Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport now available
Vauxhall’s all-new Insignia Grand Sport is now available to lease, with deliveries due to arrive in May.
Following on from the previous generation, which won the European Car of the Year in 2009, and with nearly a quarter of a million sold in the UK to date, the Insignia Grand Sport is based on a completely new vehicle architecture.
These revised proportions result in a more spacious interior, giving the car a more athletic appearance and an improved road stance, including class-leading aerodynamics.
The new Insignia Grand Sport isn’t just aiming at taking on its age-old rival, the Ford Mondeo, but also the likes of entry-level premium models such as the Jaguar XE, Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 Series. So, just how is it going to do it?
Well, despite being a five-door hatchback, its silhouette is more akin to a coupe. It gets an all-new upmarket look too, which will help it look the part sat next to the more expensive pickings of the saloon market.
At the front, the headlights are much slimmer than before, while the grille is lower and thinner than the current Insignia. There are large creases along the bottom of the body that run right up to the wheel arch, while split LED tail lights give the rear a completely new look, too.
On the inside
It’s larger than the current model, and as such is around 10cm longer. This translates into more legroom for rear passengers, and a generally more airy cabin. The dashboard houses a large touchscreen which operates Vauxhall’s latest IntelliLink infotainment software.
Available as a five-door Grand Sport hatch and Sports Tourer estate, with a rugged Country Tourer estate coming soon, the new range starts at nearly £1,500 less than the entry price into the outgoing line-up and will be available in seven different trim levels: Design, Design Nav, SRi, SRi Nav, SRi VX-Line Nav, Tech Line Nav and Elite Nav.
Vauxhall has also confirmed that a plethora of safety kit will be available such as a head-up display, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist and Rear Cross Assist.
Changes are just as drastic underneath, where you’ll find an all-new platform that means the new car is around 170kg lighter than its forebear.
The all-new Insignia Grand Sport has a range of six state-of-the-art petrol and diesel powertrains ranging from 110PS to 260PS, including an all-new 1.5-litre Turbo petrol unit.
Expected volume sellers (1.5-litre Turbo petrol and 1.6 CDTi diesel) see a reduction in fuel consumption between three and ten per cent compared with the equivalent outgoing models, according to the Worldwide Harmonised Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP). The WLTP is more representative of real driving behaviour than the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).
New all-wheel-drive option with torque vectoring
In the hope of taking on the German executives, the Grand Sport will be offered with an all-wheel-drive system touted as a “class-leader” that will offer “huge driver appeal”, according to Vauxhall. Opting for the system will also see the six-speed manual give way to an eight-speed automatic gearbox that’ll be available with the range-topping petrol offering.
What’s more, Vauxhall has confirmed that new Insignias will be available with a clever torque-vectoring system too, which controls the distribution of torque according to changes in throttle position, steering angle and the quality of road surface.
Combined with the four-wheel-drive system, this should make the Insignia immensely capable in adverse conditions, proving more stable and steerable all of the time.
“Vauxhall is raising its game even further with the launch of the new Insignia Grand Sport,” said Rory Harvey, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director. ““It has all of the virtues of its successful smaller brother the Astra, and takes those to a higher level. The Insignia Grand Sport will set new standards for design, efficiency, technology and connectivity when it arrives.”