Leaking earlier this week to Dutch magazine AutoWeek, Vauxhall have officially taken the wraps off their new D segment contender ahead of the British Motor Show this Summer. Sporting a dynamic design every bit as fresh as the firm's new griffin logo for 2008, the Insignia is a competitively-priced premium model raising the bar in quality, style and technology.

The brand's breadth of 'design vocabulary' expanded, says GM Europe's Vice President of Design, transfers to a coupé-like flair at the rear, while distinctive 'blade'-like flanks form a dynamic side view. Front and rear lights featuring prominently in promotional material enhance the Insignia's 'sculpted' shape. Interior innovations include a stylishly-crafted high quality cabin with ambient lighting and the latest in ergonomic seat design, enhancing both safety and comfort.

Technological advancements too good to announce prior to its British Motor Show unveiling will feature, but come in addition to enhanced active chassis system, optional all-wheel-drive, the latest generation Adaptive Forward Lighting and the prospect of an EcoFLEX engine in a future line-up.

The initial engine range has however been announced. It includes three petrol units: from a four-pot 140 PS unit to a 260 PS V6; and two 2.0-litre diesel engines, producing either 130 or 160 PS. All models will be Euro V compliant and specifiable with six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

Having had a 'signifcant' contribution in development by GM Europe's Engineering Centre in the UK, the Insignia will appropriately make its world premiere on July 22nd at London's British Motor Show.

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