The 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport, one of the newest members of the all- wheel drive set-up, is set to hit the roads this winter. Opel’s latest flagship model has yet to have its official public debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. But it seems the introduction of an all-wheel drive system will stir up excitement even more.
Having been introduced late last year, its engineers were quick enough to install a GKN Twinster AWD into the midsize sedan. Instead of placing a differential, Opel used a newly developed AWD arrangement with rear drive module and dual clutch system altogether.
Even so, the new Opel Insignia Grand Sport with all-wheel- drive is just as beautiful as its front wheel drive counterpart. At least now, you have more choices of variants to choose from. This new model is also a great alternative if you’re considering other AWD vehicles just like Ford Mondeo’s intelligent all-wheel drive as well as Volkswagen Passat’s 4MOTION technology.
Going back to the subject, the Twinster AWD impresses with its highly responsive torque vectoring control. The unit is able to send torque independently either at the rear wheels or to one wheel whenever it is necessary. This improves handling and provides better cornering especially during this time of the year.
Regardless, the Grand Sport is probably one of the safest choices of vehicle in any type of weather. The use of torque vectoring will work on any road or driving condition whether it’s icy, snowy, rainy, damp or totally dry.
According to William F. Bertagni, VP for GM’s European vehicle engineering division, since the torque vectoring transmits power to the road, the new Grand Sport’s AWD would be known for its fun-to-drive capabilities --- just like what the best AWDs in the industry have to offer.
For sporty driving, the system software is designed to deliver more torque to the outside rear wheel. That said, the Twinster AWD speeds up the rotation surrounding the vertical axis for optimum response. All the same, the Yaw damper can be adjusted from high mode or Sport Mode which is the opposite.
Expect the 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport to be out in the showrooms early this year. It may arrive soon after its official launch this coming March in Geneva. Based on some leaked photos, we’re also anticipating the arrival of Opel’s brand new wagon sooner or later and it should be more or less a Sports Tourer variant. Or maybe, an “Opel Performance Center” for the segment would be good as well. Let’s wait and see!