Vauxhall has unveiled the “plush” new Insignia Grand Sport in the metal at the Geneva Motor Show, reports Auto Express. The “new model swoops in with a more four-door coupe?-biased look”, writes John McIlroy, while also assuming a “more aggressive stance”.
“On sale now, it’ll arrive on UK roads this summer. Prices for the Insignia Grand Sport start at £17,115 – that’ll get buyers a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine with 140hp. The range stretches right up to a 260hp 2.0-litre turbo petrol, which in range topping trim is priced from £27,710. Diesel engines are available, too.
“The front end gets slim headlights and a more vertical grille that’s mounted lower than on the outgoing model. At the side is what Vauxhall calls a ‘sweepspear’ – in effect, a deep crease that starts low down near the sill and moves up just before the rear wheelarch – while the rear features split tail-lamps and an LED third brake light integrated at the top of the glass.”
The wheelbase has grown by 92mm “to make the rear cabin as spacious as a Superb’s, and more roomy than any of the premium executive models’. And while the roofline has been lowered, so has the seating position – to the point where there is actually more head room in the rear seats than before. Boot capacity, meanwhile, is a decent 490 litres, rising to 1,450 litres with the split rear seats folded down.
“On the four-wheel-drive chassis, there is a pair of multi-plate clutches instead of a rear differential, which allows the Insignia to be offered with torque vectoring. As well as feeding power to the wheel with the best traction in snow, the set-up will prioritise the outside rear wheel in corners to help the car to turn in more crisply.”