2013 IAA: 2014 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Facelift shines in Frankfurt [Live Photos]

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 16, 2013

The 2014 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Facelift was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The facelifted Insignia features not only an appealing interior and exterior styling but also new engines that are powerful. Its front fascia has been redesigned and has a wider and lower chromed grille, new headlamps with bi-xenon lamps such as the safety lighting system AFL+ as an option, new lower front fascia inserts, new fog lamps that come with black inserts and chrome accents and new tail lamps that have slim-look reverse functions.

The sedan and hatchback variants feature tail / stop functions of the split 2-piece tail lamps that are executed as LEDs. Upgrades to the interior include a center console that has a totally new feeling of subtlety and refinement, black piano lacquer and chrome control panel significantly simplified and holds only a few buttons for the infotainment system and air conditioning.

Controlling the new infotainment system is easy with an 8-inch color display with touch operation. The touchpad, a new feature, is ergonomically positioned in the center console and comes with a new method of quickly and intuitively getting access to the infotainment system. Those who buy the new Opel Insignia can choose from three propulsion alternatives gasoline, diesel and LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas).

These deliver power that ranges from 81 kW/110 hp to 239 kW/325 hp. The new Insignia 2.0 CDT is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine that delivers 88 kW/120 hp or 103 kW/140 hp. The two variants have CO2 emissions of only 99 g/km CO2 while the Sports Tourer can emit 104 g/km of CO2).

This means that the new Insignia is in the A+ efficiency class. The four and five-door models, which are fitted with six-speed manual transmission and Start/Stop system, use 3.7 liters of fuel per 100 km in the combined cycle. Meanwhile, the Sports Tourer returns 3.9 l/100 km. Furthermore, the new diesel engine offers even more torque to 370 Nm (from 320 Nm).

The 143 kW/195 hp 2.0 BiTurbo CDTI is the most powerful diesel engine. It has two stage turbo chargers that provide an excellent torque of 400 Nm. When it comes to the gasoline engines, we learned that the 2.0 SIDI Turbo has an output of 184 kW/250 hp and 400 Nm maximum torque while the 1.6 SIDI Turbo can achieve 125 kW/170 hp and 260 Nm.

It can even reach up to 280 Nm with overboost (SIDI = Spark Ignition DirectInjection). These engines could be mated to a six-speed manual transmission and Start/Stop functionality. Aside from front-wheel-drive, the 2.0-liter SIDI Turbo is also offered with all-wheel-drive.

Those who want a more frugal car will want to consider the 103 kW/140 hp Insignia 1.4 LPG with maximum torque of 200 Nm. But it’s the Insignia LPG model that’s unmatched in efficiency class A. In the MVEG combined cycle, it returns 7.6 l/100 km (with the Sports Tourer boasting a fuel economy rating of 7.9 l/100 km. It emits 124 g/km of CO2 while the Sports Tourer variant emits 129 g/km of CO2.

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