Opel is getting ready to launch its second generation Insignia Grand Sport this coming month. To heat things up, the German automaker has already released some specs and images of the new Insignia Sports Tourer (along with its Vauxhall and Holden versions) prior to the upcoming premiere at 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
If anything, it will be an exciting debut since the Sports Tourer is bigger, bolder and lighter than the outgoing sedan. At this early, the new generation Insignia Grand Sport is already seen among other brands like the Skoda Superb Estate, Audi Q5 and Ford Mondeo. But these are just to name a few. Overall, car buyers looking for a big estate wagon for the family will have more choices other than the more expensive Mercedes-Benz E-Class or the BMW 2017 5-Series Touring.
Using GM’s global architecture, there are quite a few changes to help draw the line between the previous sedan and the new estate model. First, the size. The estate has grown bigger considering its 4,986 mm exterior dimension has gained an additional 73mm. Also, an extra 92 mm has been added down to its 2,829 millimeter wheelbase. As for the cargo capacity, the Sports Tourer now offers 100 liters more boot space while its overall weight has shed off at least 440 lbs. ---making it 200 kilograms lighter as compared with previous generation model.
The new estate now comes with newly designed tail lights with chrome and silver accents that go all the way to the doors. At an added cost, Opel will be offering its latest LED matrix headlights with 16 LEDs per cluster. Its roof design is basically new and so is the bumper at the rear section that has the new power lift gate below it. For its interiors, the seats now come with a 40:20:40 split folding mechanism turning the normal 520-liter space into 1,638 liters in total once the seats are folded down.
When it comes to the variety of specs between the Vauxhall and Commodore, what we only know at this point is that the entry level variant will likely have the 308 hp V6 engine that can blow up to 273 lb ft of torque. Possibly, it will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with adaptive dampers and front wheel drive layout while the more expensive variant will get an AWD with torque vectoring system. Just the same, the entire line-up will more or less have the usual 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter diesel engines with a choice between a 2.0 liter and a 1.5 liter turbo petrol. Beyond that, let’s just watch out for more details to head our way within the next few weeks.