Vauxhall has confirmed UK pricing for its updated Insignia, which is available to order now in a total of five trim levels, including a 227bhp 2.0-litre GSi performance option.
Prices kick off at £23,120 for the SE Nav, which includes smartphone connectivity, a 7.0in infotainment touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, 17in alloy wheels and automatic emergency braking as standard. SRi Nav models, available from £24,620, gain additional kit including LED ambient lighting, a subtle rear spoiler and chrome upper window surrounds.
Towards the top of the range are SRi VX-Line Nav and Ultimate Nav, which each start from £27,620, but the headline introduction is the new GSi, which packs a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 227bhp and 258lb ft. This power is delivered through a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
Priced from £38,850, the high-performance executive hatchback has also been fitted with four-wheel drive that utilises a torque-vectoring system to improve handling in corners. The GSi also gets Brembo four-piston brakes, new adaptive Flexride suspension, bespoke 20in grey alloy wheels and tweaks to the steering set-up.
The details of the GSi were revealed alongside full details of a revamped engine line-up for the Insignia. The entry-level unit is a three-cylinder 1.4-litre turbo petrol with 143bhp and 174lb ft, using a six-speed manual gearbox for WLTP-certified fuel economy from 45.6mpg.
As well as the 227bhp version, the 2.0-litre engine will be offered in 197bhp guise from SRi Nav upwards, using the nine-speed automatic ’box. This is the first Vauxhall engine to feature cylinder deactivation to reduce fuel consumption. The lower-powered version achieves WLTP fuel economy of up to 37.2mpg, compared with the more powerful unit's 33.2mpg.
There will be one diesel engine in the launch line-up: a 1.5-litre three-cylinder producing 120bhp and 221lb ft and returning an official 57.6mpg. A 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel will be launched later this year.
Vauxhall says the three-cylinder engines are up to 50kg lighter than the versions featured in the outgoing model.
Confirmation of the engine line-up comes shortly after Vauxhall revealed a number of exterior changes and upgraded interior technology for the Insignia.
The front has been restyled, with an expanded, chrome-edged radiator grille and adaptive-beam Intellilux LED headlights leading the raft of revisions.
Vauxhall claims the facelifted Insignia looks “lower and wider than before” without any specific dimension changes, while the overall design is intended to be “sharper and more coupé-like”.
Inside, the graphics on the navigation system have been improved to give what Vauxhall claims is a “fresher, more modern appearance”, alongside new wireless smartphone charging.
Vauxhall will be hoping that sales for the Insignia improve with the new design, as they have more than halved in Europe over the past decade. In response to this, the range was recently thinned, with the Sports Tourer estate variant being taken off sale.