New Set-up: Enhanced Agility and More Ride Comfort.

A wide range of modifications and fine-tuning measures have given the current Opel Antara greater dynamics and agility, thereby increasing driving fun and ride quality.

Feb 7, 2011

  • Optimized, completely re-tuned chassis
  • Advanced assist systems ensure high active safety

A wide range of modifications and fine-tuning measures have given the current Opel Antara greater dynamics and agility, thereby increasing driving fun and ride quality.

Changes to the front axle include optimized McPherson struts with increased spring rates, as well as a new upper strut mount, which is softer in the horizontal and vertical, but stiffer in the diagonal plane. In combination with a modified shock absorber layout and a reinforced stabilizer bar with enlarged bearings and softer guide sleeves, this ensures higher roll stiffness, more direct steering feel and improved ride comfort.

The multi-link rear suspension, with three transverse and one trailing link per side, has also been re-designed and fine-tuned. The trailing arms are now hydraulically damped for better structural isolation. Optimized strut mounts and coil springs with increased spring rates also attenuate the impact of road shocks. In combination with a reinforced stabilizer bar, a wide track (1,569 mm front, 1,576 mm rear) and a wheelbase which is long for this class of vehicle (2,707 mm), these measures guarantee improved road contact, increased driving stability and better balanced suspension comfort.

The new Antara’s speed-related rack and pinion power steering system features a modified steering gear link and a reinforced intermediate shaft with a ball guide. The resulting increased system rigidity not only gives precise feedback from the vehicle to the driver, but also requires minimal effort when maneuvering.

The elegant all-rounder’s braking system also meets the demands of high active safety and the chassis’s excellent driving dynamics. Large, ventilated disc brakes front and rear are combined with an optimized four-channel ABS and brake assist function to ensure confidence-inspiring deceleration at all times and in all road conditions.

A wide range of leading-edge assist systems further enhance active safety. They include:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including ARP (Active Rollover Protection) and CBC (Cornering Brake Control)
  • HSA (Hill Start Assist) to eliminate roll-back on gradients
  • DCS (Descent Control System), which keeps the car at a maximum crawl speed of 10 km/h by braking the front wheels without any intervention by the driver when driving down steep slopes
  • Electronic yawing moment control AOD (Active on Demand), which helps to minimize understeer or oversteer by modulating drive torque between the front and rear axles
  • TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) monitors pressure with the aid of sensors integrated in the wheels and activates an individual wheel warning in the driver display if pressure losses exceed 0.3 bar
  • EDC (Engine Drag Control) in the diesel versions increases engine torque if there is any danger of the wheels locking (triggered by high engine-speed leaps when downshifting or quickly releasing the clutch during low traction)

Standard equipment for all-wheel drive variants includes automatic vehicle-level control, which maintains a constant ground clearance when loaded or pulling a trailer.

And the Antara has a lot more to offer in terms of utility. All-wheel drive variants can tow loads of up to 2,000 kilograms (front-wheel drive: 1,500 kg) and the trailer stability program (TSP) also ensures any swaying tendencies of the car-trailer combination are recognized by a yaw sensor and effectively prevented by a reduction of engine power and controlled braking.

In addition to enhanced handling characteristics on the road, all-wheel drive Antaras also offer an impressive off-road capability. Detours on rougher terrain are facilitated by: the electronically controlled variable front/rear power distribution, a 176 mm ground clearance, a 450 mm wading depth, an overhang angle of 20 and 24 degrees front and rear, as well as a ramp angle of 18 degrees.

Depending on specification, the Antara is fitted as standard with 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels (tire format 235/65 R 17 and 235/55 R 18). A new, eye-catching 8 x 19-inch wheel is optionally available in combination with 235/50 R 19 tires.