Although the next-generation Opel Insignia was previously expected to arrive in 2016, its debut has been delayed. Namely, the all-new model will bow at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Also known as the Buick Regal, Holden Commodore and Vauxhall Insignia, Opel’s top sedan has been around in its current iteration since 2008. Now, the 2018 Opel Insignia will ride on GM’s new modular architecture called E2. Compared to the outgoing model, it will grow in size considerably, offering an even more spacious cabin than before.
2018 Opel Insignia Design
The 2018 Opel Insignia will feature a wheelbase longer by 9 cm, with the overall length measuring nearly 4.9 m. Thanks to its wider (1 cm) and lower (3 cm) stance, the upcoming model will boast a more imposing appearance. Interestingly, the new Insignia will be lighter than its predecessor despite its larger dimensions. Thanks to the use of lightweight materials in its construction, Opel has managed to reduce its curb weight by 175 kg.
Design-wise, the redesigned Insignia will be greatly influenced by Opel’s 2013 Monza concept and the more recent GT concept. There will be a number of high-tech features including Matrix LED headlights as well as a new infotainment system with smartphone connectivity. The second-generation Insignia will also come replete with semi-autonomous systems and other driver assist features. In addition to the sedan version, it will also be offered as an Insignia Sports Tourer wagon. Some of the recent reports reveal that this version is slated to be sold in the U.S. as a new Buick Regal wagon.
The entry-level Insignia will be powered by a new turbocharged 1.5-liter gasoline engine that replaces the current 1.4-liter unit. Its power output is likely to top out at around 160 horsepower, similar to what this engine generates in the current Chevrolet Malibu. When it comes to diesels, the next Opel Insignia will be offered with a wide array of 2.0-liter four-bangers. The base versions are expected to produce around 170 hp, while the twin-turbo variants could be making more than 200 hp. Now, the range-topping Insignia Grand Sport will get a turbocharged 2.0-liter powertrain churning out 247 horses. Its power will be transmitted to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
With more than 800,000 units sold worldwide, the first-generation Insignia has proven itself as a worthy successor to the iconic Vectra. We expect the 2018 Opel Insignia to become an even more successful iteration despite its ever-growing competition.