Further details about the next Vauxhall Insignia have surfaced following a glimpse of the 2017 replacement. Reports suggest the new family saloon needs a few finishing touches before it’s launched at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October. These images, courtesy of Carscoops give us an idea of what it might look like.
With a wheelbase that’s 100mm longer and taller rear doors, owners get much easier access to second row seats. A reshaped rear end makes even better use of the space, with a larger, more practical boot. Its larger and deeper shape means the boot’s capacity of 565-litres will compete with the Skoda Superb.
The outgoing 2.0-litre diesel – the most powerful in the range – will reportedly be scrapped in favour of the 1.6-litre unit as the sole diesel offering. It’ll probably be offered in three power outputs ranging from 110hp to 160hp. The former achieves 83.1mpg and is tax exempt in the Vauxhall Astra so we can assume only slightly worse performance in the heavier Insignia. Vauxhall hopes its diesel lineup will lead the rest of the pack in terms of refinement.
The petrol 1.4-litre turbocharged engine in the current Insignia is expected to reappear in the new model. Returning 50.4mpg, it’s priced from £18,234 for the current model, almost £2,000 less than the corresponding entry-level diesel. A VXR version is yet to be confirmed. It’s likely to keep a four-wheel-drive system, possibly mated to the familiar 325hp 2.8-litre V6 powerplant. A new eight-speed automatic transmission will provide economy benefits of around three per cent over the basic six-speed manual gearbox.
The Insignia’s interior will follow cues set by the new Astra. The new design will hopefully move away from the dull and cluttered layout of the current Insignia. A centrally mounted touchscreen will sit at the top of the centre console similar to the Astra, while a new dashboard will integrate two analogue gauges either side of a digital display.
We can expect the New Insignia to cost from around £18,000 for entry-level models rising to more than £30,000 for top spec versions. It’s expected to go on sale in early 2017.
Vauxhall Insignia latest news (updates June 2016)
With the current generation Vauxhall Insignia family saloon nearing the end of its life, the firm is preparing a replacement. Expected to be more efficient, better built and roomier than ever before, the upcoming Ford Mondeo rival will aim to outdo its underwhelming predecessor. Spy shots courtesy of carscoops give us our best idea yet of what it’ll look like.
Key to that success will be its value for money and low emissions – both of which help make the current car a strong success among business users. The new car will ramp up the perceived quality to tempt buyers away from established premium alternatives such as the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class.
Before the new model gets released, dealers are likely to offer ever increasing discounts on the outgoing model. Put the current Vauxhall Insignia in our car configurator to see the deals carwow could help you get.
2017 Vauxhall Insignia styling
Early spy shots suggest the new Insignia will sport a more curved roofline than the current car. The longer, more gentle downward slope towards the bootlid should both accentuate the car’s length while helping practicality on the inside. Overall dimensions shouldn’t change much, but the wheelbase could increase by around 100mm, allowing more interior space. The new model will be offered as either a five-door hatch or as a Sports Tourer estate.
Though the only photos so far have shown heavily disguised prototypes, we’ll expect the Insignia to share styling cues – in particular the slim headlights and grille – from the new Astra. The 2013 Opel Monza Concept is also said to have provided inspiration for the new car, too.
2017 Vauxhall Insignia interior
The current Astra represents a huge leap forward in the quality of Vauxhall’s cabins, and the new Insignia looks set to take things a step further. Expect the latest infotainment systems to remove much of the current car’s clutter from the dash and, like much of the current range, on-board WiFi and OnStar will be offered as standard.
One of the greatest benefits of the extended wheelbase should come in the form of improved interior space – especially for rear seat passengers. The old model was mediocre in this department but the new one could take aim at the class-leading Skoda Superb.
2017 Vauxhall Insignia driving and engines
Sitting on a heavily revised version of the current platform, the underpinnings will be used across parent firm General Motors’ worldwide brands to reduce production costs. Much like the Astra, which weighed significantly less than the model it replaced, expect the new Insignia to go on an extensive diet – a weight reduction of as much as 200kg is rumoured.
While nothing too revolutionary is expected to launch on the engine front, the new lighter platform will see efficiency improve across the board. We could even see derivatives of the firm’s excellent 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine powering entry-level models.
With the current Insignia a popular seller among business users, a low-emission diesel is arguably the most important model in the range. A new 1.6-litre unit, already found in the Astra, will offer anywhere between 110hp and 160hp, and the most frugal variant in the smaller Astra returns a claimed 78.5mpg. A choice of six-speed manual or an all new eight-speed automatic will be offered throughout most of the range, with the latter offering superior fuel economy.
A Sporty VXR version should not be ruled out either. The current model, powered by a 321hp turbocharged 2.8-litre V6, offers incredible performance for the money.
2017 Vauxhall Insignia price
Despite the uplift in quality, Vauxhall looks likely to price the replacement Insignia at a similar price to the current model. That means we expect entry-level petrols to be priced from around £17,500.
2017 Vauxhall Insignia release date
We’ll have a little longer to wait for the new model’s arrival. It isn’t expected to make an official debut until mid-to-late-2017, with sales commencing shortly after.
Save money on your next new car
Before the new model gets released, dealers are likely to offer ever increasing discounts on the outgoing model. Put the current Vauxhall Insignia in our car configurator to see the deals carwow could help you get. Not sure what you want? Try out our car chooser.