Insignia is relatively new nameplate in European and other global markets, but it gets a different badge and nameplate in most of them. It can be found under Vauxhall and Holden badges in the U.K. and Australia respectively, while in China and North America, it comes as Buick Regal. 2016 Opel Insignia launches under the parent nameplate in Australia as well which deserves a full-blooded redesign.
A number of markets warrants a number of powertrains. Fist generation of Insignia had featured no less than seven distinctive engines across the globe; all of different displacements and specs.
2016 Opel Insignia is supposed to start with 2.0L turbo diesel and turbocharged petrol 4-cylinder units, while further down the line, full-size sedan is about to get additional options.
A range of transmission options is also on the cards, and most markets will come away with both automatic and manual options.
Opel Insignia 2016 Design
New design is supposed to be built around the updated Epsilon II platform. Changes will be minimal, though, even with new parts taking their place upon Insignia’s chassis.
Frontal and rear fascia are supposed to go through most extensive changes with both of them getting the new headlamps and bumper.
Insignia’s sweeping roofline makes the full-size family car somewhat different then most of its competitors.
One might say that its even a coupe look, but D-segment car certainly offers much more room at the back compared to generally smaller coupes.
Speaking about the room, 2016 Opel Insignia still fails to offer as much space around the back as most other full-size sedans do.
In terms of interior refinement, German limo positions itself somewhere in the middle of the pack. It’s nowhere close to luxury cars, but it isn’t as bare as more affordable options. Volkswagen Passat can be taken as the best comparison.
Interior of Opel Insignia
Most Insignia’s will offer soft-touch materials around the cabin, but only selected top grade models should reach that borderline luxury status which is their maximum.
Touch screen infotainment system with all corresponding additions should be offered as standard somewhere from mid-range.
Same could be said about advanced safety systems like a rearview camera, while blind-spot monitors, cross-traffic alerts and adaptive cruise control should be reserved for the top models.
Opel Insignia Engine
With downsized 4-cylinder engines, especially turbo diesels, 2016 Opel Insignia could become one of the most efficient options in its niche.
Full-size cars can be efficient; that’s no secret, but they mostly require either a solid hybrid powertrain, or Insignia’s turbo diesel engine.
2016 Opel Insignia Price
Price range for mentioned Australian market is not yet disclosed, but Passat’s range of between $35,000 and $45,000 (Australian dollars) can be expected.
Furthermore, diesel engine upgrade will likely take additional couple of thousands, and so will wagons over sedans.
2016 Opel Insignia is an interesting choice in affordable D segment. As a family sedan, it offers a range of goodies which should make the ride comfortable and fun at the same time.
Solid fuel efficiency and a few additional tech options, otherwise unavailable in similar cars, should be enough to sway some people its way.
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