2017 Opel Insignia will arrive with IntelliLux LED headlights, boasts twice the number of LEDs in Astra

Article by Christian A., on November 11, 2016

2017 Opel Insignia model will come with 16 LEDs for each side of the headlamps. That’s about double the number of light-emitting diodes being offered in the Astra if you can just imagine. The IntelliLux LED headlamp (initially came with 8 LEDs) was introduced in the Astra K production model in the previous year. For the second generation Opel Insignia, a total of 32 diodes will be available with the latest optional matrix.

Like the Astra, the adaptive LED will self-adjust to the surroundings. That way, the light beam’s range and light distribution will suit the current traffic condition. This highly advanced lighting technology doesn’t need help when switching to different modes of traffic. It doesn’t matter when you’re out on the highway, on a country road or just cruising around town. Night-time driving will seem like a morning drive with the matrix headlamp’s latest functions. Plus, you don’t have to worry about dazzling other motorists with these bright new headlights, as it knows what to do.

The optional matrix LED was initially visualised in the Opel Monza Concept. That was almost three years ago. The 2017 Opel Insignia has better illuminating effects as it can go as far as 1,312 feet. It is more intuitive in a way that it can adjust the intensity of light coming from the high beam according to the angle of the steering wheel. This would significantly improve visibility when taking turns at the corner.

Opel’s latest execution of the Monza-inspired headlights can contain as many as 32 light emitting diodes but is more compact than ever before. Since the IntelliLux LED was well received in the Astra, the latest generation of matrix LED technology no doubt has become more powerful and more advanced.

Meanwhile, the new Insignia Grand Sport has shed up to 385 pounds of weight than the current model. It’s also longer by up to 2.1 inches. The European version will come with 163hp 1.5L engine and will be paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. There will also be a 247hp 2L engine with 8-speed automatic transmission while an All-Wheel-Drive is also expected in the latest offering.

Depending on the region, the latest generation Insignia Grand Sport model will be rebadged accordingly. Therefore, be ready to see the same type of vehicle under four different names either as a Holden Commodore, a Buick Regal, a Vauxhall or an Opel. The 2017 Geneva Motor Show will likely hold an official debut for a Vauxhall/Opel. It could happen before the end of the year.

Press Release

Next-Generation IntelliLux LED Headlights for New Opel Insignia

Opel will launch the next-generation of IntelliLux LED® lighting with the all-new Insignia in 2017. In addition to the numerous benefits of the award-winning matrix technology introduced for the first time last year on the Astra, the even more refined and sophisticated IntelliLux LED® headlights of the new Insignia feature additional functions that further improve nighttime visibility.

When Opel revealed the visionary Monza Concept at the 2013 IAA and CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann announced it showed what could be expected of Opel cars in the future, the company’s exterior lighting experts were not only enthusiastic.

They were just putting the finishes touches to the (in the meantime award-winning) adaptive IntelliLux LED®matrix headlights of the new Opel Astra, which consist of 16 LED segments – eight on each side of the vehicle – that automatically and constantly adapt the range and distribution of the light beam to every traffic situation.

As they admired the show-stopping Monza Concept, Opel’s lighting experts also wondered just how they were going to fit their innovative matrix lighting technology for the next generation Insignia into such ultra-slim headlamps.

Tailwind for Opel’s lighting experts and to the advantage of future customers of the new Insignia: LED development proceeds as fast-as-light. During the Astra’s development, LEDs had become even more compact and powerful, and Opel’s engineers used the significantly higher performance to accommodate twice as many LED segments (32) in the new Insignia’s Monza Concept-inspired headlights as in the Astra.

As a result of the smoother transitions between the higher number of LED segments, the light patterns can be more precisely adapted. The adaptive IntelliLux LED® matrix headlights of the new Insignia therefore produce a larger amount of even brighter light.

“From the Astra we know how much customers appreciate the benefits of IntelliLux LED® matrix headlights” says Ingolf Schneider, Engineering Group Manager Exterior Lighting. “Now we are bringing the even more advanced second generation of this innovative technology onto the market in the all-new Insignia, with additional new functions that further improve visibility at night.”

To improve visibility still further while driving through curves on full high beam, the engineers added a new function to the new Insignia’s IntelliLux LED® matrix headlights. The light intensity at the inner matrix segments rises according to steering angle in order to increase the illumination of the curve.

Each IntelliLux LED® headlight also features a high-beam spotlight that provides additional illumination at full high-beam for up to 400 meters, further improving the new Insignia’s long-range visibility.

Despite the futuristic DNA from the visionary Monza Concept, the adaptive IntelliLux LED® matrix headlights of the new Opel Insignia could not be simpler to operate: As soon as the car exits urban areas, the IntelliLux LED®headlights switch themselves on automatically and then constantly adapt the range and distribution of the light beam to every traffic situation, whether driving in town, on country roads, on the motorway, making a turn or taking a curve. Literally turning night into day for the new Opel Insignia – but without dazzling other road users.

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