All-New 2017 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport Will Debut at Geneva Motor Show Next Year
Opel and Vauxhall give us an early look at their upcoming flagship, the Insignia Grand Sport
Based on an all-new architecture with a 90 mm (3.5 in) longer wheelbase, the Insignia Grand Sport will offer significantly more room for passengers.
However, it will retain a similar footprint to the current model — thanks to shorter front and rear overhangs it is only 55 mm (2.1 in) longer. Launching as a five-door liftback, the Insignia Grand Sport will have a 10 mm (0.4 in) wider track and 30 mm (1.2 in) lower roofline, resulting in a more dynamic appearance.
Opel claims the Insignia Grand Sport will deliver on its perceived sportiness with a lighter body (by up to 175 kg/386 lb), thanks to the use of lightweight materials. The Insignia Grand Sport will also offer a range of top technologies, although the company did not get into details.
At launch, the range-topping model will offer a 247 hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that will send power to all four wheels via a new AWD system with torque vectoring.
Lesser models will gain a new 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline unit replacing the previously-available 1.4-liter engine. Opel will offer a new manual transmission as standard as well.
Styling-wise, the Insignia Grand Sport is influenced by the Monza Concept unveiled in 2013. Since the photos released by Opel aren't explicit enough, we threw in a bunch of renderings from Christian Schulte that help us get an idea of what the Insignia Grand Sport will look like.
Illustrations: CHRISTIAN SCHULTE