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1.6 Turbo Engine, New Infotainment Systems Added to Opel Insignia Lineup

After revealing the GT X Experimental as the new face of the brand, Opel turned its attention back to the real world. This time around, it’s the turn of the Insignia to receive a new engine option in the form of the 1.6 Direct Injection Turbo.
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Priced from €35,195 in Germany for the Grand Sport and also available for the Sports Tourer and Country Tourer, the engine comes with a close-coupled gasoline particulate filter. Thus meeting the Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard, including the Read Driving Emissions measured on public roads, the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder isn’t shabby at all.

Despite the small displacement, the engine is described as “lively” thanks to a maximum output of 200 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 280 Nm of torque from 1,650 to 4,500 rpm. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, with Opel offering an automatic as an optional extra. Capable of sprinting to 100 kph in 7.7 seconds, the Insignia 1.6 turbo will keep on accelerating until the speedometer shows 235 kph.

Fuel economy is ok-ish considering the size and weight of the mid-size sedan, with the German automaker quoting 6.5 – 6.3 liters per 100 kilometers on the combined cycle. Models equipped with the slushbox feature FlexRide as standard, translating to more comfort or sportiness depending on the driving scenario.

In addition to the engine, Opel is much obliged to offer the next generation of Multimedia and Multimedia Navi Pro infotainment systems to the Insignia. The more expensive option can be matched to a head-up display.

In related news, did you know that Opel and Vauxhall turned a profit of €502 million in the first half of the year? That’s something different for the European manufacturer, more so if you bear in mind that Opel and Vauxhall under General Motors have been losing billions of euros since 1999.

To date, more than 155,000 examples of the all-new Insignia have been ordered. It’s not clear, however, if Opel includes Holden and Buick in the count as well.

 
 
 
 
 

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