The New Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport 2017

Rebecca Ives

By: Rebecca Ives

Rebranded as the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport, it uses lightweight materials to cut the weight of the new model by 175kg, even though it has not changed in length. The roof height and overhangs, however, have been reduced.

The wheelbase has been increased to ensure that there is significantly more space for rear passengers and, with the change in roof height, the seat position has also been lowered to increase headroom.

The new Insignia Grand Sport has been given a bold exterior with slim-line headlamps and a prominent grille which sits slightly lower than the outgoing model. Due to the lower roofline the Insignia has a profile more reminiscent of a coupe than a sophisticated saloon, the overall look of the car having been taken from the Monza Concept first seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show nearly four years ago.

The insignia is one of the most aerodynamic vehicles in its class with a drag factor of 0.26. Replacing the rear axle differential, two electrically controlled multi-plate clutches provide all wheel drive with torque vectoring. This provides power to the road under variable conditions including snow and ice. Steering impulses are received via the controlled torque distribution to each wheel so, when taking a corner, the outside rear wheel receives additional torque that enables it to take the corner more precisely. As the system reacts almost instantaneously when the accelerator is pressed the car is easier to control and has more stability.

The IntelliLux LED matrix light provides 32 LED segments integrated into the headlamps of the Insignia and adapts to various traffic situations, improving visibility. Other driver assist features include a Head-up-Display that provides information on speed and traffic signs which can be projected onto the windscreen ensuring that the driver’s eyes remain on the road, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Comfort whilst driving is important and ergonomic seats with side bolster settings, including memory and ventilation functions as well as standard seat settings, are provided in the Insignia. Luggage capacity with seats folded is 1450 litres. With seats upright it still boasts a greater than average 490 litres. There is also a heated windscreen that improves visibility on cold days. The Grand Insignia Sport will also be the first car from Vauxhall with an aluminium bonnet to improve pedestrian protection.

Horizontal lines have been used on the dashboard to give it a wider appearance and a large LCD screen minimises the number of buttons, giving the car a more modern look. The latest OnStar technologies are installed, as well as smart phone connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A Wi-Fi Hotspot is available to connect up to seven devices alongside wireless charging capabilities.

There will be a large range of turbocharged engines and transmissions available on release. Standard models of the Insignia Grand Sport will be front wheel drive with a manual six-speed gearbox but there will be the option of a four wheel drive and eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Available in June 2017, the new Insignia Grand Sport will certainly continue to be a popular car. If you are thinking about upgrading then why not contact one of our Vauxhall Dealerships in Scarborough, Blackburn or Grantham today.