The New Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport

Rebecca Ives

By: Rebecca Ives

Arriving this summer, the Vauxhall Insignia has been reborn as the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport, offering contemporary styling, the latest technology and more efficiency than ever.

What will be immediately evident is that new bold exterior with slim-line headlamps and a prominent grille. Meanwhile, a lower roofline gives the Insignia Grand Sport a profile more reminiscent of a coupe than a sophisticated saloon, with the overall look of the car having been taken from the Monza Concept. As such, the Insignia Grand Sport is one of the most aerodynamic vehicles in its class with a drag factor of 0.26.

Vauxhall will later launch an estate version, which again features a similar sleek, low profile and dynamic, coupe-like appearance for a look that will effortlessly turns heads. A range of distinctive alloy wheel designs, meanwhile, will also add a sharper look to your Grand Sport, whichever model and colour you choose.

One headline figure sees Vauxhall employ the use of lightweight materials to cut the weight of the new model by an impressive 175kg. Despite this, the length of the car remains the same and the wheelbase has been increased to ensure that there is significantly more space for rear passengers and, with a change in roof height, the seating position has also been lowered to increase headroom.

Insignia Grand Sport Estate & saloon

Vauxhall has also ensured the new Insignia Grand Sport offers the best technology under its skin. Replacing the rear axle differential on the 2.0-litre petrol 4x4 version, 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.

Those IntelliLux LED matrix lights, meanwhile, provide 32 LED segments integrated into the headlamps of the Insignia Grand Sport 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.

Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport Rear

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 Grand Sport. Luggage capacity with seats folded is a very useful 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 Insignia Grand 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.

Insignia Grand Sport interior

On launch, there are various engine options, including an efficient 1.5-litre petrol unit and an economical 1.6-litre turbodiesel available in numerous guises. 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. As a result, the Insignia Grand Sport combines premium innovations with dynamic performance and low running costs. With a P11D as low as £16,930, BiK taxation from 23% and combined MPG up to 70.6, it makes perfect sense as a company car.

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.

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Official Government Test Environmental Data. Fuel consumption figures mpg (litres/100km) and CO2 emissions (g/km). New Insignia Grand Sport SRi 1.5 (165PS) Turbo: Urban 38.7 (7.3), Extra-urban 54.3 (5.2), Combined 47.1 (6.0). CO2 emissions: 136g/km.#. Official EU-regulated test data is provided for comparison purposes and actual performance will depend on driving style, road conditions and other non-technical factors.