Opel will soon send the next-generation Opel Insignia to the Land Down Under complete with a Holden badge and a new and beefier V6 engine to serve as its range topper.
Australians will be expecting the all-new Holden Commodore (the Aussie version of the next-generation Opel/Vauxhall Insignia) by early 2018 complete with its 3.6-liter V6 engine. It will be gracing the Australian outback with 308 horsepower (230 kW) and 273 lb.-ft. (370 Nm) of torque via its all-wheel drive setup with torque vectoring and nine-speed automatic transmission, a first for Holden.
The new Commodore is expected to lose weight – that is, a good 200 to 300 kilograms (440 to 661 pounds). However, with its new platform, the new Commodore will be shifting to a standard front-wheel drive setup. Also, lower versions of the Commodore will be made available complete with a front-wheel drive, turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline and diesel engine.
There are also plans of offering a liftback and wagon version of the new Commodore, both to have optional accessories such as an adaptive suspension, matrix LED headlights, and a head-up display. Moreover, the latest infotainment system with eight-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration support will also be installed into the vehicle. We’ll see how this goes in the next few months of development.
The European version on the other hand, will be officially called the “Insignia Grand Sport” and will soon make its official debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The car has been designed to be on diet thus a reduction of 175 kilos (385 lbs); the prototype which Autocar was able to test drive weighed an estimated 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs). New Insignia Grand Sport will be 55 mm (2.1 inches) longer than the outgoing model. Its wheelbase has also been stretched to a considerable amount of 92 mm (3.6 inches) which means that there will be enough legroom for backseat passengers and enough storage room (thanks to a larger trunk) for all body styles.
The Opel and Vauxhall badged European models will be bidding goodbye to its good old 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and will be welcoming a bigger 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline unit. The new engine is rated to produce power of 163 horsepower (121 kW) and 184 lb.-ft. (249 Nm) of torque. This output comes courtesy of its six-speed manual transmission. This hardware will enable the midsized Insignia Grand Sport to reach an estimated acceleration time of 8.5 seconds from 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) and an estimated top speed of 130 mph (209 kph).
For those who opt for a faster version, a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine will be offered with an output of 247 horsepower (184 kW) and will come with an all-wheel drive, eight-speed automatic transmission. There is a limited knowledge on the diesel version but what we know is that it might come with at least 110 horsepower. Also, a new beefy biturbodiesel model is rumored to make its appearance.
It’s all getting very interesting for Opel, increasing the anticipation of fans for all of its new goodies. The new Insignia will make its first impression online in December through Opel’s official website and is expected to go on sale across Europe by early 2017.