2009 Opel Insignia to replace Vectra
The awesome new Opel Insignia sedan is all set to replace the aging Vectra in Europe by this summer. Opel is sort of an abandoned nameplate in the GCC, as even parent company General Motors Middle East doesn’t bother mentioning Opel in their list of brands any more. Too bad, because this new model has to be the most stunning interpretation of a midsize sedan yet.
The Insignia is 21 cm longer and 5 cm wider than the Vectra it replaces, with a 35 mm longer wheelbase. Three models will be available, including a sedan, a liftback and a station wagon.
The Insignia will launch with seven engines. All come with either manual or automatic six-speed transmissions. The four gasoline engines range from a four-cylinder 115 hp unit to a V6 with 260 hp. The three new direct-injection diesels feature a displacement of 2.0 litres and outputs spanning from 110 to 160 hp. Subsequently the Insignia engine line-up will be expanded with an EcoFLEX version offering very low CO2 emissions in addition to other, more powerful variants.
The Opel Insignia will be shown at the London Motor Show this July and will hit showrooms in the UK this October. As for a GCC launch, we’re actually half-expecting GM to quietly kill the slow-selling Opel name here.