Vauxhall’s new 2020 Insignia

22 January 2020

VAUXHALL’S new executive Insignia range will be virtually 20 per cent more fuel-efficient when it arrives here next month with prices of up to £40,000.

Emissions will be as low as 100g/km, which is exceptional for a large family model, and there will be a new range-topping GSi version added.

Such have been the recent advances in technology, a car as large as the Insignia can now use a fuel-sipping three-cylinder engine as small as just 1.4 litres.

These new engines are 50kg lighter than their predecessors whilst generating power of 145bhp and achieving economy in excess of 50mpg.

There will also be larger high-performance two-litre petrol engines with outputs of up to 230bhp and Vauxhall says that a diesel option will be added later this year.

The 2.0-litre petrol engines will come with cylinder deactivation for the first time, whereby half of the engine shuts down when cruising, to save even more fuel.

There will be a choice of transmissions comprising a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic with paddle shifts, plus the option of four wheel drive.

The GSi version also gets tuned suspension and distinctive red Brembo brakes.

Externally there is slightly revised styling with the aim of making the vehicles look wider and lower to create a coupe concept.

The front of the car has a new look to house the distinctive new IntelliLux LED headlights.

These now have more than 80 LED elements in each dipped beam, as opposed to just 16 in the current cars, which dramatically improves visibility for night driving. The rear of the car is revised to include a rear-view camera and rear cross traffic alert system.

Other safety systems now include forward collision with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, side blind spot alert, adaptive cruise control with emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, advanced park assist and head-up display.

Lining up alongside the new Insignia is the new Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid 4, with prices from £35,590.

It is Vauxhall’s first-ever plug-in hybrid, comprising an electric drive system with two electric motors, all-wheel drive, a 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery and a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine to generate a combined power output of 300bhp.

It is offered in four different trims, each with the same engine and emissions levels, with varying levels of equipment and technology. The Business Edition Nav Premium costs £35,590, which Vauxhall says  equates to a saving of £145 a month over a Grandland X Elite Nav 1.5 Turbo D and £50 over the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV over 48 months.

The SRi Nav is priced at £40,300, while the Elite Nav costs £42,200. Topping off the range is the Ultimate Nav at £45,450.