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2017 Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport name confirmed

By raccars Published


A more spacious 2017 Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport is due for an official reveal in December.

Vauxhall has confirmed the Insignia Grand Sport title for its next-gen hatchback which is set to go on sale next year. The hatchback will have a team mate in the form of an Insignia Sports Tourer estate and there is also the potential for a more rugged version which may be called the Country Tourer to be released at a later date.

The 2017 Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport will not make its formal debut until December but speculation is rife that it will have a chassis set-up which is designed for rather more eager handling than before. And it is certain that it will be larger, more efficient and lighter than the current car. The most significant change is the loss of around 150kg in weight and a slight lengthening of the wheelbase.

A global Vauxhall Insignia

The next-generation Insignia will be a global vehicle, according to its manufacturers, and it will be sold across Europe, China and the US under the Vauxhall, Buick and Opel badges. It is believed that Vauxhall is going for an evolutionary look with the new Insignia Grand Sport. It is thought that the styling changes will only be minor, with the aim of simply bringing the car into line with other cars in the Vauxhall range.

Versions of the car have been spotted out and about, although they have been covered with cladding to hide most of the styling changes. It has become apparent, however, that the new Insignia is sporting a transformed swooping roofline which is wider and higher at the back than that of the current model.

More user friendly?

Taller doors will ensure that it is easier than ever to get into the rear cabin in the new Vauxhall Insignia and there should be increased rear space. The second-generation Vauxhall Insignia should also benefit from a more user-friendly and larger boot; albeit not quite as practical as its estate sibling, the Sports Tourer.

The Insignia will have a newly-designed tailgate with revamped tail-lights. This will allow the boot to become taller, wider and deeper. The capacity looks set to be 565 litres which is the same as the Skoda Superb, although this could hit 600 litres.

Engines and transmission

The new Insignia uses GM’s Epsilon 2 architecture with some updates and its European launch will see the debut of a new 1.6 CDTi diesel engine. This will replace the current 2.0-litre CDTi engine. It is believed that General Motors is going to aim for refinement with the objective of achieving best-in-class for the Inisgnias with diesel engines. The new 1.6 diesel will have a variety of outputs, ranging from 136bhp up to 170bhp.

The current Insignia can already come with the 1.6-litre SIDI GM turbocharged petrol engine offering 168bhp and this engine will feature in the new line-up, alongside a pair of lower-powered units. The latest model will also be available with a new, economic eight-speed auto gearbox. This is expected to boost fuel economy by about three per cent in comparison with a six-speed manual choice.

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer spotted

In October, the Sports Tourer was spotted being tested ahead of its 2017 launch. It is expected that the more practical estate will cost £2,000 more than its four-door sibling.

As expected, the Sports Tourer’s changes are evident at the back with what appears to be a lower roofline. It is believed, however, that its extended rear end might just hide a best-in-class size boot, helped by the fact that the new Insignia could be as much as 150mm longer than before.

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