Opel AG expect that European crossover and SUV market will be able to swallow yet another member of the already enormous family of off-roaders that will never see the real dirt.

2007 Opel Antara crossover SUV
2007 Opel Antara

Designed for a young family with a kid and, perhaps, a dog, the new Antara will comfortably sit four adult passengers and a child. However, its luggage compartment doesn’t seem terribly spacious, so, if you plan to go on a tour of Europe with your friends, you will probably have to buy or rent a Thule roof box in order to pack the luggage, which you wife (and your buddy’s wife, too) thinks is necessary during a long trip.

From this point of view, the German car seems to be inferior to, say, the new Hyundai Santa Fe crossover SUV: in its five-seat version, the Korean competitor will offer more legroom and a lot more cargo space including a large “cellar” behind the rear seats. However, Antara offers a better looking, more comfortable interior and lots of technology features including an optional entertainment system with huge LCD screen with navigation and Bluetooth interface for your cell phone.

2007 Opel Antara crossover SUV (rear view)

Opel says that the new Antara crossover SUV will feature a unibody construction, intellectual four-wheel drive, and high ground clearance combined with compact (4.57 meters in length, 1.85 meters in width and 1.70 meters in height) dimensions.

Developed together with the Korean brand Daewoo, which is, too, a subsidiary of the American giant General Motors, the car is based on the Theta platform, which is shared by a great number of other GM’s crossovers, including Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Equinox, Saturn Vue, Suzuki XL7 and Saab 9-4X.

Initially, the 2007 Opel Antara will be unleashed with a set of three engines and two transmissions.

The most expensive model will come with a 3.2-liter V6 petrol engine, which features 224 horsepower, but churns out not particularly impressive torque of only 297 Nm (219 lb-ft.)

The engine is mated with an automatic six-speed manual gearbox with ActiveSelect function that, in two words, allows you to manually switch the box to lower or higher gears. Some people find the feature useful, however, to be frank, I have never actually used it on my own diesel-powered crossover SUV.

The next in line will be a 150 hp / 320 Nm (240 lb-ft) 2.0-liter VDCi turbo-diesel engine with common-rail system, which can be ordered width either a manual or an automatic five-speed transmission.

The cheapest trim will be equipped with 2.4-liter 141 hp / 230 Nm (170 lb-ft) Ecotec four-cylinder gasoline unit with two overhead camshafts and one balance shaft.

On the U.S. market, the car will be sold as Chevrolet Captiva and Saturn Vue.

See also: 2007 Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV

2007 Opel Antara crossover SUV (interior)

Photos: Opel

2007 Opel Antara 2.0 CDTI crossover SUV

Estimated base price (MSRP): starts from €26,850
Body Type: 5-door SUV
Layout: front engine, 4WD
Engine: 148 hp @ 4000 rpm, 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) @ 2000 rpm, 2.0-liter, inline-4
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Top Speed: 180 km/h (112 mph)
0 – 62 mph: 10.8 seconds
Fuel Economy EPA city / highway cycle mpg (l/100 km): 27 / 34.6 / 31 (8.7 / 6.8 / 7.6)
Exterior Dimensions (L/W/H/Wheelbase) mm: 4576 / 1850 / 1704 / 2707
Ground clearance: 200 mm
Track (frt/rr): 1704 / 1572
Approach Angle (degrees): 24.0
Breakover Angle (degrees): N/A
Departure Angle (degrees): 23.0
Curb to curb turning circle (feet): 40.7 (12.4 m)
Curb Weight: 1865 kg (4112 lbs)
Coefficient of Drag (Cd): N/A
Seating Capacity: 5 (2/3)
Cargo capacity: rear seat down (cu ft): N/A
Payload (max w/ occupants and cargo): N/A
Towing Capacity (max): N/A
Direct Competitors: Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Patriot, Mazda CX-7, Kia Sportage