Look out 3 Series and A4, the Vauxhall Insignia is out to get you. Hey, don't laugh, what was already a pretty strong contender has just raised the stakes even higher with Vauxhall releasing details of the new Insignia which is set to make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
And the big news is that the key diesel engines have had their emissions cut to just 99g/km CO2. In addition, the 2.0-litre CDTi ecoFlex with Start/Stop could theoretically return up to 76.3mpg on a combined cycle. See, you're interested now, aren't you?
In what could be a killer blow for the Insignia's main rivals, the price of the entry-level Design trim has been cut by nearly 2,000 to just 16,279. That undercuts the Passat by 4,000 and the Mondeo by nearly 300.
There are four new engines available, including the aforementioned 140hp 2.0-litre TDI ecoFlex, which is also available in 120hp and 163hp guise. There's also a couple of new petrol engines on offer, including a 250hp 2.0-litre turbo.
But the refreshed Insignia isn't just about the engines, there have also been some tweaks made to the styling.
On the outside, the high-gloss chrome grille is wider and lower than before and the logo-bar is thinner and includes winglets that link with the subtly redesigned headlights. Bi-xenon lamps with advanced forward lighting are standard on the top-spec Elite models and available as an option throughout the range.
At the back, the high-gloss logo-bar now sits lower on the tailgate and extends into the taillights to incorporate the reversing lamps. The tail and stop functions are illuminated by LEDs throughout the range.
It's a subtle facelift, but it just about manages to enhance the premium look of the car. A definite case of 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'
In truth, the biggest changes have been reserved for the inside. The instrument cluster and centre console have been completely redesigned - fewer buttons give it a fresher, simpler feel and the dials have a classier appearance.
The optional 5-inch infotainment system on the current Insignia has been replaced by a larger 8-inch screen with a high-resolution colour display. It can be controlled via the buttons on a new-look steering wheel.
You'l also find a range of new interior finish options, plus two new exterior colours - Emerald Green and Aurum Green.
And in a victory for common sense, Vauxhall has simplified the trim levels, moving from the current 14 to a far less confusing eight. Energy and Limited Edition are aimed squarely at retail customers, with Design and Tech Line positioned for company car drivers.
Standard equipment across the range includes digital radio, Bluetooth, LED daytime running lights, leather steering wheel, cruise control, electric seats, automatic lights, electronic climate control and electronic stability control.
The new Vauxhall Insignia is on sale now, with first deliveries taking place in October, following its Frankfurt debut.
Priced from: 16,279
Available from: October
Is it possible to get excited about the Vauxhall Insignia? It is, after all, simply a modern version of the Vectra and Cavalier.
Well yes, we think it is. The Vauxhall Insignia is overlooked by some buyers because it has the wrong badge. Give the Insignia a more premium bonnet badge and it would attract far more retail customers.
And, on paper at least, it looks like Vauxhall has pitched the upgrades perfectly. A range of super-frugal diesel engines, a simplified range and what appears to be a sumptuous interior. One to look out for at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
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