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New flagship GSi model unveiled as Vauxhall revamps Insignia saloon

Opel Insignia
Opel Insignia
Opel Insignia
Opel Insignia

By Paul Connolly

Vauxhall has unveiled its updated 2020 Insignia range, with four new engines and a new flagship GSi model.

Unveiled at the Brussels Motor Show, the new Insignia range goes on sale next month boasting a sleeker design, new technology, improved fuel efficiency and low-friction gearboxes for improved transmission.

The new cars go on sale next month, with prices likely to be similar the current range, which starts from £20,045 for an entry-level Design trim.


The attention-grabbert is the new GSi which features 227bhp, adjustable suspension with adaptive dampers, and sporty Twinster four-wheel drive with torque vectoring for better cornering.

The new nine-speed automatic transmission can be operated by the paddles on the steering wheel. The driver can choose between four driving modes: ‘Standard’, ‘Tour’, ‘Sport’ and – exclusively for the GSi – ‘Competition’.

The powerful Brembo four-piston brakes with red calipers and the direct steering have also been further improved.

The Insignia GSi comes as standard with mechatronic FlexRide suspension, which adapts shock absorbers and steering in fractions of a second.

Opel Insignia

Across the range, Vauxhall says the new Insignia consumes up to 18% less fuel than the outgoing models, and one model offers CO2 emissions as low as 100g/km thanks to innovations like low-friction gearboxes and cylinder deactivation.

The new Insignia engine range features three- and four-cylinder units, beginning with a 1.4-litre (145hp) petrol engine and a 1.5-litre (122hp) diesel. The entry-level petrol returns 45.6 mpg, according to Vauxhall.

The three-cylinder engines are up to 50kg lighter than their predecessors in the outgoing model.

Opel Insignia

Above these are two 2.0-litre petrol engines with 200hp and 230hp, as well as a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel, which will be introduced later this year. The most economical diesel engine will officially return 55.6mpg.

The 2.0-litre petrol units are also the first Vauxhall engines with cylinder deactivation. Unless the driver needs a lot of power, the variable camshaft control deactivates two cylinders, significantly reducing fuel consumption.

Insignia customers have the choice of an economical six-speed manual gearbox or an eight or nine-speed automatic.

Vauxhall has increased safety and driver assists for the new range. It now comes with tech like lane-keeping assist traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.

Assist levels depend on trim, but there some nice touches including a rear-view camera with behind cross-traffic alert to warn of approaching pedestrians or vehicles up to 20m away when reversing. Forward collision with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian is also available.

Opel Insignia

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both available across the range, and wireless smartphone charging is an option.

Higher trim levels get an eight-inch infotainment instead of the standard seven-inch unit.

The bigger screen features a number of Connected Navigation services including real-time traffic information, online map updates and predictive navigation for route planning.

An optional E-Call system can be specified for Insignia orders, automatically sending an emergency call if the seatbelt tensioners or airbags are deployed.

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