An all-new Insignia is slated to make its debut at the 2017 Geneva motor show. Although originally developed by Opel, this model is extremely important for several other automotive names as well. Namely, it’s sold as the Holden Commodore in Australia, Buick Regal in China and the U.S., and Vauxhall Insignia in Britain. Now, the second-generation model is due to go on sale rebranded as the 2018 Opel Insignia Grand Sport. The latest iteration of this popular model will grow in size marginally, undergoing a thorough styling makeover. As for the European buyers, they can expect deliveries to start in June 2017.
Design and Features
The new five-passenger Insignia Grand Sport will ride on GM’s latest platform called Epsilon 2. Despite being slightly larger than its predecessor, it will be up to 175 kg lighter. Design-wise, the 2018 Opel Insignia Grand Sport draws inspiration from the 2013 Monza concept car. Moreover, expect the rest of Opel’s lineup to adopt the same design philosophy within the next few years. Compared to the outgoing model, its replacement boasts a much bolder and more upscale exterior styling.
The 2018 Opel Insignia Grand Sport also offers a more spacious cabin than before. As a matter of fact, its rear interior space can now match that of a Volvo V90 or Audi A6. It also gets improved connectivity options that include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a wi-fi hotspot. On top of that, expect the new Insignia to offer improved quality of the materials and a new dashboard layout.
2018 Opel Insignia Grand Sport Engine Range
The 2018 Opel Insignia Grand Sport will have only turbocharged four-cylinder units in its range. The most potent will be a 247-hp 2.0-liter that uses a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The only new powertrain will be a 1.5-liter unit, delivering 163 horsepower through a six-speed manual gearbox. Expect also the Insignia’s range to include 1.6- and 2.0-liter diesel engines with outputs exceeding 110 horsepower. Front-wheel drive will come standard, with all-wheel drive available as an option.
Competition and Pricing
With its sleek new styling, reduced curb weight and mechanical upgrades, the upcoming Insignia will be a fierce competitor. Apart from rivaling the Ford Mondeo and Skoda Superb, it might even take on the 3 Series and C-Class. As for the 2018 Opel Insignia Grand Sport price tag, precise numbers will be known closer to its public debut. Whereas the latest Buick Regal starts at $28,000, the UK-spec model is likely to begin around £23,000.