Vauxhall’s revised Skoda Superb rival is due to go on sale next month, with the option of a 227bhp four-cylinder petrol engine
The facelifted Vauxhall Insignia has been revealed at the 2020 Brussels Motor Show, sporting a handful of cosmetic revisions and new technology. A flagship 227bhp GSi model has also been added to the range.
The updated saloon is available to order from February, with prices expected to remain similar to the current model, starting from under £20,000.
Exterior styling changes for the British brand’s Skoda Superb rival are subtle, stretching to some neat sliver exhaust trims for the rear bumper and a redesigned front bumper with a pair of repositioned fog lamps. The grille also features extra chrome detailing, which brings the Insignia’s styling in line with the brand’s latest design language, seen on the new Corsa.
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There’s also a pair of reshaped LED headlamps which benefit from LED Matrix technology. Each unit houses 84 individual LED bulbs which, combined with a forward-facing camera, can automatically adjust the beam trajectory to avoid dazzling oncoming road users. Also, despite being more powerful than the Insignia’s old light units, they’re more energy efficient.
Four new engines will be available, with buyers offered their choice of three petrols and one diesel. The entry-level petrol is a turbocharged 1.4-litre three-cylinder unit, with 143bhp and 236Nm of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed manual transmission and offers claimed economy and emissions figures of 45.6mpg and 144g/km of CO2 respectively.
A turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine is also available in two states of tune. The lesser-powered version produces 197bhp and 350Nm of torque, while the more potent GSi model has 227bhp and 350Nm of torque. Both variants are mated to nine-speed automatic gearbox and an adaptive four-wheel-drive system as standard.
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The Insignia GSi’s drivetrain features a torque vectoring system, which Vauxhall says improves the cars cornering ability. It also features an adjustable suspension system with adaptive dampers, adaptive steering and uprated four-piston Brembo brakes.
Finally, buyers can opt for a turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder diesel engine, developing 120bhp and 300Nm of torque. Like the entry-level petrol model, it’s hitched to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while economy and emissions figures respectively stand at a claimed 57.6mpg and 130g/km of CO2.
There’s an improvement in safety equipment, too. The Insignia is now available with traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and a blind spot monitoring system. Vauxhall has also fitted a rear-view camera and rear cross-traffic alert, which warns the driver of approaching vehicles and pedestrians when reversing out of bay spaces.
Depending on the trim-level, buyers will be offered either a seven-inch or eight-inch infotainment system. Both offer support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the latter system comes with real-time traffic information, regular online map updates and predictive navigation for route mapping.
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