Economy without Compromise: Opel Insignia ecoFLEX
· Opel ecoFLEX model range expanded
· Uncompromised driving qualities with 160 hp and 380 Nm of torque
· Class leading aerodynamics with a drag coefficient of 0.26
· Clean: Under 140 g/km in CO2 emissions
The new Insignia ecoFLEX, debuting at the Paris Motor Show (October 4 - 19), of-fers environmentally friendly driving without making any compromises. In contrast to many other competitors, it is not a low-end model, but rather combines powerful propulsion and driving fun with highest efficiency. Opel’s newest ecoFLEX model features a powerful sin-gle turbo diesel with 2.0-liter displacement and output of 118 kW/160 hp.
“We designed the Insignia as a particularly efficient car from the beginning. By making a multitude of detailed improvements to the powertrain and to the road and wind resistance factors of the ecoFLEX model, our engineers are able to minimize consumption without affecting driving fun,” says Hans Demant, Managing Director of Adam Opel GmbH. “Though we are still developing the new Insignia ecoFLEX with the 2.0 CDTI ECOTEC en-gine, we are confident it will emit CO2 gases well below 140 g/km.”
Compared to competitor’s cars with similar fuel consumption emissions, it is clear why the Opel Insignia ecoFLEX motto is economy without compromise: The efficient use of diesel fuel comes at no cost to driving performance. The Insignia ecoFLEX sprints from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of up to 218 km/h (135mph). Ensuring excellent pulling power even at low rpm, the maximum torque of 350 Nm (258 lbf ft)is available from 1750 rpm, and can be temporarily increased for 15 seconds to 380 Nm (280 lbf ft) via an ‘overboost’ function.
The new 2.0-liter common-rail four-cylinder unit uses the innovative clean tech process to ensure the lowest possible emissions are precisely maintained over its life span. This con-trols combustion via an electronic closed-loop system, adapting fuel injection to combus-tion development in real time. Piezo-resistive cylinder pressure sensors integrated in the glow plugs are used to measure combustion pressures as high as 180 bar in each individ-ual cylinder up to one million times per minute, within an accuracy of ninety-eight percent. The data is sent to the central engine control system, which accordingly adjusts the volume and timing of the fuel injections. This closed loop system ensures the engine always oper-ates with optimum efficiency and minimal exhaust emissions. Over the entire lifecycle of the Insignia, it compensates for wear factors such as inaccuracies in the fuel metering, component tolerances, varying fuel qualities and operating conditions.
The Insignia ecoFLEX is fitted with highly fuel-efficient Primacy HP tires from Michelin spe-cially developed for the car. Like all Insignia models, the new ecoFLEX variant is Euro 5 certified and will be available as a hatchback and notchback during the course of 2009. Read More...