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2017 Opel Insignia Spied, Has OPC Wheels and Cadillac Brake Calipers

Before its debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show this fall, the second-generation Opel Insignia still has some testing to do. Our spy photographers caught the European brother of the 2018 Buick Regal dropping hot laps at the Nurburgring. Wait, what’s that?
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Zoom in on the photograph featured above. On the front left wheel. Zoom in some more. Yes, that’s an OPC alloy. Beyond it sits a Cadillac brake caliper. This is not the first time General Motors has worked in mysterious ways. If you look at the size of the brake discs or soft damper setting, it’s rather clear that this test mule is far from being an OPC-grade machine. Testing how the chassis responds to thumping great wheels is an important part of a new vehicle research & development process, so let’s leave it at that and move on.

The spy pics depicting the cabin design of the 2017 Opel Insignia reveal a touch-sensitive infotainment system, physical buttons for the audio system, and a few more buttons for the air conditioning. Compared to the too-busy dashboard of the outgoing Insignia, the second generation is bang on the money. The instrument cluster is lifted straight from the Opel Astra K and looks modern enough for most people.

Under the skin, the 2017 Opel Insignia and the 2018 Buick Regal employ the GM E2XX platform, which uses high-strength steel in its construction. Structural rigidity gains aside, the all-new E2XX architecture also promises to make the Insignia fitter than the current model. Look forward to a weight reduction of 140 kilos (300 lbs or so). In the oily bits department, four-cylinder turbo diesel and gasoline engines will have to do.

The 2017 Opel Insignia in sedan and station wagon forms will be built at the German manufacturer’s plant in Russelsheim. Opel will also launch a flagship SUV based on the second-generation Insignia by the decade’s end.

 
 
 
 
 

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