2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport announced, shows up in 'official' spy shots

Article by Christian A., on November 7, 2016

Opel revealed that the 2017 Insignia Grand Sport has entered the final stage of development. While the brand continues to hide this five-door sedan from prying eyes, there is no doubt that the new model brings with it a unique greatness. Since this new model utilizes a new architecture, the proportions have been changed resulting in the new Grand Sport having an appearance that is not only more striking but sportier as well.

The track for example is now wider by 1 centimeter and when paired with the roofline being lowered by 3 centimeters, Opel’s new flagship acquires a more spirited presence. Meanwhile, even if the overhangs, for both the front and the rear, were made shorter, by making the wheelbase longer by at least 9 centimeters, the overall result is that the new Grand Sport is longer when compared to the previous version by 5.5 centimeters.

However, the athleticism of the Grand Sport is all for show and it offers some practical benefits as well. The engineering team made sure that it would not only have lower weight but be space efficient as well. Thus through the use of an optimized packaging, it made it possible for the interior to offer ample space in addition to having a wide selection of excellent technologies. In terms of weight, the use of lightweight materials resulted in the Grand Sport being lower by 175 kilograms.

For Opel, the new Grand Sport marks the beginning of a new chapter in the brand’s history when it comes to high-end models. Back in 2008, for instance, when the first Insignia was launched, it resulted in the brand starting a new period in design and development. In addition, it was welcomed warmly by the public as it was named “Car of the Year” in 2009. Currently, at least 900,000 units of the Insignia have been sold to happy customers. During the 2013 International Motor Show, Opel proceeded to reveal the Monza Concept Study, which was its way of showing what the future could be for automobiles.

This concept vehicle was efficient, sporty, and offered the best in connectivity. The brand then released the Astra and not surprisingly, it was named as “Car of the Year” in 2016. The new Insignia Grand Sport continues this tradition which the brand hopes to be a success as well. The idea behind this new model started with the most recent generation of the Astra, which belongs to the compact class.

The brand then decided to take it to a whole new level. The new model is larger on both its exterior and interior dimensions compared to the present Insignia. Thus it offers improvements in terms of comfort and roominess. Even its installed technology is on an entirely new level though it is consistent with the principle of the brand which is to offer trend-setting features while ensuring that it remains to be accessible and affordable.

Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, CEO for the Opel Group, shared that the name says it all as the Insignia Grand Sport shows the efficient dynamics previously seen in the Monza Concept and even in the classics like the Admiral, Diplomat, and Kapitan. This new flagship, he added, brings a new dimension with a combination of sportiness, lightness, and elegance. Opel said that the Insignia Grand Sport will be officially unveiled during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show to be held in March of next year.

Press Release

In Final Development Stage: The All-New Opel Insignia

The new Opel Insignia Grand Sport is currently completing its final development phase. Even though the next generation of Opel’s flagship still hides its elegance from inquisitive eyes with extensive camouflage, the five-door sedan’s new grandeur is clearly distinguishable. The Opel Insignia Grand Sport is based on a completely new architecture and has a considerably longer wheelbase (over nine centimeters longer). But thanks to markedly shorter front and rear overhangs, it is only 5.5 centimeters longer than its predecessor. The one-centimeter wider track and three-centimeter lower roofline emphasize the Insignia Grand Sport’s dashing presence. These altered proportions give the next generation of Opel’s flagship a look that is more athletic and striking than ever before. But the Insignia Grand Sport doesn’t simply look more athletic – it delivers on this sportiness too. Space efficiency and weight-savings were at the top of engineers’ specifications: by using lightweight materials, they were able to shave up to 175 kilograms off of the new model generation. Optimized packaging allows for a roomier interior and of course a great range of top technologies is on board.

“The name Opel Insignia Grand Sport says it all. It reflects the efficient dynamics of a Monza Concept as much as it does our pride in the magnificent Opel classics Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat,” says Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “Our future flagship represents a new dimension – elegance, lightness and sportiness blend to create an extremely attractive combination.”

With the new Insignia Grand Sport, the company is starting the next chapter in the history of its top-of-the-line models. In 2008, the predecessor founded a new Opel era in terms of development and design – and was a huge hit with the public: to date, over 900,000 Insignia cars have been sold and it was named “Car of the Year” in 2009. At the 2013 IAA, Opel gave a glimpse into the future of the automobile with the visionary Monza Concept Study: light, athletic, efficient and with top connectivity – this is what defines future Opel cars. The new Astra, which was promptly named “Car of the Year 2016”, follows this philosophy. With the Insignia Grand Sport, Opel now launches another potential successful model that consistently realizes these standards.

The Insignia Grand Sport consistently continues the approach, which Opel began in the compact class with the youngest Astra generation and now takes to the next level. The newcomer is slightly larger than the current Insignia on the outside but this leads to a noticeable increase in spaciousness on the inside, putting it in a higher league in terms of size, roominess and comfort. Even as innovative technologies underline the future top-of-the-line Opel model’s ambitious standards, the company remains true to its philosophy: mobility and trend-setting developments must remain affordable and accessible for a broad audience. The Insignia Grand Sport thus represents the chic alternative to considerably more expensive cars.

The official world premiere of the Opel Insignia Grand Sport takes place in March 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show.

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