Earlier this week Dutch car magazine AutoWeek spilled the beans by publishing seven images of the all new Opel Insignia on their website but failed to supply official information. Today Opel released the official documents and images!
Opel is turning a page with the new Insignia, signalling a new era with an all new car, new name and a (although slightly) redesigned emblem, coinciding with Vauxhall's new emblem. The sedan and hatchback will make their public debuts at this summer's British International Motor Show in London.
GM Europe’s International Technical Development Center in Rüsselsheim, Germany is responsible for the design which stands out in a few ways. First the coupe-like roof line on the notchback, the new head and rearlights with Opel's new 'wing' signature and the 'blade' side contour. The new design cues continue inside with a dashboard that wraps from the instrument panel to the door, a new feature which will be applied to Opel's future models.
The headlights come with Opel's new AFL (Adaptive Forward Lighting) system, a system which allows the lights to automatically adjust its lighting in nine different ways according to the circumstances. They also feature LED daytime running lights, these LED lights use far less energy than regular lights and cut CO2 emissions from 6g/km to nearly zero.
The Opel Insignia will be available with front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. The AWD is fitted with the FlexRide mechatronic chassis system with its Adaptive Stability Technology, but is also optional for the FWD models. Seven engines will be offered at first, 4 petrol engines ranging from a 4-cylinder 115 hp unit to a 260 hp V6 and three new 2.0 liter direct-injection diesels ranging from 110 to 160 hp. A less environmentally taxing EcoFLEX version will be on offer subsequently.
“As each feature demonstrates, the Insignia is the result of our quest to develop a car that combines striking design, excellent driving dynamics and innovative technology” says Hans H. Demant, Managing Director, Adam Opel GmbH.