8th December 2016

News: Opel Insignia Grand Sport gets set for March

Opel’s replacement for its Insignia will make its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017.

The Opel Insignia Grand Sport is based on completely new vehicle design and promises premium motoring in the ultra competitive D-segment alongside for example, VW Passat, Ford Mondeo, Toyota Avensis, Mazda6 and Skoda Superb – no pressure.

This is a car with the potential to cause traffic whiplash, its lines and external features with the potential of magnetising passing gazes. It sits low, is sleek, with a bodyline that captures your gaze, (it’s drag co-efficient of 0.26 telling its own story), this new Insignia Grand Sport having also shed some 175kgs on its former incarnation.

I particularly like the new front grill and headlight profile, the rear double-wing LED signature and the newly designed centre high-mounted LED stop lamp, integrated into the roofline, adding to the cars premium look.

Insignia Grand Sport internal space

Assisting these very easy on the eye looks, this new Insignia Grand Sport has a wheelbase 92mm longer than its former, its length now 4,897mm, its track wider by 11mm and it sits 29mmm lower than the old Insignia. This results in the interior space allowing for 32mm more room at hip height, 25mm more shoulder and knee room, plus 8mm more headroom. Cargo space is 490, extending to 1,450 litres.

Grand Sport Features

It carries a host of features, such as all-wheel drive with torque vectoring and a new eight-speed automatic transmission, Lane Keep Assist with automated steering correction, a new head-up display and the 360° camera, AGR-certified premium seats, (these seats certified by “Aktion Gesunder Rücken,” a German campaign for healthy backs, plus front and rear seat heating and heated windshield.

The driver will sit three centimetres lower, facing a new cockpit, the frameless touchscreen of the IntelliLink system controlling many of the car's functions. Three functional zones of controls have been designed to allow quick and intuitive operations: the upper ones for the major functions of the infotainment system, the central ones for climate and heating controls, the lower ones for driver assistant controls.

Active Aluminium Hood

Insignia Grand Sport is the first Opel with an active aluminium hood, which in case of a pedestrian collision, lifts in milliseconds to increase clearance with the hard engine parts, thus improving protection considerably.

Connecting & Charging

As in other Opel’s, the latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible IntelliLink systems are on offer, allowing for smartphone integration into the vehicle’s infotainment system and for it to be charged wirelessly without the use of a cable. The connectivity and service assistant Opel OnStar is also on board, offering services ranging from Automatic Crash Response to Stolen Vehicle Assistance.

Personal Assistant

A new Personal Assistant service will be launched with the Insignia, enabling its occupants to ask OnStar advisors, for example, to select a hotel and proceed to room reservation. The 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot featured in the OnStar system allows all Insignia occupants to connect their devices to the net.

Eight-Speed Transmission

The Insignia Grand will be available with a wide range of latest generation turbocharged engines and transmissions when it is officially launched in 2107. The friction-optimised eight-speed automatic transmission is new to the line-up and will initially only be available in combination with all-wheel drive.

All-Wheel Drive

The Insignia’s new intelligent all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring is combined with an all-new, high-tech five-link rear suspension. Two electrically controlled multi-plate clutches in the all-wheel drive system replace the usual rear axle differential, providing a much more precise power transmission to each rear wheel individually, in all weathers.

Drive Modes

FlexRide chassis adapts the dampers, steering, throttle response and shift points (on automatics) independently or based on the modes ‘Standard’, ‘Sport’ or ‘Tour’ which can be selected by the driver.

Depending on the selected mode, steering and throttle response are more direct and the ESP anti-skid system intervenes earlier or later. It continuously analyses the information provided by the sensors and settings and recognises the individual driving style.

Safety systems

Opel’s second generation adaptive IntelliLux LED® matrix light, has its high-beam function now with 32 LED segments, twice as many as in the Astra and longitudinally integrated into the very slim headlamps of the Insignia, the high beam has a reach of up to 400 metres.

Driver assistance systems include: 

  • Head-up-Display: Information on speed, traffic signs, set speed of speed limiter or navigation direction is projected onto the windshield and in the driver’s direct line of sight ensuring that the eyes remain on the road.
  • 360° camera, consists of four individual cameras on each side of the car. It enables a 360-degree bird’s-eye view and thus facilitates every parking manoeuvre.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), measures the distance to the vehicle in front and adapts the speed accordingly. ACC will initiate automatic emergency braking if the distance decreases abruptly.
  • Lane Keep Assist with automated steering correction and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). Provides gentle steering wheel movements (and LDW alerts if necessary) to help drivers avoid unintentionally drifting out of their lane.
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The system uses radar sensors in the rear bumper to detect objects coming from up to 20 metres at 90 degrees from the left or right side behind the vehicle, a very useful function when reversing out of a parking spot with limited visibility.

 

Tony Toner - motoring Correspondent for BeepBeep.ie

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