The second-generation Opel Insignia has been spied undergoing testing near the Arctic Circle.

Looking far more stylish than its predecessor, the model adopts a rakish windscreen and a coupe-like roofline that mimics the Audi A7.  Camouflage hides additional styling details but we can see the model will be equipped with a wide grille that is flanked by slender headlights.

The prototype's interior was heavily disguised but the car is expected to feature higher quality materials and a more upscale design.  We can also look forward to a more accommodating cabin as the Insignia is expected to be about four inches longer than its predecessor.

Opel has been tight-lipped about the upcoming model but it is slated to ride on the E2XX platform that underpins the Chevrolet Malibu.  This change is significant as it will result in massive weight saving.  Nothing is official but previous reports have suggested the model could be up to 441 pounds lighter than its predecessor.

Engine options remain unconfirmed but we can expect to see an assortment of familiar petrol and diesel units.  The Insignia is also expected to have an eight-speed automatic transmission and an optional all-wheel-drive system.

Launch timing remains unclear but some reports have indicated the Insignia could be unveiled as early as the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Gallery: Opel Insignia spied near the Arctic Circle

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