Now Opel is Previewing the All-New Insignia

Earlier today Holden provided a preview of the next-generation Commodore, now Opel is doing the same thing with its fellow E2XX platform mate, the Insignia.

Specifically, Opel “showed off” the Inisignia Grand Sport, which is slotted for its global debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. Opel says it tacked Grand Sport onto the Insignia’s name because it reflects the cars new athletic proportions and engineering.

“The name Opel Insignia Grand Sport says it all. It reflects the efficient dynamics of a Monza Concept as much as it does our pride in the magnificent Opel classics Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat,” says Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “Our future flagship represents a new dimension – elegance, lightness and sportiness blend to create an extremely attractive combination.”

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The Insignia Grand Sport will show up with a wheelbase stretched by over 3 inches–although the car is only 2.2 inches longer in total thanks to shorter overhangs front and rear– its track is less than an inch wider and the roofline is just over an inch lower. Opel’s engineers also managed to carve out 385 lbs of excess weight which should help the car live up to its new sporty stance.

While the exterior still remains in the realm of our imaginations–Opel says the Insignia will pull heavily from the 2013 Monza Concept Study– inside, the brand promises new found spaciousness and cutting-edge technology. Specifics weren’t given, but like it’s sister the Holden Commodore, expect an 8-inch configurable infotainment display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with GM’s next-generation head-up display.

Opel didn’t go into detail regarding powertrain options, but we can once again look to the Commodore for clues. As a flagship, Australians will recieve a 3.6-liter V6 hooked up to a 9-speed automatic, routing power to the ground through a twin-clutch AWD system. In addition a 2.0T diesel and 2.0T gasser will be available in FWD guise only. It’s unclear if the Insignia will mimic the Commodore’s powertrain combinations or if Opel will allow Europeans to option the four-cylinders with AWD.

Now we’re only missing the 2018 Buick Regal to complete the trifecta…

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