• Jun 4, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Opel / Vauxhall Insignia

The first official look at the Opel Insignia's interior leaves us with the impression that Opel / Vauxhall's new sedan is going to be a nice place in which to log some miles. Put simply, the cockpit is identical to the one first shown in the slick-looking Opel GTC concept that debuted last year. Simple, attractive gauges are joined by amber lighting and a nice blend of plastics, brightwork, and other trim to create a driver-focused cockpit meant to be as usable as it is attractive. One of the little elements that's kind of cool is how the gauge lighting shifts from white to red when the car is put into sport mode. Expect even more info on the Insignia and plenty of closer looks at the cabin when the car debuts in London next month at the British International Motor Show. If you can't make it to London, just exercise a little patience, cross those fingers, and wait. This car will likely come Stateside as the next Saturn Aura at some point in the future. GM's official PR is pasted after the jump.


[Source: GM]

PRESS RELEASE:
PREMIUM FEEL AND STUNNING DESIGN DEFINE NEW INSIGNIA'S INTERIOR
  • First official shots of new Insignia's interior
  • Chronometer-inspired instruments
  • Use of high quality fabrics and materials
These are the very first official shots of the soon-to-be-launched Insignia's interior, showing the immense attention to detail Vauxhall's designers have lavished on the car's cabin. Highlights include chronometer-inspired instruments, use of high-quality fabrics and materials, and a unique instrument lighting system.

First impression is of Insignia's bold, wrap around interior, dominated by the signature 'wing' that flows from the front instrument panel and dives into the door panels. The surfaces from the exterior's 'blade' feature are echoed in the shape of the interior grab handle, where the bright accent material sweeps dramatically into the door armrest.

The cabin's interior lighting gives Insignia a unique night-time appearance. Vauxhall's designers have added a warm amber-coloured ambient light to enhance the night driving environment. The instrument cluster is illuminated white, but on pressing the 'Sport' button, the lighting turns red to match the surrounding illumination.

"This is a paradigm shift for Vauxhall," says John Puskar, Executive Director of Interior Design at GM Europe. "We wanted to create interior environments for all our future vehicles that are warm, inviting and sporty. The Insignia is the first evidence of this philosophy."

Cabin practicality will also raise the bar in Insignia's market sector. The centre console offers flexibility and intelligent design solutions, such as a space-liberating e-brake and separate multi-function control on certain models. Both the steering wheel and front seats have a huge range of adjustability to suit all shapes and sizes, while adjustable armrests, ergonomically placed controls, a multi-use storage box and MP3 connectivity will reinforce Insignia's appeal to private and business drivers.

"Every detail was meticulously thought through," says Jochen Werner, Insignia's Assistant Chief Interior Designer. "We even tipped the infotainment centre at a 30 degree angle to allow the centre console to flow and give the car's cabin a greater feeling of spaciousness."

Many of Insignia's interior design features will provide the DNA for future Vauxhall designs. Variations on sculptural artistry – the wing, flowing sculptural forms and a sporty dynamic environment – will be used moving forward, as Vauxhall refines and evolves its new-found design language.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Opel/Saturn turn into very nice vehicle. A far cry from the cheap econoboxes of the 90s. I actually the car on the picture.
      • 6 Years Ago
      One guy says its good this doesn't have one of those Idrive knobs. Another guy complains about the number of buttons on the dash. There's just no pleasing anyone in this country. LOL

      • 6 Years Ago
      The exterior is not something I find WOW but it's not offensive either. The interior, in my eyes, is great. I love how it wraps around in a curve, giving the impression of being the cockpit of some futuristic spacecraft.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dash/door panel gap boooo
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dazza,
        You kind of missed the point. The original post said:

        "Opel was sold in the US in the '70s. Opel has always had the best cars GM makes in the world."

        My point was that, no, Opel has not always made the best GM cars in the world. Are current Opels better than domesticly made GM product? Yes. Were they in the 70's? No. In the 70's Opels were junk, which is why GM quit importing them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      hopefully this car comes soon because it is something i would like to drive
      • 6 Years Ago
      Red illumination FTL.
        • 6 Years Ago
        red illumination is actually better for your night-vision outside the cabin.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "I agree, just call them Opels. That's what they are anyway and it wouldn't have the Saturn baggage. "



      Baggage?!?

      You mean like, the car will never fall apart baggage? Saturns are indestructible.

      Your wife might need a little education-by the way the Vue has a great interior too.

      I will be buying the Insignia.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice interior. don't like the seats though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really, really like the looks of this car, and love the interior.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Opel was sold in the US in the '70s. Opel has always had the best cars GM makes in the world.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, the Opels of the 70's were more poorly made than domestic GM product. They rusted out extremely fast and had electrical problems among others. That is why GM quit selling Cadets and GT's through it's Buick franchises- they just weren't good enough for the American market.
          • 6 Years Ago
          Holden: many cars were poorly built in the 1970's, whether they be from Germany, France, Britain, Italy, or the United States. But this is no longer the 1970's, and Opels are far better built than many domestic US GM products. Ride around in any Astra or Vectra, then hop on a transatlantic trip and then immediately climb into a Cobalt and/or Malibu and you'll see what I mean. That said, the latest Malibu is a vast improvement.
        • 6 Years Ago
        A friend bought a new green Opel GT in 1970 and it caught on fire on the way home from the dealer(60 miles away) and burned up, it was a fabulous car, yep.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not bad. Will be worth a look.

      Looks slick in black.

      It is a bit mazda and volvo S80-esque...
      • 6 Years Ago
      This looks so good, inside and out, that I'm having trouble believing these are production-spec pictures. Bring a wagon version to the states and give us some drivetrain options to satisfy sport- and economy-minded folks and this will be a hit.
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