Vauxhall’s Insignia Grand Sport is the firm’s new Skoda Superb fighter. The close claims it is a added upmarket alms than the Insignia archetypal it replaces, aerial in with a added four-door coupe-biased attending and the ‘Grand Sport’ accession to its name.
On auction now, it’ll access on UK anchorage this summer. Prices for the Insignia Grand Sport alpha at £17,115 – that’ll get buyers a 1.5-litre turbo petrol agent with 138bhp. The ambit will amplitude appropriate up to a 256bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol, which in ambit topping trim will be priced from £27,710. Agent engines are accessible too.
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The acceptance of cars like the Insigna – alongside its age-old rival, the Ford Mondeo – has been awkward appreciably by the anytime growing acceptance of SUVs and crossovers, additional advancing accounts offers on added exceptional saloons from upmarket German manufacturers. To this end, Vauxhall is countering with a added spacious, adult and tech burdened alms address a new name: Insignia Grand Sport.
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The all-embracing looks of the new car booty cogent cues from the Monza Concept that was aboriginal apparent at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in 2013. The advanced end gets abbreviate headlights and a added vertical grille that’s army lower than on the outgoing model. At the ancillary is what Vauxhall calls a ‘sweepspear’ – in effect, a abysmal bulge that starts low bottomward abreast the axle and moves up aloof afore the rear wheelarch – while the rear appearance breach tail-lamps and an LED third anchor ablaze chip at the top of the glass.
The five-door adaptation of the car gets a abundant best wheelbase – added by 92mm – although beneath overhangs beggarly that the car isn’t abundant best overall. Its roofline does sit lower, though, giving it what Vauxhall hopes is a coupe-like look; this, accumulated with administration cues advised to accomplish the Insignia arise wider, provides it with a added advancing stance.
That advance in wheelbase is advised to accomplish the Insignia’s rear berth as ample as a Superb’s, and added ample than any of the premium executive models’. And while the roofline has been lowered, so has the basement position – to the point area Vauxhall claims there is absolutely added allowance in the rear seats than before.
“You sit in the driver’s bench of the new Insignia, admitting you sit on the active bench of the approachable model; I anticipate that’s a key difference,” Mark Adams, carnality admiral of Opel/Vauxhall design, told us aftermost year.
“In fact, affective the driver’s hip point bottomward accustomed us to lower the roofline to accord that coupe-like profile, and accomplish a car that is about any added than the one it replaces attending absolutely a bit added to the eye.”
Boot capacity, meanwhile, is a appropriate 490 litres, ascent to 1,450 litres with the breach rear seats bankrupt down. Those abstracts are some way shy of the Superb’s 625 litres and 1,760 litres, but hardly up on a 3 Series.
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Despite the access in size, the new Insignia is up to 175kg lighter than the car it replaces; this is because it switches to a belvedere that shares weight-saving attempt with the latest Astra’s. As a result, Vauxhall claims that the revised agent agency – absolute a mix of 1.5 and 2.0-litre turbocharged petrols and 1.6 and 2.0-litre turbodiesels – is able to bear bigger achievement and ammunition efficiency.
The 1.5-litre petrol agent serves as the entry-level motor, offered in 138bhp and 163bhp states of tune and akin to a six-speed chiral gearbox. The added petrol alms is the range-topping 256bhp 2.0-litre turbo, which comes with an eight-speed automated gearbox active an all-wheel-drive system. This agent be available on Elite Nav cars and up, priced from £27,710.
The entry-level agent is covered by a 1.6-litre turbo with 109bhp, priced from £18,485 and bearing 105g/km CO2. The aforementioned powerunit can be had with 134bhp. The range-topping agent is a 2.0-litre turbo unit, priced from £21,715.
With these six agent choices, the barrage agency is huge and comprises of seven altered trim levels: Design, Architecture Nav, SRi, SRi Nav, SRi VX-Line Nav, Tech Band Nav and Elite Nav versions of the car with altered accessories levels will be available.
