“In the same way that the Astra and Corsa have freshened up their respective sectors, the new Vauxhall Insignia has been designed to breathe fresh air into what is normally a very staid area of the market,” says Andy Gilson, Vauxhall’s Marketing Director. “Our customers will be able to enjoy premium styling, advanced technology and exceptional dynamics, but at an affordable price.”
Insignia’s saloon and hatch models will hit UK dealerships at the end of 2008 with a broad range of two diesel and three petrol engines. The Sports Tourer – due in 2009 – will bring with it two further powertrains, a 1.6-litre, 180PS petrol and a new 2.0 CDTi BiTurbo with a maximum output of 190PS. An ecoFLEX version with lower C02 emissions, but with no performance compromise, will join the line-up later next year. All powertrains will come with either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto transmission.
The FlexRide system, available on selected models, allows drivers to personalise their suspension set up at the press of a button, or if left alone will automatically adapt to different driving styles. Complementing FlexRide is Adaptive 4X4, which improves handling and stability in all conditions. Standard with both turbocharged petrol powertrains, the system uses electronically controlled hydraulic disc clutch plates to distribute torque from 0-100 per cent between the front and rear axles. On SRi models, an electronic limited slip differential which balances rear wheel torque left to right is also standard.
Front Camera System will appear as an option on Insignia soon after launch. This leading technology uses a small camera, positioned inside the car’s windscreen to read and memorise both speed warning and no-overtaking signs, the details of which are relayed back to the driver from the instrument panel. The system also incorporates a lane departure warning, alerting drivers if they unintentionally leave their lane.
Adaptive Forward Lighting. This clever system now uses nine lighting functions which automatically adapt to information relating to road profile, driving status and general visibility. Models fitted with Intelligent AFL are also equipped with LED daytime running lamps.
The new Vauxhall Insignia launches with a range of five engines, all of which meet Euro 5 emissions standards. The three petrol engines range from 140 to 260PS and two new 2.0-litre turbo-diesels are available with either 130 or 160PS. All engines are highly competitive in terms of CO2 and fuel consumption in their respective power output categories. In Spring 2009, two additional powertrains – a 180PS 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol and a BiTurbo version of the 2.0 CDTi with 190PS – will become available. An ecoFLEX version with low CO2 emissions will also join the lineup.
Apart from the auto-only 260PS V6 model, each engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, with all but the 1.8-litre petrol model being available with the optional six-speed automatic transmission. Adaptive 4×4 is standard on 260PS V6 models, and optional on 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol cars.
|Engines – Petrol
|2.8 V6 Turbo|
|Number of cylinders||4||4||6|
|Output||140PS @ 6300rpm||220PS @ 5300rpm||260PS @
|Max. torque||175Nm @
|Engines – Diesel
||2.0 CDTI||2.0 CDTI|
|Number of cylinders||4||4|
|Output (kW/hp at rpm)||130PS @
|Max. torque (Nm at rpm)||300Nm @
1750 – 2500rpm
1750 – 2500rpm
Brakes and wheels
All Insignias come as standard with disc brakes all round, ventilated at the front. The 2.0T and 2.8 V6 Turbo models also have ventilated discs at the rear. Entry level Insignias come as standard with 16-inch rims and 215/60 R 16 V tyres, while the Exclusiv gets 17-inch Structure rims with 225/55 R17 W tyres. The SE, SRi and Elite all ride on 18-inch alloys as standard, while 19-inch rims with 245/40 R19 Y tyres are optional. For the first time on a mid-size Vauxhall, 20-inch rims with 245/35 R20 Y tyres are also available as an option.
- Anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution, cornering brake control comprehensive brake assistance system, that comprises emergency brake assistance, hydraulic brake-fade assistance, brake disk cleaning and hill start assistance.
- Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
- Traction Control with engine and brake intervention (TCPlus)
- Three height-adjustable head restraints in the rear
- Three-point safety belts all around
- Belt-force limiters and pyrotechnic double belt tensioners in front
- Seatbelt warning signals in front (on all rear seats)
- ISOFIX child seat fixtures in the rear
- Comprehensive airbag system, including multi-stage front and side airbags for driver and front passenger, head curtain airbags (front and outer rear seats)
- Adaptive brake lights that warn vehicles driving behind the car if it brakes suddenly or if ABS intervenes at speeds above 20mph. All three brake lights then flash at a frequency of five hertz and continue flashing for three seconds after the car comes to a stop
- Pedal Release System (PRS)
- The latest generation active head restraints in front, which provide front occupants with highly effective protection against whiplash injuries
EQUIPMENT & RANGE
Complementing the Insignia’s Intelligent AFL and Front Camera System is a list of standard and optional equipment that allows drivers to personalise their car to a high degree across the five model range.
An all-new satellite navigation system, operated through a centrally mounted multi-function controller is available on all Insignias as a cost option. The system includes a seven-inch monitor, 3-D map view and improved scroll and zoom functions. It also incorporates a port for either iPod or MP3 USB functions. In MP3 mode, the system allows improved access to files and directories, and in iPod mode, the interface uses functions such as track and list.
Accessing these functions is easier through the Insignia’s new multi-function controller. In conjunction with the satellite navigation system, the controller uses a turn/push selection action that is located on the centre console between the front seats (in combination with an electric handbrake). This control benefits tall drivers who sit well back in their seats, and another rotary knob, operating the same functions, can also be found below the monitor.
All Insignias come with high levels of equipment as standard, including ESP, passenger airbag deactivation, automatic headlights, electric driver’s seat height adjuster and electrically adjustable four way lumbar support. Cruise control is also standard across the range, along with front, side and curtain airbags, Isofix on all 3 rear seats, and ABS.
High quality begins with the S entry level, which features chrome highlights with a real metal feel. The interior has metallic trim on the instrument panel, centre console and doors, while the charcoal fabric has a classic ‘labyrinth’ pattern. The S offers generous standard equipment, including comfort items such as manual air conditioning, a CD 300 audio system with seven speakers, power outside mirrors, split rear seat back (60:40), on-board computer, cruise control, steering wheel mounted audio controls and leather trimmed steering wheel. The S comes on 16″ steel wheels with 215/60 tyres.
The Exclusiv will be available in two seat trim colours, charcoal or beige. ‘Dune’ fabric features a pattern inspired by organic graphics in home interiors. As with the S trim, the interior again has metallic inserts on the instrument panel, centre console and doors. Specification over and above the S trim includes single zone climate control, 17″ structure wheels with 225/55 tyres, a front centre armrest with storage facility, and interior ambient lighting.
The SE is also available with a choice of interior seat trim, charcoal or beige, and comes with part leather effect seat bolsters. Standard on the SE are 18″ alloy wheels with 245/45 tyres, an electronic handbrake, rain sensitive windscreen wipers, electric rear windows, electric passenger’s seat height adjuster and electrically adjustable four way lumbar support. In addition the SE receives an audio upgrade to the CDC400 system with integral six-disc autochanger, MP3 format and DAB digital radio. Flexride is also standard on the 2.0 Turbo petrol engine.
The Elite model builds on the SE, adding full leather seat trim, available in either charcoal or beige, eight way electrically adjustable drivers seat, dual zone climate control, front and rear parking distance sensors, Intelligent Adaptive Forward Lighting, front fog lights and electrically foldable door mirrors. Flexride (Adaptive Stability Technology) is standard on the 2.0 Turbo and 2.8 V6 petrol engines, while 4X4 is also standard on the 2.8 V6 model.
The Piano Black décor in the SRi contrasts with silver highlights to create a highly modern and sporting cabin. This is enhanced by the charcoal ‘Vitesse’ fabric found on the SRi’s ergonomic sports seats, and front occupants also benefit from an extendable squab section, the angle of which can be adjusted. A perforated leather sports steering wheel, CD 300 audio and alloy covered pedals are all standard, along with 18″ alloy wheels with 245/45 tyres, single zone climate control, electric rear windows, front fog lights and a sports chassis 15mm lower than on other trim levels. Ventilated Sport Leather seats are available as an option, which includes an upgrade to dual zone climate control. FlexRide (Adaptive Stability Technology) is again standard on the 2.0 Turbo petrol engine, but is also available as an option on all other SRi engines.