Opel Insignia: Always On the Move to Keep Its Edge
- Successful: Opel’s flagship is winner of more than 40 awards
- Eco-friendly: Insignia ecoFLEX (118 kW/160 hp) now at 129 g/km or 4.9 l/100 km
- Comfortable: Lower noise and vibration in diesel engines
- Extended range: Diesel engine now available with Adaptive 4x4
- Contemporary: New looks with Premium leather “Indian Summer” and Sport Edition
Rüsselsheim. When the Insignia hit the streets in 2008, it turned heads. Market analysis and customer surveys show why: It is a car with a sophisticated, elegant yet sporty design and exceptional technologies that customers value and use – and at an affordable price.
No wonder, then, that the Insignia and its three models – hatchback, sedan and Sports Tourer – have racked up more than 40 awards. Customers have confirmed expert opinions by making the Insignia either the best-selling or second best-selling mid-segment car in 11 countries. All models benefit from the innovative technologies which have made the Insignia the 2009 Car of the Year. The Insignia’s newly developed mechatronic chassis can be enhanced with the innovative FlexRide system which raises stability and provides real time, electronically controlled damping.
To further boost the competitive position of the Insignia, Opel is continually developing and improving this flagship model line. The ecoFLEX Insignia models have undergone a series of technical improvements that result in a five percent reduction in combined cycle fuel consumption and CO2 emissions The German brand has also coupled its optional Adaptive 4x4 with a 2-liter 160 hp CDTI, making it the first Opel passenger car to link a powerful yet efficient diesel with the innovative segment-leading technology of an adaptive all-wheel drive system.
Moreover, engineers have made refinements on all diesel engines to improve the noise and vibrations, thereby keeping the interior quiet and enhancing the interior acoustics. The changes target betterment in both mechanical and combustion noise. The diesel offer is in addition to the 2-liter 220 hp gasoline turbo with Adaptive 4x4 that has been part of the powertrain line-up since launch. Both engines offer high performance without breaking the fuel budget. The 4x4 is standard on the 2.8 V6, 260 hp Turbo and OPC models.
Design and interior: Highest-level quality
When it first launched, the Insignia took the automotive world by storm, with its new design language embodied in the motto “Sculptural Artistry meets German Precision.” The exterior’s hallmark is its flowing graceful silhouette. The body’s sculpted shape is accented by sweeping front and rear light designs and enhanced by a bold radiator grille. A distinctive “blade” feature runs through the body side from behind the front wheel, further emphasizing its taut and rakish lines.
The Insignia ecoFLEX reaches a remarkable CD value of 0.26, placing it among the top aerodynamic sedans in the world – in the same company of more expensive cars from premium brands.
The upscale design is echoed in the beautiful interior cabin which is made of high-quality materials with a critical eye to all details. The bold surfaces from the exteriors “blade” feature are echoed in the shape of the interior door grab handle, where the bright accent material sweeps dramatically into the door armrest. This sweeping accent is repeated in chrome shapes on the steering wheel and at the front of the center console. All of the materials work together, to create a harmonious, classy feel to the interior. The overall interior has taken a light, spacious approach that is both sporty and welcoming.
Opel interior designers keep the Insignia’s looks contemporary and fashionable. Most recently, Opel has added an upscale, premium leather “Indian Summer” interior in a warm, cognac-like color. This makes a strong fashion statement, with a quality feel underlined by distinctive stitching on the seats, the door inserts, steering wheel and gear shifter. At the other end of the spectrum, there is a warm environment which enters new territory with a polished Kiba Wood trim, complementing warm brown and light neutral upholstery.
For a sporty look, Opel’s new Sport Edition Pack comes with a jet black interior in the Sport and Cosmo variants. It adopts OPC-Line Interior and Exterior packs consisting of a sports leather steering wheel and gear shifter, aluminum pedals and a dark headliner for the cabin. The exterior look features lower front and rear bumpers, wider side sills, and 19 or 20-inch alloy wheels. All the colors and materials have been developed to enhance the premium feel of the interior environment.
