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2017 Opel Insignia B Looks Like a Premium Sedan in the First Renderings

It was only a few days ago that we got to see the very first spy photos of the all-new second-generation Opel Insignia. After the VW Passat revived the mid-size sedan market, every new contended look a little bit more exciting, this being no exception.
2017 Opel Insignia B Looks Like a Premium Sedan in the First Renderings 3 photos
2017 Opel Insignia B Looks Like a Premium Sedan in the First Renderings2017 Opel Insignia B Looks Like a Premium Sedan in the First Renderings
We knew somebody on the www might not be able to resist making a rendering based on the spyshots and the new Opel design language. We were right, as RM Design brought the goods today.

We have two images, one from the front and another from the rear, revealing what the next sedan from Germany might look like. Several design elements are taken from Astra K and a few concept cars shown in recent years, especially the Monza.

The Insignia is a brand new nameplate for the Opel and Vauxhall brands. That's because the Vectra that preceded it was so bad, it came with a negative emotional package for most European consumers.

The next generation Insignia should continue to be offered in three slightly different body styles. The 4-door sedan is important for the exports sent to America (Buick Regal) while the 5-door notchback sedan remains the most popular choice in Europe. A 5-door wagon is also certain, but the Country Tourer could be discontinued after being pulled from the UK market earlier this year.

According to our information, the Insignia B will be slightly longer, adding another 100mm to the wheelbase to better compete with the Renault Talisman. The model should also lose some weight by using the latest D2XX platform developed by General Motors.

The new Astra managed to shed up to 200 kilos using the same trick, but it's unreasonable to expect the same from the enlarged Insignia. Efficiency is on everyone's minds at the moment. Following the lead set by the Passat GTE, Opel will reportedly combine electricity and a petrol engine to make a plug-in hybrid version of its big car, probably using one of its smallest turbocharged mills.

 
 
 
 
 

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