More practical variant of the new Insignia will get the same torque vectoring driveline as the recently launched hatch
31 July 2017

Vauxhall will launch a GSi version of its new Insignia Sports Tourer later this year, using the same 252bhp driveline as the recently launched Grand Sport GSi hatchback.

As shown by an Opel estate testing in Germany, the Insignia estate model, badged as a Vauxhall in Britain, will get the same treatment as its hatch sibling, including a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that outputs 252bhp and 295lb ft.

The Insignia GSi has been revealed. Read about it here

It will come mated to a new eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters that sends drive to all four wheels. The fronts will distribute torque via an electronic differential lock, but the rears will get a more complex twin-clutch system, developed by British engineering firm GKN.

The system, which is shared with models such as the Range Rover Evoque and Ford Focus RS, is capable of torque vectoring to improve agility. A prototype version of the layout was tested in an old Insignia VXR by Autocar last year.

Vauxhall claims that its Insignia GSi is quicker around the Nürburgring than the previous VXR, despite being down on power by 69bhp. It attributes this to the driveline’s improved agility and the new Insignia’s structure, which is 160kg lighter. The Sports Tourer is expected to benefit from the same improvements.

Vauxhall has yet to confirm details, but the Insignia Sports Tourer GSi will likely get a stiffer four-link rear suspension set-up than the GSi hatch in order to enable a higher load carrying capacity. Aside from that, no other chassis adjustments are expected.

Four drive modes will be included: Standard, Tour, Sport and Competition. The GSi gets four-pot Brembo brakes and 18in wheels (20in ones are optional). It also features bespoke leather upholstered sports seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and metal pedals.

The GSi Grand Sport hatch is due to make its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September. Vauxhall has remained tight lipped about the Sport Tourer version’s arrival, but it is likely to arrive alongside the regular car or, if not, at least very soon after.

Prices for most variants of the Sports Tourer start at £1500 above the equivalent Grand Sport, so a similar increase for the GSi estate model over the hatch, which could start at about £25,000, is expected.  

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31 July 2017

It deserves to do well.<p>

</p>It can't understand why GM sold Vauxhall/Opel after it'd already pulled out its Korean built Chevrolet models out of Europe! Why would one of the worlds' three largest car manufactureres pull out of one of the World's three largest markets? I would've thought, being lower priced, the Chevrolet models could've done well as 'value' brands,

31 July 2017
Overdrive wrote:

It deserves to do well.<p>

</p>It can't understand why GM sold Vauxhall/Opel after it'd already pulled out its Korean built Chevrolet models out of Europe! Why would one of the worlds' three largest car manufactureres pull out of one of the World's three largest markets? I would've thought, being lower priced, the Chevrolet models could've done well as 'value' brands,

The reason that rebadging Daewoo as Chevrolet failed was that they put the prices up to Opel/Vauxhall levels, but without any discounts, and tried to go head-to-head with Opel/Vauxhall - despite using older suspensions and engines - if they'd stayed at the Daewoo level on prices they could easily have moved into the market gap vacated by Hyundai/Kia as they climb the pile.

GM Detroit doesn't understand global markets - not that it always understands the US market that well - they've all but killed Holden and it's only the Chinese joint ventures keeping them going - when that bubble bursts, as it will, GM will be gone for good.

31 July 2017

If indeed it does come out at £25,000'ish I'd love to see a shot out betweeen this a very base 5 series and a base Mondeo Estate. Just for thoroughness include a trip up north 'in the snow' and a track day. Nothing comes close to it in terms of money! 

 

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31 July 2017

If only this wagon looked better and didn't have such a terrible D pillar treatment. GME shot themselves in the foot again.

jer

31 July 2017

Might solve some of the issues. Agree price quality engineering this is terrific value. 

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