Opel has unveiled the 2012 Insignia. It features updated equipment and a new turbocharged 1.4-liter ecoFLEX petrol engine.

Opel has released the first details about the 2012 Insignia.

The exterior styling remains untouched - aside from a new "Luxor" metallic paint and restyled wheels - but the model offers two new infotainment systems which are "far superior" to their predecessors as they store all their map data on SD cards for easy updating. Other changes include new "Indian Night" Nappa leather seats and an improved front camera system which has a Forward Collision Alert system which notifies the driver if they are going to crash into the car in front of them.

Under the hood, there are a number of changes for improved performance and added fuel efficiency. A turbocharged 1.4-liter ecoFLEX petrol engine replaces the old 1.8-liter unit and produces 140 PS (103 kW / 138 hp) and 200 Nm (147 lb-ft) of torque. The model also boasts a six-speed manual transmission, an engine start/stop system, power steering, an aerodynamic underbody and 17-inch wheels with low-rolling-resistance tires. Thanks to these tweaks, the car has a fuel consumption rating of 5.7 L/100km and CO2 emissions of 134 g/km (5.9 L/100km and 139 g/km for the estate). Furthermore, the engine enables the Insignia to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 10.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 205 km/h (128 mph).

On the other hand, the turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol - on all-wheel drive models - has been retuned to develop 250 PS (185 kW / 248 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque - an increase of 30 PS (22 kW / 30 hp) and 50 Nm (37 lb-ft). When connected to a six-speed manual transmission, the car runs from 0-100 km/h in 7.5 seconds and has an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). Despite the increased power, engineers were able to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by installing an engine start/stop system. As such, the model is rated at 8.4 L/100 km and 197 g/km - an improvement of 0.5 L/100km and 12 g/km.

Lastly, the front-wheel drive model with the turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol develops 220 PS (162 kW / 217 hp) and will be available with an engine start/stop system, an aerodynamic underbody and low rolling-resistance tires. Opel says this will allow the car to have a fuel consumption of 7.6 L/100km and CO2 emissions of 179 g/km - a decrease of 0.5 L/100km and 10 g/km.

Check out the press release for additional information

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