New Insignia makes life a drag for rivals

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Opel’s new Insignia is not only the lowest CO2 emitting car in its sector but now also the most streamlined vehicle in the world in its class.

Opel’s new Insignia is not only the lowest CO2 emitting car in its sector but now also the most streamlined vehicle in the world in its class.

Thanks to clever changes to the body design of the new Insignia, Opel’s engineers have reduced the vehicle’s drag coefficient to under 0.25 for the Insignia hatchback and 0.28 for the Sports Tourer. New extended underbody covers, wider front spoiler lips, tail lamp housings designed to enhance airflow separation and an integrated rear deck lid spoiler contribute to the new Insignia’s slippery shape.

The Opel Insignia 2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX (140PS) model with Start/Stop also features an additional, ultra-modern aerodynamic element: an active front air shutter. Air flowing through the front grille to cool the engine usually accounts for up to eight per cent of total vehicle air drag. To reduce this effect, a shutter in the lower front grille automatically closes to prevent air entering and causing turbulence. For cold starts, an additional advantage is a faster engine warm-up, which also helps reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Whenever the engine needs air for cooling, the shutter opens automatically.

Meanwhile, the Opel Insignia is also the most fuel efficient diesel car in its class thanks to a powerful 2.0 CDTI turbo diesel engine. The Insignia 99 g/km CO2(103 kW/140 hp) in four and five-door models with a six-speed manual gearbox with Start/Stop, consumes just 3.7 litres of fuel per 100 km over the combined cycle.

“The new Insignia delivers on performance through its efficient German engineering and stunning aerodynamic design without any compromise. These features not only contribute to a more dynamic driving experience but also increase efficiency and lower running costs which will be popular with customers here in Ireland” said, Dave Sheeran, Managing Director, Opel Ireland.

The Insignia range will also benefit from an all-new petrol 1.6 SIDI turbo engine with 125 kW/170 hp and 260 Nm (up to 280 Nm with overboost) available from 1,650 rpm. In four and five-door models, the 1.6 SIDI turbo requires only 5.9 litres of fuel per 100 km and emits just 139 g/km CO2, while the Sports Tourer consumes 6.2 l/100 km with 146 g/km CO2. This is an improvement of almost 16 per cent compared to models powered by the previous 1.6 turbo engine.

The biggest change existing Insignia customers will see when they sit in the new car is a completely re-designed centre console and instrument cluster. The centre console has been simplified and now has fewer buttons for more intuitive operation of common functions, such as air conditioning and infotainment, while the instrument cluster has new dials and a fresh, high-tech look.

Optional across the range is an 8-inch, high-resolution colour infotainment display (up from 5-inches in the outgoing range) and a new, upgraded instrument cluster. The cluster incorporates two outer dials showing fuel and revs, while in the centre sits a speedometer that can be displayed in analogue or digital form, or changed to show functions such as smartphone or audio use, or navigation.

The 8-inch infotainment display has touch-screen functionality, allowing drivers to access all functions and sub-menus such as radio stations, song titles, smartphone connection or 3D navigation in an intuitive and safe way. Its illuminated, touch-sensitive surface reacts immediately to finger movements, with even individual letters and numbers being accessible via this method. Up to 60 favourite menus can be stored from all functions and Apps can also be downloaded via the car’s Bluetooth-connected internet.

Available as a five-door Hatch, four-door Saloon and Sports Tourer, the new range will be available in Ireland later this year.