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Official reveal for Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport

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Vauxhall unveils 2017 Insignia Grand Sport ahead of Geneva debut and a launch next summer.

Vauxhall hopes that its bolder, bigger and rather more hi-tech Insignia will successfully take on premium brands such as Audi, Mercedes and BMW, together with Skoda’s Superb model, when it hits UK showrooms in summer 2017. Its makers believe that delivering a more sophisticated and spacious vehicle will help to counteract the effects of aggressive finance offers relating to cars such as the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, together with the booming popularity of SUVs.

The Insignia still accounts for over 12 per cent of Vauxhall sales but the brand recognises the need to move forward. The new car takes styling cues from the Monza Concept, which was first revealed at 2013’s Frankfurt Motor Show. As part of its restyle, the new Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport gets a lower-mounted, more vertical grille and slim headlights, in addition to a ‘sweepspear’, which is a deep crease running along the side. At the back, the all-new model has a third LED brake light and split tail-lamps.

A longer wheelbase for the Grand Sport

The Insignia Grand Sport version has five-doors and a wheelbase that is 92mm longer this time around. It does have shortened overhangs, however, resulting in only a minimal increase in overall length. It has a coupe-style appearance thanks to a lower roof line and has been refined to offer a more aggressive look as a result of styling cues aimed at making it appear wider.

The increase in wheelbase length is designed to offer more cabin room at the rear and to deliver a meaningful alternative to the Superb in terms of space. Vauxhall aims to offer more room than any one of the models in the premium executive sector. To add to this, Vauxhall claims that the new Insignias offer greater headroom in the rear than that of the out-going model, despite the lowered roofline.

The vice president of design at Opel/Vauxhall, Mark Adams, says that the driver will sit ‘in’ their seat in the new Insignia, as opposed to ‘on’ it in the outgoing model. This, he adds, is a significant difference between the two cars. Lowering the driver’s seating position allowed for the changes to the roofline.

More space in the back

In the boot, there are 490 litres of space, rising to 1,450 litres when the rear split seats are folded down. These figures improve upon the space offered by a 3 series but are still less than the Superb’s 1,760-litre total or 625 litres with the seats up.

Despite its increased dimensions, the new Vauxhall Insignia weighs as much as 175kg less than the out-going model thanks to its weight saving platform. This decrease in weight combined with a revised line-up of engines should deliver improved fuel efficiency and performance, according to Vauxhall.

Most cars will have a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive, although there will be an eight-speed automatic and four-wheel drive available with some engines. The most expensive combination may be offered as standard with the 250bhp turbo petrol range-topping Insignia.

Inside the Vauxhall Insignia

The Insignia’s dashboard has been modernised with a large infotainment screen taking the place of a multitude of buttons and, according to Adams, the company has used horizontal lines in a bid to make the dash seem wider. Vauxhall’s newest IntelliLink software is a feature of the new Insignia, as is OnStar services, in addition to which are Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Buyers of the Insignia Grand Tourer estate are likely to have to wait a couple of months longer to see their chosen model in showrooms but those opting for the Insignia Grand Sport should be able to place their orders from next month. In the future, there is likely to be a raised, off-road-style version on offer.

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