Opel just revealed the second generation of its flagship, Insignia Grand Sport. Yes, the large car is coming up with a new name. The German carmaker likely wants to show its sporty value besides luxury design. Just like its predecessor, the new Insignia is a global sedan where will be sold in Europe Union as a Opel, United Kingdom as a Vauxhall, in Australia as a Holden, and USA as a Buick Regal (I hope there will be a new design instead of just add waterfall grille).
For the exterior design, Opel’s designers took the inspiration from Monza Concept that made its world premiere at 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The boomerang-shaped LED Daytime Running Lights is the same as the concept car and likely it will be an Opel’s latest identity because it has appeared in latest Mokka X. Other Monza’s design cues that is adopted to latest Insignia are chromed wings on the grille and three sculpted lines on the engine hood. Interestingly, the headlights bring a new technology called IntelliLux LED that is claimed its high beam can reach up to 400 meters.
At side, the company adds two sculpted lines. The first flowing from front door, through the door handle, and end at the C-pillar. Meanwhile the second line is start from A-pillar and end at the rear door with a graphic-style line. And at the rear, we still see the boomerang-shaped LED taillights combined with turn signal and reverse lights and the result is a nice rear lamps.
In the interior, Opel offers ergonomic premium front seats that feature electric side bolster setting, massage, memory, and ventilation functions. And for rear passengers, the carmaker provides two seats with heating feature. For the entertainment, the Insignia Grand Sport supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which compatibles with IntelliLink System.
Moreover, there are intelligent all-wheel drive system, which features two electrically controlled multi-plate clutches that replace the rear axle differential, enabling for the first time the torque vectoring feature. The revised FlexRide chassis offers three driving modes: Standard, Sport and Tour with a new Drive Mode Control option to adapt the car continuously to the driving style by analyzing the information provided by the sensors and settings of the car.
Unfortunately, Opel hasn’t announced about its engine line-up. The automaker only said that it will offer wide range of turbocharged engines and will be mated to 8-speed automatic gearbox. I expect to see variety of gasoline and diesel engines with a petrol 2.0 liter turbo producing 247 hp as a flagship before the OPC version arrive. And also the manual transmission will be offered later.
2017 Opel Insignia will make its debut at 2017 Geneva Motor Show next March. Meanwhile its sibling from America, 2018 Buick Regal is reported to make its world premiere at 2017 Detroit Auto Show and will go on sale in the summer 2017.
Text: Andhika Pradityo