The Insignia managed to elevate the image of Vauxhall when it replaced the Vectra in 2009, and the Insignia Grand Sport could be poised to lift it further.
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Following on from the earlier generations, which got the award as the European Car of the Year in 2009, and with approaching a quarter of a million sold in the U.K. to date, the new 2017 Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport is now based on a completely new architecture. The modified proportions have resulted in a more spacious interior, giving the car a much better athletic appearance and an upgraded road stance.
The automaker, Vauxhall, is promising a safer and more comfortable car than the current model. It is wider and has a longer wheelbase, and features high-end technology new to Vauxhall.
There will also be a lot of upgrades in fuel efficiency. Vauxhall has managed to get up to 175kg in weight compared to the ongoing Insignia, and aerodynamics are also better.
The new 2017 Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport will be available with a LED matrix headlight option, which will provide improved night time vision and a function to automatically avoid dazzling road users ahead with the main beam. Lane-keeping assist will also be offered together with the lane departure warning system, adaptive cruise control and rear cross traffic alert, and the latter warning of incoming vehicles when reversing out of parking spaces.
In addition, there will be a new eight-speed automatic transmission option, a four-wheel drive variant which has a torque-vectoring technology and adjusting the drive to single rear wheels to help improve traction of the car and stability when cornering. The petrol engine is an all-new 1.5-liter Turbo powertrain. This turbocharged four-cylinder that has a central direct injection belongs to the family of all-aluminum small displacement petrol engines that's known for their performance.
Meanwhile, the diesel engine includes the 1.6-liter Turbo D ecoTEC that is offered with either 110PS or 136PS. Technical features of the 136PS engine will include a low-emission combustion system, a water-cooled turbo charged with variable turbine geometry, a multi-injection fuel system, a switchable water pump and variable displacement oil pump. The all-new 2017 Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport is now on sale and is priced from £17,115 on-the-road, and will hit at dealerships in May 2017.