Opel, now part of the PSA empire, is en route to the Frankfurt Motor Show with several models that have been revealed online already, but without being exhibited in the metal. The IAA star belonging to the Rüsselsheim-based marque will no doubt be the Insignia GSi, a sporty midsize model that has cousins in a couple of parts around the world: the Buick Regal GS in North America and the Holden Commodore in Australia.
Even though it’s not a full-on OPC version, the resurrected GSi badge slapped onto the Insignia’s trunk lid manages to make the car quicker than the old V6-powered Insignia OPC despite losing two cylinders. There are some very good reasons for that, with the most obvious one being the massive 160 kilograms (353 pounds) weight loss. It packs a 260-horsepower punch coming from a turbocharged four-cylinder, 2.0-liter gasoline engine generating a more than decent 400 Newton-meters (295 pound-feet) of torque. Alternatively, Opel will eventually sell you the car with a newly developed beefy diesel mill and spy shots have shown a wagon is also in the works.
Gallery: 2018 Opel / Vauxhall Grandland X
Next on Opel’s IAA list is the Grandland X, which started out in life as a Peugeot 3008 before getting a skin transplant. The compact crossover will be positioned above the Crossland X, itself derived from the Peugeot 2008. Sadly, both CUVs won’t be available with an all-wheel-drive layout, not even as an option. If you’re in the market for an AWD-equipped Opel crossover, you’ll have to get the Mokka.
From its adaptive full-LED headlights and electrically operated handsfree tailgate to Wi-Fi hotspot and a 360-degree camera, the Grandland X is brimming with the latest tech offered by Opel. It also gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration as well as the handy OnStar assistance system.
Gallery: 2018 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer and Holden Commodore Tourer
The Insignia Country Tourer is also heading to Frankfurt for the anti-SUV crowd thanks to its standard AWD with torque vectoring, jacked-up suspension, and plastic body cladding giving it a rugged exterior appearance. Closely related to the Regal TourX and the Commodore Tourer, the new Insignia version sits 20 millimeters (0.8 inches) higher than the regular wagon to better tackle bumpy roads without having to worry about scratching the lower section of the bumpers.
Last but not least, Opel has announced the Vivaro Tourer will be on display at IAA and it will be joined by an unspecified Vivaro version. A fancy Insignia customized by Opel Exclusive is going to be there as well to highlight the numerous personalization options that are being offered for the company’s flagship model.
Gallery: 2017 Opel Insignia GSi
It’s Showtime: The Opel World Premieres at the IAA
Opel at the 67th International Motor Show
- Grandland X: The dynamic SUV with lots of space
- Insignia GSi: The special sports machine for connoisseurs
- Insignia Country Tourer: Stylish off-road looks for adventurers
- Opel Exclusive: The individualists customized for personal taste
- Vivaro Tourer and more: The luxurious space shuttles from Opel
- Live at the IAA: Stand D09 in Hall 8.0, press conference on Sept 12, 9:10 - 9:25 a.m.
Rüsselsheim/Frankfurt. With the new brand credo “The future is everyone’s” Opel recently merged with PSA to create a true European champion. Visitors to the 67th International Motor Show in Frankfurt from September 14 to 24 can see first-hand what this means. A number of models with the Blitz make their world premiere at the Opel Stand D09 in Hall 8.0.
Leading the way is the new Opel Grandland X, jointly developed by Opel and PSA from a proverbial white sheet of paper. With its dynamic, adventurous silhouette, top technologies, typical SUV qualities and generous space for up to five people and their luggage, it will be a true contender in the booming SUV segment. World premiere number 2, the new Insignia GSi with an extra-sharp chassis, and number 3, the new Insignia Country Tourer, will also spark excitement. While the Insignia GSi is a real sports machine for connoisseurs, the Country Tourer will appeal to Insignia fans who prefer a stylish, practical station wagon with off-road looks. Both feature the intelligent all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring – unique in this segment. And the individualists among Opel aficionados will be delighted to hear that the exceptional personalization concept Opel Exclusive is also being introduced.
In addition, Opel will also debut the new large vans of the bestseller Vivaro at the show, including the Vivaro Tourer. They are ideal as highly versatile and comfortable passenger variants. For instance, the Vivaro Tourer with a rotating seat bench or swiveling individual seats in the second row and a folding table can be turned into a chic and practical business lounge in no time at all.
All new models will be in the spotlight at the Press Conference with Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller on Tuesday, September 12, from 9:10 to 9:25 a.m.
“The new Opel brand claim ‘The future is everyone’s’ is a promise and an obligation. We stand for that and our products stand for that. Our world premieres at the IAA show how we at Opel make innovative technologies in elegant and practical cars available for a broad audience. And with models like the new Opel Grandland X we enter new market segments and offer our customers more choice than ever before. Come visit us at the IAA and see for yourself,” is the open invitation from Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller.
Opel Grandland X: Dynamic compact SUV for booming market
Modern, dynamic lines, a cool off-road look and the elevated seating position with good all-round visibility typical of an SUV, along with a host of top technologies as well as plenty of space and comfort for up to five passengers – this is the new Opel Grandland X. The portfolio of ultra-modern assistance and comfort features for the Grandland X is first class: Automatic Cruise Control with pedestrian detection and Automatic Emergency Braking, Driver Drowsiness Alert, Advanced Park Assist and the 360° Camera are just some highlights. Opel again delivers on its commitment to leadership in lighting technology, equipping the Grandland X with bright driving light thanks to Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) LED headlamps. And the newcomer offers driving fun all year round and on every surface. This is also thanks to the optional electronic IntelliGrip traction that ensures best traction and stable handling regardless of whether the Grandland X is travelling on snow, mud, sand or wet surfaces.
