Opel is a German based car manufacturer well known for coming up with exceptional middle class cars like the 2016 Opel Insignia. The name insignia comes from the Latin word “insigne” which means ‘coats of arms’. The 2016 Opel Insignia, which was launched in 2013 as a replacement to Opel’s Vectra and Signum models, is known by different names in different countries, for instance, in Britain the car is known as the 2016 Vauxhall Insignia, in Oceania they call it the 2016 Holden Insignia while at the same time the Chinese know it as the 2016 Buick Regal.
The company is also in the process of re-launching this middle class marvel in New Zealand and Australia. The 2016 Opel Insignia is expected to come with a facelift from the current version with the maker’s main goal being to change the car’s platform, so Opel fanatics do have something to look forward to.
In this review of the 2016 Opel Insignia, we get to look at the car’s specifications, price, interior and exterior appearance to see whether the car meets the expectations of the buyers.
2016 Opel Insignia – Exterior Photos
For those of you who seem a bit confused by the resemblance of the 2016 Opel Insignia to the 2013 Opel Monza Concept, there’s no need to stress about that anymore. Apparently the 2016 Opel Insignia’s design was greatly borrowed from the 2013 Opel Monza Concept owing to the fact that its basis has front-wheels Epsilon II platform.
The car’s body material is made of aluminum which reduces its overall weight and in turn lowers fuel consumption while at the same time gives a firm basis. This change also boosts the car’s overall strength. From the front, one can spot fresh grilles, modern design headlights on the redesigned front bumper. From the rear view, everything seems to be the same as before most likely to preserve the car’s customary look.
The 2016 Opel Insignia has four passenger doors and comes in various body variants in that there’s a sedan, station wagon and hatchback version of the 2016 Opel Insignia.
2016 Opel Insignia Interior Changes
Form the interior, the 2016 Opel Insignia expresses a classy and sporty look. On the dashboard, there’s an 8” touch screen complemented by an updated navigation system and an infotainment system. The car also supports internet radio, Bluetooth and iPhone phone connectivity.
That’s not all, the driver also has ease in controlling most of the car’s consoles since the steering wheel has control buttons mounted on it. Other techy installments include automatic air conditioning system, USB connectivity among others. On security, the car comes with lane change assistance, air glasses and Speed Adaptive Cruise Control for the driver.
The seats are upholstered in premium leather just to top the list of stylish installments in it.
Engine Specs – 2016 Opel Insignia
Under the hood, slight changes have been made. The current 2016 Opel Insignia comes with petrol or diesel engines but the Opel manufacturer plans to switch, in the oncoming insignias, to a gasoline powered engine instead.
On power output, there is no specific yield due to the availability of different engine options. For instance, the petrol powered models comes with a 1.4ltr inline-4 engine yielding 140hp. There’s also a 1.6ltr i-4 yielding 170hp, a 1.8ltr yielding 140hp, a 2ltr i-4 yielding 200-250hp and a 2.8ltr V6 yielding 260-325hp. The diesel engines include 2ltr i-4 yielding at least 120-195hp.
The 2016 Opel Insignia will come with an impressive 0-60Mph acceleration in record time 7 seconds. The car will be able to achieve a maximum speed of up to 142Mph (230Km/h). Its fuel economy is yet to be released but the manufacturer says that major improvements have been made on the same. The 1.4ltr basic model is expected to use on average 5ltrs of petrol while the 2.0ltr diesel will use a liter less, 4ltrs to be precise.
On transmission, buyers will have a choice on whether to go with the 6-speed manual or the 6-speed automatic transmission. In a nutshell, the manufacturer is optimistic that the 2016 Opel Insignia will offer better performance and fuel economy than the previous version.
Price and Release Date of the New Opel Insignia 2016
The 2016 Opel Insignia is set to hit the motor market at the 2015 – 2016 border. This means that the car will be on sale late this year onto early next year, 2016. Owing to the fact that the car comes in very many forms and engines, the price is not specific but the basic model will be going for at least USD $22,000 up to USD $60,000 for the other versions.