Opel To Launch Insignia Hatch-Sedan At British Motor Show

2009 Opel Insignia GM Europe is preparing to debut the 2009 Opel Insignia hatchback and sedan variants at the 2008 British Motor Show in London. The new Insignia is based on Epsilon II platform and will be replacing the Opel Vectra. Europe will get the option of seven powertrains to choose from including four gas and three diesel models all mated to six speed transmission.

The four gasoline engines range from a four-cylinder 115 hp unit to a V6 with 260 hp. Three new direct-injection turbo-diesels exclusively developed for the Insignia feature a displacement of 2.0 liters and power outputs spanning from 110 to 160 hp.

The newly developed chassis for Insignia can be enhanced with the innovative, integrated FlexRide mechatronic system, as well as the sophisticated Adaptive 4x4. The length of both the notchback and hatchback, at 4,830 mm, and the wheelbase of 2,737 mm remain the same. The Insignia's fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and driving dynamics benefit from the aerodynamic efficiency that was perfected during more than 650 hours in the wind tunnel. The result: A class-leading drag coefficient of 0.27.

Prices for the U.K., Ireland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland will be announced July 22 in London and cars will hit German dealerships before the end of the year. Opel expects both models to sell in about equal numbers but U.K. and France enjoy a high market share for 5-door sedans in the mid-size class segment.

Source: TheyReviewed
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