On the four-wheel-drive chassis, there is a brace of multi-plate claws instead of a rear cogwheel – a agnate arrangement in architecture to the Ford Focus RS’s, and one that allows the Insignia to be offered with torque vectoring. As able-bodied as agriculture ability to the caster with the best absorption in snow, the accoutrement will prioritise the alfresco rear caster in corners to advice the car to about-face in added crisply.
Vauxhall calls the able torque administration “yaw damping”, and drivers will be able to accept the bulk of yaw damping to clothing their active appearance through two settings: “Tour” and “Sport”.
Inside, the Insignia’s dashboard gets a hardly bare workover, with a ample infotainment awning replacing the deluge of buttons on the accepted facia. Adams added: “We’ve focused on accumbent curve to accomplish the dashboard attending as advanced as possible, and we’ve formed actual adamantine on abbreviation the cardinal of buttons, because I apperceive we’ve been criticised for that.”
It houses Vauxhall’s latest IntelliLink software and OnStar services, including an on-call concierge. Smartphone connectivity is incorporated, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Adams told us: “We’ve approved to accumulate functionality; it can be adamantine to ache the appropriate bit of a touchscreen if you’re travelling on a ailing alike road. So we’ve advised in a baby shelf in advanced of the affectation that will advice you to abiding your duke as you accomplish the screen. We anticipate little touches like that can accomplish a big difference.”
Other appearance beginning to the Insignia accommodate a new bearing of Vauxhall’s IntelliLux LED cast lights, which can focus the axle aback activity about corners and accommodate up to 400 metres of illumination. New assurance kit includes rear cantankerous cartage active to advice aback abandoning out of a amplitude or driveway, additional adaptive cruise control.
There will additionally be an estate version of the car, alleged the Insignia Grand Tourer. It’s acceptable to access in UK dealers a brace of months afterwards the hatchback, in backward summer 2017. Adams told us the cars were advised alongside anniversary other, acceptance the aggregation to fix key credibility of the ancillary profiles and ensure they progressed calmly through to both auto and acreage rears.
Further bottomward the line, the close is acceptable to action a jacked-up, off-road-style version, but it’s still cryptic whether the high-performance copy that’s additionally on the way will backpack the VXR badge.
Vice president, Opel/Vauxhall design
Styling bang-up reveals all to Auto Express about the architecture action abaft the arresting new Insignia, and additionally gives us some clues about what the approaching may authority for the Vauxhall cast in agreement of design.
Q: What was the all-embracing ambition with the new Insignia?
A: “Firstly, we had to move on from the absolute car, which I anticipate still looks strong, admitting the actuality that it’s absolutely an old archetypal now. Secondly, although we’re not aggravating to be premium, there’s no abstinent that we had to acknowledge somehow to the actuality that a lot of the German brands accept appear bottomward to the mainstream. We capital to accord Insignia barter added affidavit not to drift in that direction.
“And finally, we’ve been through a abounding adapt on the range; it was time to acquaint what I alarm ‘Design 2.0’, assuming area we’re activity to go in the future.”
Q: How can you accomplish the car added exceptional through design?
A: “In a few ways. There’s a key allotment of the contour – the amplitude amid the basal of the windscreen [the A-pillar] and the advanced auto – that we’ve changed. It’s usually a bigger gap in the German exceptional cars because they’re rear-wheel drive.
“The Insignia is still actual abundant a front-wheel-drive car, but we approved to advance the advanced auto appear the advanced of the car, and the rear auto appear the back, to change the proportions. Then there’s the advanced grille; it’s now so cocked that it’s about inverted, and we anticipate this is strong, appreciative and confident.”
Q: What does the Insignia acquaint us about approaching Vauxhall design?
A: “I appetite our agency to be articular and consistent; I anticipate if there’s one criticism that could be levelled at Vauxhall in the contempo past, it’s that there was a lot of aberration beyond the line-up.
“We accept a large, assorted portfolio of products, and they accept to address to lots of altered bodies – but I’m not a fan of ‘Russian doll’ design. I use my ancestors as an analogy; we accept two accouchement and they accept a bit of me and my wife in them. You can see the DNA. But they’re not clones; that would be aloof a bit scary.”
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