Insignia Grand Sport Makes Debut in Geneva

Insignia Grand Sport Makes Debut in Geneva
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Vauxhall has unveiled the new Insignia Grand Sport at the Geneva Motor Show 2017

Vauxhall has unveiled the “plush” new Insignia Grand Sport in the metal at the Geneva Motor Show, reports Auto Express. The “new model swoops in with a more four-door coupe?-biased look”, writes John McIlroy, while also assuming a “more aggressive stance”.

“On sale now, it’ll arrive on UK roads this summer. Prices for the Insignia Grand Sport start at £17,115 – that’ll get buyers a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine with 140hp. The range stretches right up to a 260hp 2.0-litre turbo petrol, which in range topping trim is priced from £27,710. Diesel engines are available, too.

“The front end gets slim headlights and a more vertical grille that’s mounted lower than on the outgoing model. At the side is what Vauxhall calls a ‘sweepspear’ – in effect, a deep crease that starts low down near the sill and moves up just before the rear wheelarch – while the rear features split tail-lamps and an LED third brake light integrated at the top of the glass.”

The wheelbase has grown by 92mm “to make the rear cabin as spacious as a Superb’s, and more roomy than any of the premium executive models’. And while the roofline has been lowered, so has the seating position – to the point where there is actually more head room in the rear seats than before. Boot capacity, meanwhile, is a decent 490 litres, rising to 1,450 litres with the split rear seats folded down.

“On the four-wheel-drive chassis, there is a pair of multi-plate clutches instead of a rear differential, which allows the Insignia to be offered with torque vectoring. As well as feeding power to the wheel with the best traction in snow, the set-up will prioritise the outside rear wheel in corners to help the car to turn in more crisply.”

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