A new name for an all-new car, the Opel Insignia Grand Sport has been a long time coming and it’s almost here. Having seen numerous spy images with prototypes, we have decided to create a speculative render to try and imagine what was hiding underneath the camouflage plastered onto the test vehicles. One thing is for sure, the headlights are going to look exactly like that as the folks from Rüsselsheim have already revealed their design last month, mentioning the optional IntelliLux LED matrix lights will have a total of 32 light-emitting diodes, or twice as many than those in the Astra.
Overall, the styling is going to be a significant departure from the outgoing Insignia as Opel’s designers are going with a sharper body to lend the midsize model a more dynamic appearance in line with the aforementioned Astra. The transition towards a new generation is bringing an increased footprint as the Insignia Grand Sport will be 55 millimeters (2.1 inches) longer and its wheelbase is going to be extended by 92 mm (3.6 inches) to enable more rear legroom. In addition, the tracks have been increased by 11 mm (0.4 inches) and the car is going to be 29 mm (1.1 inches) lower than the outgoing model.
Despite growing in size, the 2017 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport will shave off as much as 175 kilograms (385 pounds) as a result of a more extensive use of lightweight materials. FlexRide adaptive chassis system will be part of the package to enable sharper handling, while underneath the hood some new engines will power Opel’s Passat rival. These include a turbocharged 1.5-liter gasoline unit with 163 horsepower (121 kilowatts) and 184 pound-feet (249 Newton-meters) and a larger 2.0-liter unit rated at 247 hp (184 kW). While the former will send its power to the front axle through a six-speed manual, the latter will be hooked up to an all-wheel-drive layout and an eight-speed automatic. Although not confirmed yet, a biturbodiesel engine is reportedly being planned.
Not only will the Insignia Grand Sport wear the Opel and Vauxhall badges, but it will also become the 2018 Holden Commodore and the 2018 Buick Regal. The official word is Opel will introduce the car in March 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show, but some say an online reveal is set for this month. The more practical Insignia Sports Tourer wagon, which has been spied as well, is likely due in the latter part of 2017 and it seems the model is headed stateside as well.