2012 Opel Insignia Brings 1.4L 140HP ecoFlex, 2.0L 250HP Turbo

The Insignia was a huge step forward from the Vectra, and Opel has now introduced us to the 2012 model year. This latest variant brings a number of upgrades that cover the mid-power engine, 1.4-liter turbo with eco-credentials, and 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol, which will be available across Europe.

The newly developed 1.4 turbo ecoFLEX gasoline engine is doing great in the smaller Astra, but it’s not to shabby in the Insignia either, especially in combination with the car’s six-speed manual transmission, Start/Stop technology, power steering, aerodynamic underbody paneling and size 225/50 R 17 low-rolling-resistance tires, it is the most economical gasoline engine in the entire mid-size class segment.

The 1.4 replaces a 1.8-liter naturally aspirated unit that also put out 140 horsepower, but fuel consumption has been reduced by two liters in the sedan to 5.7 liters per 100 kilometers, while CO2 emissions are reduced by 45 grams to 134 grams per kilometer.

Even though economy is the main focus, the unit still need to be poky, so Opel boasts a 0-100km/h sprint time of 10.9 seconds and a top speed of 205km/h.

Onto the 2.0-liter Turbo, which pulls the Insignia 4x4 from zero to 100km/h in 7.5 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. This is thanks to the 250 horsepower available to the driver’s right foot.

The 2012 model year Insignia will bow at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show in September, where we’ll get a chance to see what ecoFlex is all about. There’s no talk of the pricing across the range, but the base model will cost €23,330.

autoevolution will be attending the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, so stay tuned for some real up close and personal shots of the vehicles, as well as for first-hand details of the motorized contraptions presented at the event.
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