Improvements at every turn

by Michael Moroney
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The new Opel Insignia has arrived at Dublin Opel dealerships in the last few weeks with a new styling and design that refreshes the model in a very significant way. Opel claims that the new Insignia weighs up to 175kg less than its predecessor and is more aerodynamic to ensure improved fuel economy across the range.
The wheelbase of the new Insignia has been extended by 92mm, its overhangs have been reduced and its tracks widened by 11mm.
The car has a lower sweeping roofline, coupled with a prominent grille with slim-line headlamps and a new rear end high-tech look.
On the inside there is a lower driving position with wrap around cockpit. The dash area includes a frameless touch screen and Opel OnStar personal assistance system at the touch of a button.
The centre stack area has been designed with three functional zones of controls (from top to bottom: infotainment / climate / assistance systems) to facilitate quick and easy operations. The Insignia is available with a wide range of latest-generation turbocharged engines and transmissions, which have been designed to provide real-life fuel efficiency and low fuel costs. For petrol, the new 1.5 litre Turbo 140bhp unit replaces the outgoing 1.4-litre Turbo unit, while the diesel choice includes Opel’s 1.6 in both 110 and 136bhp outputs as well as the higher output 2.0-litre 170bhp diesel. Both the 1.6 136bhp and 2.0-litre 170bhp units are available in both manual and automatic transmission.
The top of the range 2.0-litre Turbo petrol 260bhp unit comes with the new eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring.

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