Opel’s midsized Insignia will make its Australian sales debut in September, arriving in Sedan and Sports Tourer wagon form.
The Insignia range is set to compete with higher-spec versions of established medium offerings, including the Honda Accord Euro and Mazda6 ranges. Like the Mazda, the Insignia comes with a choice of two engine options.
The line-up opens with the petrol sedan at $38,490, topping out with the ‘Insignia Select’ Sports Tourer diesel priced at $48,490.
The Insignia range features two engines: one petrol, and one diesel. Both are 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder units, available with both the sedan and wagon bodystyles.
The petrol 2.0 litre turbocharged engine features direct injection, and produces 162kW and 350Nm of torque, with maximum torque produced between 2000-4000rpm.
The petrol engine - like the diesel - is tied to a six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission, and Opel promises a 0-100km/h time of 7.8 seconds for the sedan, and 8.1 seconds for the heavier Sports Tourer.
Fuel consumption for petrol sedan models is a claimed 8.8 l/100km on the combined cycle, with the wagon rated at 9.0 l/100km.
CO2 figures are a claimed 206g/km for the sedan, and 211g/km for the wagon.
The turbodiesel 2.0 litre engine produces 118kW and a petrol-matching 350Nm of torque, produced over a narrower 1750-2500rpm torque band.
The diesel models promise a 0-100km/h time of 9.6 seconds for the sedan, and 10.1 seconds for the wagon.
Fuel economy is where the diesel Insignias impress, with a 5.7l/100km for the sedans and 6.0l/100km for the wagons comparing favourably with the manual-only diesel in the Mazda6 hatch and wagons.
Diesel CO2 figures are 151g/km for the sedans, and 157g/km for the wagon models.
The suspension package for both sedan and wagon bodystyles includes McPherson struts up front, with multilink in the rear.
Steering assistance is provided by a hydraulic system in petrol models, with diesel models using a hydro-electric setup.
All Insignias come quite well stocked for their price points, comparing with their targeted higher level Accord Euro and 6 competition.
The basic Insignia comes with leather steering wheel and seating (heated front), cruise control, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlamps, seven-speaker audio with USB and iPod connectivity, Bluetooth telephony, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Satellite navigation remains a $1500 option, with 18-inch alloys also available and any colour aside from Summit White will cost a further $695.
The higher-spec Insignia 'Select' models add standard satellite navigation with a seven-inch display, LED daytime running lamps, bi-xenon headlamps, adaptive forward lighting (with nine different lighting modes), perforated leather trim faces, extendable front cushions, sports steering wheel and alloy pedals.
The front seats are also AGR (Aktion Gesunder Rüken e.V.) accredited, having received an award for ergonomic excellence from the German back-health organisation.
The Insignia carries a 5-star Euro NCAP rating, with dual front, side, and curtain airbags, stability control, and ABS standard on all models.
Two-way active head restraints are standard on the entry Insignia, with four-way units standard on Select models.
Both bodystyles share a 2737mm wheelbase, though the Sports Tourer’s longer rear overhang increases overall length by 78mm to total 4908mm.
All models feature a 60/40 split-folding rear backrest, with both bodystyles claiming 500 litres of cargo space with the rear seats upright.
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- Insignia Sedan 2.0T Petrol auto - $38,490
- Insignia Sedan 2.0T Diesel auto - $39,990
- Insignia Select Sedan 2.0T Petrol auto - $44,990
Insignia Select Sedan 2.0T Diesel auto - $46,490
Sports Tourer wagon
- Insignia Sports Tourer 2.0T Petrol auto - $40,490
- Insignia Sports Tourer 2.0T Diesel auto - $41,990
- Insignia Select Sports Tourer 2.0T Petrol auto - $46,990
- Insignia Select Sports Tourer 2.0T Diesel auto - $48,490
Note: prices exclude on-road costs.