Optional matrix LED headlights will feature 16 light-emitting diodes in each cluster.
Opel’s IntelliLux LED headlights made their debut in a production car last year on the Astra K with eight diodes on each side. That number will be doubled in 2017 when the second-generation Insignia will come out with optional matrix LED headlights featuring a total of 32 diodes. As it’s the case with the Astra, the LED elements will automatically adapt the distribution and range of the light beam depending on traffic conditions without dazzling the other traffic participants.
Originally introduced more than three years ago in the stunning Monza concept, the adaptive headlights in this latest iteration have a more powerful high beam illuminating the road up ahead for up to 400 meters (1,312 feet). The matrix headlights are also cleverer than before when the high beam is on, with the light intensity at the inner segment rising based on the steering angle as a way to boost visibility while cornering.
As a refresher, the all-new Insignia Grand Sport will be sold depending on region with four different badges: Opel, Vauxhall, Buick (Regal), and Holden (Commodore). It will debut as an Opel/Vauxhall in March 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show, but an online reveal is expected to occur before the year’s end.
A considerable weight loss of up to 175 kilograms (385 pounds) has been achieved as a result of switching to new underpinnings, even though the Insignia Grand Sport is going to be 55 mm (2.1 inches) longer than the outgoing model.
The Euro version will get a new turbocharged 1.5-liter unit with 163 horsepower (121 kilowatts) and 184 pound-feet (249 Newton-meters) of torque delivered to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. A beefier turbo 2.0-liter with 247 hp (184 kW) is also on the agenda with AWD and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The bread and butter of the range will obviously be the diesels, and there are rumors of a beefier unit with two turbos.
Following the Insignia Grand Sport’s market launch in 2017, Opel will introduce several months later the more practical wagon version, which is expected to hit stateside as well. A range-topping OPC will join the lineup probably at some point in 2019.