The German automaker is readily returning to its roots of being a popular mass-market automaker thanks to the refresh of its entire lineup – they are coming out with the Insignia and two crossovers will follow suit quickly.
The revival commenced with the introduction of the all-new Corsa, followed by the Astra and Mokka X small crossover. Now the flagship midsize model – the Insignia, has been granted a new denomination, adding Grand Sport. The introductions will be complete though only when the German/British brands in the group will present the Crossland and Grandland X sport utility vehicles later on. But let’s focus on the Insignia for now, which has been presented recently by the Opel and its British subsidiary Vauxhall at the same time. More importantly, the new Insignia Grand Sport is not only the flagship of the two brands, but also serves as a preview for the Buick Regal and Holden Commodore.
The Insignia will go head to head against models such as the VW Passat and Ford Mondeo and has been previewed by the exquisite 2013 Monza concept, being 175 kilograms (385 pounds) slimmer overall, as the body itself has lost around 60 kg (132 lbs). And just as a reminder, serving its flagship status, the Insignia Grand Sport is larger than its predecessor. The wheelbase has grown 92 mm (3.6 inches), the track has surged 11 mm (0.4 inches) and the roof has been dropped 29 mm (1.1 inches) for a more dynamic stance. The drag coefficient now stands at 0.26 thanks and we can see the new matrix LED headlights up front, while LEDs are also used or the taillights and third brake light. The cabin is Astra inspired – but with more leather and other premium accents, as well as better materials alongside other goodies. The driver will get perks such as infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, or a head-up display – but he or she may be very glad the position has been dropped 3 cm (1.1 inch) for added sporty feeling.
Opel and Vauxhall have cooked up a large safety menu, including rear cross traffic alert system detecting objects coming from as much as 20 meters, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking. The engine options haven’t been detailed yet, but the two brands hinted a wide family of turbocharged motors will become available, some of them linked to a new eight-speed automatic and also all-wheel drive. The latter has two electrically-controlled multi-plate clutches instead of a rear axle differential, while dynamic capabilities are being enhanced with torque vectoring capabilities and an adaptive FlexRide chassis.