• Apr 14, 2008
Click any of the images for a gallery of the Opel Insignia.

The folks at AutoWeek.nl decided to take the wind out of Opel's sails by posting images of the new Insignia before it released official information later this week. We've seen the basic shape and several details of the Insignia when Opel sent out "official" spy shots of their new D-segment player (think Mondeo, Passat), but these newest pictures tell the whole tale, sans artful camouflage.

Due to hit dealers in Europe this October, the Insignia will replace the Vectra and come equipped with a handful of diesel- and gasoline-powered engines, ranging in displacement from 1.6- to 2.8-liters. Both 1.6-liter and a 2.0-liter turbocharged engines will be equipped in the entry level models, with a 250 hp, 2.8-liter V6 powering the range-topper. Diesel mills packing 1.9-liters of displacement and outputting 120 to 150 hp will also be offered, and there's also talk of a 180 hp, 1.9-liter turbo and a 2.9-liter V6 diesel.

The Insignia is relevant to those of us in the States since it will likely replace the Saturn Aura in the next few years. The styling is a slight step above Saturn's current sedan, with an attractive front clip and a rather dynamic swage line that begins aft of the front fender and runs parallel with the rocker panels.

The Opel Insignia will be publicly debuted at the London Motor Show this July and we should see a Saturn variant making its way to the U.S. sometime around the turn of the decade.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who thinks that character line behind the front fender is taken from the vents on the IS-F?
        • 6 Years Ago
        No you're not the only one who noticed that afrokaze. This car also has hints of Bangle styling, flame surfacing like many cars do nowadays.
        • 6 Years Ago
        While similar, it's taken from the Opel GTC concept, which debuted at the 2007 Geneva show. That was two months after the IS-F concept at the 2007 Detroit show. So it's likely coincidental since the GTC was probably already styled when the IS-F was revealed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks great inside and out! One of the best mid-size sedan designs other than the Malibu. I wish GM would bring it here sooner.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks very upscale.

      So upscale they could justifiably price it out of Camcord land - which the "D segment, Passat competitor" descriptor alludes to.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks pretty good, a much better use of that swoopy thing on the side than the lexus fish gill. This car looks better everywhere too. I like the design cues that look like they are taken from cadillac on the interior also.

      I agree with the above comment about looking more upscale than a camry, could be priced accordingly and sell.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This looks way better than any other mid size sedan
      • 6 Years Ago
      Forget about the turn of the decade, how about brining it over as a 2009.5!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its nice, but a bit boring (thinking Toyota). Oh well, that is what people want.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No doubt that it looks nice, but that is about it. Compared to the sexy concept, this is way too toned down.

      Same thing happened to the new Jag - superb concept, and than it comes out with those horrendous headlights...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks nice. Too bad Saturn will find a way to dumb it down and make it look less sleek and sporty.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A US plant will probably be retooled to build this car for Saturn. Some of the styling or interior touches will probably be different like they are on the Saturn VUE which is made here and also made in Europe and sold as the Opel Antara.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Opel Antara is made in Korea.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No! Please don't bring this over as the new Aura ... I'd much rather see this with the Saab nose on it as the new 9-3. Anyone here have the photochop skills to make that happen?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nees more buttons for those with ADHD design tastes
        • 6 Years Ago
        ...almost as many buttons as the boring Accord.
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