2012 OPEL INSIGNIA
Opel's 2009 European Car of the Year has come in for an upgrade. The 2012 Insignia gains GM's 1.4 litre turbocharged petrol engine and an uprated 2.0 litre turbo engine for the all-wheel-drive variants.
Already driving the Australian-delivered Holden Cruze, the 1.4 litre four-cylinder turbo produces 103kW and 200Nm of torque.
In the Insignia, the new engine replaces the outgoing 1.8 litre unit and, paired with a six-speed manual transmission, brings fuel consumption down to 5.9 l/100km.
Top speed for the 1.4 litre models is listed at 205km/h, and the 0-100km/h shuffle is over in 10.9 seconds.
For the 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine, the all-wheel-drive Insignia models offer a more spritely 7.5 second run to 100km/h.
Power for the 2.0 litre engine has been boosted to 184kW and 400Nm of torque (up by 22kW and 50Nm), while top speed is 250km/h and fuel consumption is listed at 8.4 l/100km - improved by 0.5 l/100km.
The pre-upgrade 2.0 litre turbo engine remains an option for the front-wheel-drive variants, producing 162kW and listing fuel consumption at 7.6 l/100km - again a 0.5 l/100km improvement.
All variants also benefit from an engine start/stop system, along with a more aerodynamic underbody and low rolling-resistance tyres.
With an Australian launch scheduled for sometime next year, expect the updated Insignia to headline in a local line-up.