The next generation Opel Insignia is featuring a slight change of name – adding Grand Sport – and those two additions apparently matter. Though we’ll have to wait for the 2017 Geneva Motor Show to get the complete picture.
The German automaker has started the teasing campaign for the flagship model some time ago and they are apparently cranking up the case – maybe we’re in for an online preview in the coming weeks. We can see in the latest teaser trailer how the company turned to the traditional testing venue when it comes to fine-tuning the high-tech suspension system – the Nürburgring Nordschleife. This is because the Insignia GS has the newest iteration of the FlexRide adaptive chassis system, which has new speed-dependent steering, while the dampers look at the road 500 times per second for adjustments according to the driver selected mode.
Using the Sport setting the steering and suspension will become firmer, the throttle response is improved and the driver also gets longer gear holds. Touring puts an emphasis on fuel economy and soft cruising while standard is… pretty much an equilibrium. It also has the ability to morph according to the inputs – for example tackling a corner faster than usual will immediately trigger a FlexRide response. The new Insignia is also 386 pounds (175 kilograms) lighter than its predecessor and the wheelbase is 3.6 inches longer (92 millimeters) – with the driver’s seating position lowered by 1.2 inches (3 centimeters).