Powertrain: Attractive variety
The Opel Insignia is available with a large range of engines all certified with Euro 5 standards. The six gasoline engines range from 85 kW/115 hp to 239 kW/325 hp (OPC). The three variants of the 2.0 CDTI turbo diesel offer output ranging from 81 kW/110 hp to 118 kW/160 hp. All Insignia engines are among the top in their class in terms of environmental compatibility and feature low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The gasoline line-up:
- The entry 1.6 (85 kW/115 PS) with an average fuel consumption of 7,4l/100 km with 174 CO2.
- The 1.8 provides 175 Nm of torque and is equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
- The 1.6 Turbo with 230 Nm of torque available from 2,200 – 5,500 rpm.
- The 2.0 Turbo (162 kW/220 hp) is equipped with high-tech features such as gasoline direct injection, twin-scroll turbocharger with intercooler, twin camshaft with variable valve timing and two balance shafts.
- The top-of-the-range gasoline engine is the 2.8 V6 Turbo, which produces 191 kW/260 hp and reaches its maximum torque of 350 Nm between 1,900 and 4,500 rpm. With 239 kW/325 hp, the Insignia OPC is the most powerful Opel production car ever produced.
This year, the ecoFLEX Insignia models have undergone a series of technical improvements that result in a five percent reduction in combined cycle fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. With a 2.0 CDTI engine developing 96 kW/130 hp or 118 kW/160 hp, the latest Opel Insignia ecoFLEX sedan variants now sip just 4.9 l/100 km of fuel, while emitting 129 g/km CO2.
The whole range of gasoline and diesel engines features four valves per cylinder and is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The 2.0 Turbo and 2.8 V6 Turbo variants are available with 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
The full diesel line up:
- The entry-level 2.0 CDTI (81 kW/110 hp) version with an average fuel consumption of just 5,0 l/100 km with only 133 CO2.
- The 2.0 CDTI (96 kW/130 hp) comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual gearbox.
- The 2.0 CDTI engine produces 118 kW/160 hp at 4,000 rpm. The maximum torque is 350 Nm (up to 380 Nm with overboost) at a low 1,750 rpm.
- The two 2.0 CDTI ecoFLEX engines developing 96 kW/130 hp or 118 kW/160 hp sip just 4.9 l/100 km of fuel, while emitting 129 g/km CO2.
Adaptive chassis enhances driving dynamics
The active all-wheel drive system improves handling and stability in all driving conditions. Adaptive 4x4 combines the best characteristics of conventional mechanical and hydraulic all-wheel drive systems. Offering optimal traction, it was designed to make the Insignia move more dynamically.
The optional FlexRide mechatronic chassis allows drivers to choose a setup that matches their own particular driving style. In addition to the comfortable Standard ride setting, FlexRide enables the driver to select a relaxed (Tour) or a firm, more crisp suspension set-up (Sport) by pressing two buttons on the instrument panel. Deactivating the Sport or Tour mode returns the ride setting to the Standard mode. In all modes, the chassis management system automatically adapts damping in real time to the driving and road conditions. FlexRide also alters the characteristics of the gas pedal, ESP and steering, and, if applicable, also changes the all-wheel drive set up, the curve light function of the AFL and automatic transmission, adding emotion to the driving experience.
The core of the new chassis is the Driving Mode Control (DMC), This unit oversees and executes FlexRide selections allowing the car to react to sudden changes in driving style or emergency situations.
With the exception of the entry level gasoline and diesel variants, all Insignia models can be ordered with the FlexRide system, which comes as standard with the Sport equipment package and the V6 gasoline engine.
Award-winning: Innovative technologies
Adaptive 4x4 is only one of many intelligent technologies offered in all Insignia models. The Insignia range introduces innovations like the adaptive bi-xenon safety lighting system AFL+ with its nine functions and the front camera system Opel Eye, with lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition. Opel has received awards for both the AFL+ and Opel Eye, recognizing their ground-breaking technology.
Owners, too, are keen on the favorably priced, particularly back-friendly, ergonomic seats, certified by Aktion Gesunder Rücken (Action for Healthy Back - AGR), orthopedic specialists. Sporty vacation fans will appreciate the retractable Trailer Hitch and Trailer Stability Assist, which helps protect against pendulum swings, ensuring safe driving. Once the trailer no longer is needed, the trailer hitch simply can be folded away, keeping the elegant design of the Insignia intact.