Vauxhall has released the first details and pictures of the all-new Insignia, which will hit UK showrooms in mid-2017 and will be known as the Insignia Grand Sport.
The new model will be larger, more sophisticated and lighter than the outgoing car. A raft of new technology will be on offer, including an eight-speed automatic gearbox and new all-wheel drive with torque vectoring. Naturally, they’ll also be a wide range of new safety and driver assistance systems. These will include heads-up display, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and rear cross traffic alert.
The new Insignia will also feature what Vauxhall’s most sophisticated headlights yet. The new IntelliLux LED matrix light has 32 LED segments which automatically adjust to offer different light patterns, depending on the prevailing traffic situation.
Vauxhall hasn’t released any information about engine choices yet, but says that the Insignia will be launched with “a wide range of turbocharged engines and transmissions”. Expect these to include petrol turbos as well as diesels. I know from personal experience that Vauxhall can produce decent petrol turbo engines. With the mood and economic climate shifting against diesel, the petrol choices may be the engines to go for, unless you expect to do high mileages.
Drivers and passengers will be cossetted with an upgraded interior, including Vauxhall’s AGR-certified premium seats and an electrically-heated windscreen for faster clearing on frosty mornings.
Music fans should also be happy: the new Insignia will include both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible IntelliLink systems. They’ll also be a cordless charging facility for your smartphone, making it easier to avoid cable mess and flat batteries.
Full details and pricing for the new Insignia should be available in Spring 2017, after the car is launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March.