Hot cars are a rarity in the United States, but in Europe they are fashionable, surpassing their saloon equivalents in many cases. Opel will use the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 to present its latest high-performance car, the Insignia GSi. We’ve already seen the fastback sedan-shaped car we get as a Buick Regal GS 2018, but a wagon option, which Opel calls Sports Tourer, will also be offered.
Indeed, Opel has been adamant in adding sporting clues to the traditional style of break bodywork, and in our opinion, the result is good. At the front, chrome was added to the catches, adding a nice shine to the corners and shifting the horizontal headlight housings with a more upright shape. Inside the headlight housings, you’ll find IntelliLux LED matrix lighting elements, complemented by day-lamps in the shape of a tick.With the sides, we see a belt line that goes down to the front wings, which gives a raked position than before. The lower side skirts book finishes the plus-size wheels, which are up to an impressive 20-inch diameter. At the rear, the taillights are shaped like headlights, giving the rounded rear hatch a much flatter visual appearance.
Enter the cabin of the 2018 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer, and you will find the right kind of performance equipment you expect after checking out the aggressive exterior. The kick is a flat-bottomed steering wheel, just standard on anything with any kind of sporting intent. In the foot are well aluminum pedals. The cockpit is adapted to the person sitting behind the wheel. The driver of the new Insignia Sports Tourer is lower in the car than before and is surrounded by the instruments and the center console, as if you were sitting in a command center. Clear lines and sculptural surfaces faithful to the Opel design philosophy further contribute to the elegant appearance. The frameless touch screen of the IntelliLink system is driver-oriented and features a high-end character. In addition to the touch screen, the controls can be operated intuitively by three rows of buttons. The top row is reserved for the infotainment system, the middle row for heating, ventilation and air conditioning and the bottom row for driver assistance systems.
The new IntelliLink systems compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto provide excellent entertainment and connectivity. And while the smartphone is seamlessly integrated into the vehicle’s infotainment, it can now be recharged wirelessly without the use of a cable. Naturally, the revolutionary Opel OnStar service and connectivity wizard is also onboard, offering services ranging from auto accident response to stolen vehicle support. A new personal assistant service will be launched at the same time as the Insignia, allowing its occupants to ask OnStar counselors, for example, to choose a hotel and to book rooms and search for hotels. a parking available. In addition, the OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi access point allows all Insignia occupants to connect their devices to the network.
Mounted under this long and low hood, you’ll find the Opel rocking a new engine, specially designed for Opel’s flagship. This is a two-stage sequential turbocharger that raises power to 210 horsepower at 4000 rpm. and an impressive 354 lb-ft of torque at 1500 rpm, all derived from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine. Put your foot down and sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 7.9 seconds, while the maximum speed is 231 km / h (144 mph). The efficiency of the new European driving cycle (NEDC) is estimated at 7.3 liters per 100 km, while emissions are estimated at 192 grams per kilometer.
Opel did not give us the exact prices of the new Insignia GSi Sports Tourer, but we expect it to be around 28,000 euros, just a few thousand more than the current model. Look for it to arrive at dealers in early 2018