Opel Insignia

Production Cars 19 Apr 2008
Opel Insignia

Opel has unveiled the first images and information on the Insignia premium sedan. It features a flowing and muscular coupe-like silhouette and will go on sale in November 2008.


Opel InsigniaDeveloped at GM Europe’s International Technical Development Center in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the Insignia will debut July 22, 2008 at the London Motor Show and will go on sale in November.

From the official release:

Design

The 4.83 meter long Insignia boasts a flowing, powerful silhouette with a coupé-like roofline.

The body’s sculpted shape is accented by a distinctive radiator grille with a newly-designed Opel emblem.

Opel InsigniaDesign elements include a sweeping front and rear light “wing” signature and a “blade” side contour that begins directly behind the front wheel and glides through the entire side of the body.

Both details give the Insignia’s a muscular but graceful allure.

“With Insignia we are introducing an exciting new sophisticated design vocabulary, which combines sculptural artistry with German precision,” says Mark Adams, Vice President Design, GM Europe.

“Our aim was to develop a confident look which compels the world to experience for themselves the superb driving dynamics the Insignia radiates.”

Interior

Inside, the dashboard wraps around from the instrument panel to the door, embracing the occupants. This wing theme will be echoed across all Opels.

Red ambient lighting, which also will be featured in future Opel models, vibrate a warm, luxurious aura. A lot of emphasis too has been put into the seating, which set the highest standards in ergonomics, comfort and safety.

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Features

Among the technical highlights is the AFL Adaptive Forward Lighting system.

Nine different light beam settings automatically adjust themselves to cater to various driving conditions, simultaneously enhancing safety and driving excitement.

The LED daytime running lights consume considerably less energy than a conventional system.

Offered transmissions include front-wheel and all-wheel drive: the “Adaptive 4X4” system, both ’s available with the FlexRide mechatronic chassis system with its Adaptive Stability Technology.

Engines

Opel InsigniaThe Insignia will be available with a range of seven engines. All meet Euro 5 emissions standards and come with either manual or automatic six-speed transmissions.

The four gasoline engines range from a four-cylinder 115 hp unit to a V6 with 260 hp.

The three new direct-injection diesels feature a displacement of 2.0 liter and outputs spanning from 110 to 160 hp.

Subsequently the Insignia engine line-up will be expanded with an EcoFLEX version offering very low CO2 emissions in addition to other, more powerful variants.

(Source: Opel)

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