We can already smell success for Opel, even if it had only recently inked its marriage with the PSA Group. The Insignia, being one of Opel’s best selling cars of all time and having sold at least 940,000 units to date, will soon have a second-generation model out in the market.
The 2017 Insignia Grand Sport, one of the latest cars developed under General Motors, has finally started its production at the factory in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The assembly plant was updated with an investment of over €500 million ($540 million), allowing for the start of production of the sedan and wagon variants of the model.
The very first unit that was produced was a Grand Sport, painted white, and equipped with a turbodiesel 2.0-liter engine that can yield 170 horsepower. There’s a lot of pressure on this car as it has to live up to its predecessor, or better yet, prove that it is a better version of the original. It has big shoes to fill. After all, the first generation was crowned 2009 European Car of the Year.
This model looks like it has a lot of potential to be another hit though. The design and quality of this car, both the exterior and interior, have significantly improved compared to the original Insignia. Specifically, the interior has much more space than it used to - with an extra 32 mm room at hip height, 25 mm more shoulder and knee room, 8 mm more head room.
There is now a distinction between the Astra and the Insignia in terms of the cabin. The Insignia Grand Sport is built with a five-seat layout, and offers 1,450 liters of trunk space when the rear seats are folded down. The Sports Tourer, on the other hand, comes with an extra 30 liters, adding up to a total of 1,638 liters at a two-seat configuration. This is quite more what the first generation offers. In fact, it’s a 108-liter increase. But even with more space, the 2017 Insignia will also be 200 kilograms (441 pounds) lighter.
Opel has already started taking orders of the new model for a little over a month now. The regular Grand Sport and the wagon type Sports Tourer are now available for preorders. However, if you’re eyeing the Country Tourer model, you’ll have to wait until the second half of the year. Moreover, the performance level OPC will be the top model in the range.
The entry-level unit of the Insignia (with a 1.5 liter turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine in 138hp or 164hp) will be priced at €25,590, making it a more affordable option for consumers - as its rival, the Volkswagen Passat costs €1,160 more (at € 26,690). Similarly, the Insignia wagon variant is also €1,135 cheaper than a Passat Variant, with a price tag of €26,690.