The estate version of the Insignia Grand Sport will arrive in the UK this summer after its debut at the Geneva motor show
Doug Revolta Autocar
5 February 2017

The first pictures of the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer have been revealed before the car makes its official debut at the Geneva motor show.

Based on new architecture, this new generation Sports Tourer is 200kg lighter than the model it replaces, and offers 100 litres more boot space. It gets an all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring, as well as a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

It comes with Vauxhall’s latest IntelliLink system with a touchscreen and three rows of buttons, as well as OnStar. The Insignia will offer a new ‘personal assistant’ service that enables the driver or passengers to book a hotel through OnStar. It also gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and wireless phone charging is also available. 

It’s available with LED matrix lighting, lane keep assist, head-up display, as well as heated seats in the front and rear, along with a heated windscreen. Vauxhall also says it’s the first model to get an active aluminium bonnet which it says improves pedestrian protection.

The all-wheel drive system uses two electrically controlled multi-plate clutches to replace the rear axle differential. The FlexRide chassis enables drivers to select from standard, sport or tour modes which adjust the dampers, steering, throttle response and gear changes on automatic models. It’s available with a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines.

As well as luggage capacity increasing, the car is slightly bigger than its predecessor and gets a longer wheelbase. Headroom has increased by 31mm and shoulder-room by 25mm, while you can opt for 40/20/40 folding rear seats, which can be collapsed at the push of a button. The tailgate can also be opened with a kicking motion underneath it, in combination with the keyless entry option.

A sunroof can be added, along with a heated steering wheel and an 18-way adjustable driver’s seat with massage and ventilation functions.

The Sports Tourer accounts for around 20% of all Insignia sales and, like the saloon, pricing for the estate is expected to stick closely to the outgoing model which has a starting price of £20,299. It will go on sale in the summer.

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6 February 2017
Starting to like this shape each day.
initial pics looked too European.

6 February 2017
Kushil wrote:

Starting to like this shape each day.
initial pics looked too European.

Indeed it will be the next Holden Commodore. Which seems odd as the Commodore was always a 5-Series class car, but this new model competes in the class below like the Insignia and its predecessors always have. I suspect it's grown so much in size that GM felt they could get away with marketing it as the new Commodore. What this car does mark though is the end of any stand-alone Holden models, they'll all just be like Vauxhalls now, rebadged Opels (and rebadged Chevrolets too in Holden's case).

6 February 2017
Roadster wrote:
Kushil wrote:

Starting to like this shape each day.
initial pics looked too European.

Indeed it will be the next Holden Commodore. Which seems odd as the Commodore was always a 5-Series class car, but this new model competes in the class below like the Insignia and its predecessors always have. I suspect it's grown so much in size that GM felt they could get away with marketing it as the new Commodore. What this car does mark though is the end of any stand-alone Holden models, they'll all just be like Vauxhalls now, rebadged Opels (and rebadged Chevrolets too in Holden's case).

Holden production ends this year, all models then being imported from Opel and Chevrolet (ex-Daewoo) - GM fans are baffled by the choice of Commodore as GM are promising Holden a RWD RHD car from the US by 2020.

The outgoing Insignia was too small, internally, due to poor packaging - this mk2 rectifies that.

6 February 2017
Holden production ends this year, all models then being imported from Opel and Chevrolet (ex-Daewoo) - GM fans are baffled by the choice of Commodore as GM are promising Holden a RWD RHD car from the US by 2020.

I don't understand why they don't make the Camaro in RHD form. they could give it a different front and rear and call it Monaro.

As for promising a car for 2020, I just don't trust GM any more; they're full of these empty promises. RHD Camaro and Corvette never appeared. The 2 seater Vauxhall sports car won't, either. :-(

6 February 2017
And there's nothing wrong with that. Big and practical inside, and a lot cheaper to buy and run than the 'prestige' bunch. Fit for purpose.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

6 February 2017
Like the brightwork in profile...
Notice the way it continues down the sides of the rear screen before meeting the lights, creating a rather funky signature...

Take no notice... I'm only here for the biscuits

6 February 2017
I quite like it - reminds me a bit of the volvo v90.

Am looking forward to having a look and seeing more pictures especially of the inside. The buick version got a reasonable review in Car and Driver mag

6 February 2017
I think its a really good looking estate car. As for calling a 'Sport Tourer', surely the last thing an estate car ever is or you would want it to be, is 'Sporty'. At least its better than the hatch which shares its name with Corvettes track focused model. Great design let down by the idiots in marketing

6 February 2017
Well proportioned and nicely detailed, this is a handsome car. Vauxhall have done well. Plus being 200kg lighter should do wonders for the ridge, handling and efficiency.

7 February 2017
The attraction of Commodores and Falcons lay in their Australian manufacture and the jobs created. If you don't want to pay BMW/Audi/MB prices, most will go for a Hyundai or Kia with their long warranties and quality reputation. This Insignia thing is clearly a FWD in its volume sales and 4WD at the top of the range, where it will struggle against proper RWD German cars. This will be perceived as a stretched Astra and, I bet will cost way more than Asian brands.
Nice looking, tho.

Aussie Rob - a view from down under

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