Insignia replacement looks smart and sleek
Here’s our first peek at the new Insignia Grand Sport – Vauxhall’s Insignia replacement that is set to arrive in company car parks from next summer.
The British brand’s newcomer is all-new, and it stays true to Vauxhall’s recent refreshed design language with its sleek, sharp-suited styling. Inspired by the 2013 Monza concept, the Insignia Grand Sport will target the Skoda Superb and Ford Mondeo – class-leading models which the current Insignia has traditionally lagged behind in the sales charts.
An increase in both overall length and wheelbase results in a significantly larger cabin than at present, while widespread use of lightweight materials mean the Insignia Grand Sport will be around 10% lighter. As a result, efficiency will be boosted – although exact engines, along with economy and emissions figures, have yet to be revealed. We’re anticipating a big-selling 1.6-litre turbodiesel, plus 163bhp 1.5 and 247bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrols – the latter with four-wheel drive and an eight-speed auto box.
Inside, the appealing cabin features a large, tablet-style infotainment screen, fewer controls than at present, neat electronic instruments and a simplified steering wheel. Smartphone-pairing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available. A lower and more adjustable driving position will please even hardened long-distance company drivers, while rear space has been significantly increased to nearly Skoda Superb levels, too.
Additional optional kit includes full LED headlights, a range of active safety aids and Vauxhall’s OnStar online concierge service, which allows multiple devices to be hooked into the car’s wifi system.
The Insignia Grand Sport will debut at March’s Geneva Motor Show and arrive in the UK in summer 2017.