New Insignia officially previewed 0
The current edition was on the large side for its class, and Opel (Vauxhall’s European counterparts) have elected to provide the new Insignia with an interior that can best be described as enormous. Evolved from the new GM style of car architecture – called E2 – the new generation will have a wheelbase longer by 9cm on the current version and the overall length has grown by over 5cm; measuring 4.9m in total.
The tracks are also wider by 1cm, and the roofline has been lowered by 3cm, this has the effect of giving the new Insignia a more forceful presence on the road. Despite being larger than the current model, the new version will be lighter by as much as 175kg due to ingenious use of lightweight material.
The top of the range model will be called Grand Sport and will have a 247bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre engine paired with a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox. Power will be sent to all wheels via a new four wheel drive system featuring torque vectoring.
The bog standard entry level editions will have a new turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol engine, which takes the place of the old 1.4-litre unit. The standard options will come with a manual gearbox; there will also be a varied range of diesels to choose from.
The official unveiling of the new Insignia will be at the Geneva Motor Show next year, with Buick offering it under the Regal nameplate and Holden as the new Commodore.