AGR-certified ergonomic front seats (Campaign for Healthier Backs), heated steering wheel as well as seat heating front and rear ensure top comfort. The tailgate that opens and closes with a simple foot movement enables easy access from outside. In typical Opel fashion, Grandland X drivers and passengers enjoy top connectivity with the latest generation of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible IntelliLink systems as well as the personal connectivity and service assistant Opel OnStar including Wi-Fi Hotspot and new services such as booking hotel rooms and searching for parking.
Ideally equipped, the 4.48-meter long Grandland X and third member of the Opel X family is a true contender in the booming SUV class and will further revitalize the segment. In the compact class alone, the SUV share has increased from seven percent in 2010 to nearly 20 percent today. At the same time, the Grandland X expands the extensive Opel portfolio in the very popular compact car segment.
Opel Insignia GSi: Sharp sports machine for driving fun with foresight
Sharper, more precise, even more efficient. The new Opel Insignia GSi is a sports machine – as a limousine or station wagon – for those who like something special. A driver’s car for maximum fun on all kinds of roads. The standard FlexRide chassis with very dynamic set-up that adapts to prevailing driving style and road conditions in split seconds as well as the new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires on 20-inch alloy wheels ensure an extremely high level of grip. The intelligent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring is unique in this segment – with this technology, the new Opel Insignia GSi responds even more directly and precisely to steering commands, offers top lateral grip for maximum stability and shines with exemplary traction. The new eight-speed automatic transmission can be operated via shift-paddles at the steering wheel for an even more active driving experience. Typical of the new Insignia generation is the combination of lightweight design, low center of gravity and 2.0-liter turbo power. This results in excellent balance and a very good power-to-weight ratio, virtues that are also reflected on the stop watch. “The new Insignia GSi is clearly quicker over one lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife than the more powerful Insignia OPC of the previous generation,” concluded Director Performance Cars & Motorsport, Volker Strycek, during testing. One of the reasons is that the GSi limousine is 160 kilograms lighter than a comparable Insignia OPC 2.8 V6 Turbo. Just like a lean athlete.
Such internal values deserve a special exterior. With large chrome air-intakes at the front and its neat rear fascia with spoiler for the necessary downforce on the rear axle, the GSi’s looks perfectly match the performance. The AGR-certified, leather upholstered, integrated sports seats (specially developed for the GSi), the leather sports steering wheel and the aluminum pedals add the finishing touches.
Opel Insignia Country Tourer: Tough shell, comfortable interior
The new Opel Insignia Country Tourer rounds off the Insignia presence at the IAA. Another top variant in the Insignia family, it captivates with its own special, tough charm also thanks to its stylish appearance. The silver colored skid plate helps to pull the car down to underline the solid stance. Molded black protective cladding around the lower vehicle body and the wheel arches emphasize the rugged appearance. The rear end also delivers adventurous cues, such as a silver colored skid plate and dual exhaust bezels that reinforce the wider impression.
Those who wish to leave asphalt roads behind will welcome 20 millimeters of additional ground clearance along with the all-wheel drive with Twinster torque vectoring and the new five-link rear suspension. Powerful turbo engines ensure lively performance.
Matching the character of the rugged all-rounder, the new Insignia Country Tourer is above all extremely practical, also thanks to an optional sensor-controlled tailgate, standard roof rack as well as a wide portfolio of ultra-modern assistance systems, connectivity possibilities and comfort features.
Opel Exclusive: Make it absolutely unique
After being announced at the Geneva Motor Show in the spring, the IAA in Frankfurt does the honors and raises the curtain on the first Insignia in Opel Exclusive trim. The personalization concept now allows Insignia buyers to choose exactly the color they want. Currently 15 shades are available in addition to the regular color portfolio; in the next months Opel will offer an unlimited amount of options. A daughter’s eye color or color-coordinated to the vintage car already waiting in the garage – all these shades can in future serve as the sample for customers’ own individual paint tone. And while the normal Insignia models feature a lot of chrome, the High Gloss Black Pack gives the Exclusive model an extra sporty touch with high-gloss black Opel grille bar and window trim strips, exterior mirrors and much more. And a complementary design from a range of light alloy wheels can also be selected. The Exclusive line will also soon be expanded with an even larger selection of leather interior options and decorative design elements – resulting in unique automobiles personalized according to their owner’s taste. In addition, every Insignia ordered as an Exclusive model comes with a host of standard trim features on top: Navi 900 IntelliLink with an eight-inch color touchscreen, Solar Protect heat-absorbing glazing as well as groundbreaking IntelliLux LED® matrix light are all on board.
Opel Vivaro Tourer: Comfortable large van for business and vacation
Last but not least, the new passenger van Vivaro Tourer and another Vivaro newcomer make their premiere at the IAA. Thanks to its numerous configuration possibilities, the Vivaro is already the most popular Opel commercial vehicle. With the new, especially comfortable and versatile passenger variants, the large, multifunctional van now opens a new chapter. Always on board: first-class equipment and comfort similar to that offered by a passenger car, variable seat configurations for passengers along with innovative technologies and assistance systems up to Cruise Control with speed limiter as standard.
In the passenger cabin it’s all about taking a seat and feeling comfortable. The new Vivaro Tourer is ideal as a first-class business lounge. The second row of seats with the “Easy Entry” function can simply be spun around on its rails by 180 degrees, creating an inviting face-to-face environment. The roomy van is even more comfortable with two optional 360-degree swivel seats and folding table. Laptops and other mobile devices can easily be connected via USB ports and a 220 volt plug. LEDs in the headliner provide ample interior lighting. The Vivaro Tourer also features exclusive exterior looks accented by high-gloss black door and tailgate handles, tinted windows and 17-inch light alloy wheels.
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