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The new 2017 Opel Insignia has been spotted about to be tested by car engineers. It was initially designed to compete in the mid-level sedan race, but the new model can also rival some larger models because of its relatively larger size. It looks like Open designed the sedan with a coupe-like profile too like the Audi A7.
Despite its bigger size as shown in the spy shots, the new Insignia should be lighter and more dynamic than the current model, largely thanks to the E2XX platform, which made its debut in the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. The platform was made to endure high-strength steel in its construction, allowing the Malibu to have about 300 pounds of savings in weight. The same can be expected for the new Insignia.
As for the drivetrains, front-wheel drive will be the standard, but there will also be an option for an all-wheel drive. There are speculations that the power would come from a 3-, 4- and 6-cylinder configurations, both in diesel and gasoline flavors.
A hybrid option and a sporty OPC are rumored. The latter is expected to be paired with the Regal GS.
Remember Opel’s Monza concept from 2013 and the more recent GT concept? The new Insignia will be likely influenced by these. We should see features such as Matrix LED headlights, semi-autonomous systems and an infotainment system with smartphone connectivity.
Plans are also being made for an Insignia Sports Tourer Wagon, which might be brought to the US as a new Buick wagon.
This new model is crucial for General Motors since the Insignia is sold both in Europe, US and China where it is called the Buick Regal.
The new Insignia is expected to make its debut late this year or early next year. There might be an appearance at the 2016 Paris Auto Show in September, though no confirmation has been made yet.
The Opel Ampera might be a flop when it was first released, failing to live up to the expectations, but for some reason, Opel thinks this new Ampera-E is going to be different. But the truth is, the Ampera-E is practically the same as the Chevy Bolt EV, which was announced back in January. Don’t expect anything new here aside from what we already saw in the Bolt EV.
On the exterior front, let’s not go into too much detail. The Ampera-E basically looks like the Bolt EV, except that with the camo on the headlight units, taillight units and the upper rear quarter, it makes us think there are minor differences there.
The Bolt EV’s headlights mesh seamlessly into the strip that runs along the car’s waistline. But since the Opel has this covered up, we’re thinking something new might come out when the camo is off. The Ampera-E logo would, of course, be positioned on the fender just beyond the taillight.
There are no spy shots of the car’s interior, but we’re betting it would look like the Bolt EV too with its three-tier console with an armrest at the rear, and the shifter in the middle. It also has a large horizontally-oriented infotainment screen in the center stack that goes well with the various HVAC controls.
Other things that would look similar to the Bolt EV are the digital instrument cluster, the steering wheel, and the center insert (which will have the Opel or Vauxhall insignia). The seats are two-toned—the front and the outside edges are in a lighter color, as well as the dashboard and the insert around the door handles.
You want space? The back seat can be laid down to provide more cargo space.
The 2017 Opel Ampera-E will be priced at $40,000 with taxes, options and destination fees.
Check out the spy shots of the car from Top Speed:
Spy shots of the 2017 Opel Insignia were recently seen out and about by Motor Authority as Opel engineers tested them out on the road. The new Insignia is slated to compete with the mid-size sedan segment, but by the looks of it, they are considerably growing and may rival some of the other larger models.
The 2017 Opel Insignia slightly look like the Audi A7, thanks to the design team’s decision to use a sloping, coupe-like profile.
The Insignia will be sold in Europe, the United States and even in China, where it will be badged as a Buick Regal. This is crucial for General Motors, which is looking to highly infiltrate these markets.
Although the Insignia may be bigger in size, it is expected to be lighter and more dynamic than the current model. This is all possible because of the E2XX platform.
The E2XX platform had its debut at the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, and boasts of its high strength steel in its construction. This allows any vehicle using the platform to have that heavy duty feel without the additional weight.
When it was launched, the platform had a weight saving of close to 300 pounds. The same is expected from the Insignia.
Other expectations from the Insignia’s specs include a front-wheel drive as standard (although an all-wheel drive should not be written off just yet) and either a 3-, 4-, or 6-cylinder configurations in diesel and gasoline options. It is also possible Opel may come out with a hybrid engine.
Aesthetically, the Opel Insignia will be influenced by the 2013 Monza concept and the more recent GT concept. As for technology, we expect to find Matrix LED headlights, semi-autonomous systems and IntelliLink infotainment with smartphone connectivity.
The 2017 Insignia is expected to be launched later this year or early next year. It may, however, have an early appearance at the 2016 Paris Auto Show in September, so stay tuned for that.