• Jul 3rd 2008 at 12:02PM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Opel Insignia.

GM's European branch is planning a big debut later this month at the British Motor Show in London for one of its most important mainstream models. The new Insignia is replacing the venerable Vectra and brings with it a whole new design language. We got our first preview of the new look on last years GTC and Flextreme concepts. In London, Opel will be displaying hatchback and sedan variants of the Epsilon II-based Insignia, with the sharp edged look of the Vectra replaced with smoother flowing lines and scooped out side panels. European drivers will have seven engines to choose from including four gas and three diesel models, all with six speed gearboxes. The four- and six-cylinder gas engines range from 115 hp to 260 hp, while the 2.0L diesel fours get 110-160 hp variants. The Insignia will also be available with a version of the Haldex torque vectoring all wheel drive system used on the Saab Turbo-X. GM plans to announce pricing for the new model on July 22 in London with sales later this fall, and don't be surprised if the Insignia makes the trip across the Atlantic and receives a Saturn badge in the process. The Opel press release is after the jump.

[Source: General Motors]

Opel Insignia celebrates double premiere at the London Motor Show

· Choice between equally elegant and dynamic notchback and hatchback
· Sleek, aerodynamic body has class-leading Cd value of 0.27
· The New Opel Insignia notchback and hatchback on sale before the end of the year

Opel will showcase to the public for the first time at the British International Motor Show (July 23 – August 3) both the four-door notchback and five-door hatchback versions of its new flagship car, the Insignia.

The new Opel Insignia highlights breathtaking design: Both body styles boast a flowing, muscular yet elegant silhouette with a coupé roofline. Designers of the new car deliberately created similar versions to retain the beauty of Opel's latest mid-sized car. The length of both the notch 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.

Offering both the notchback and hatchback from the start is particularly important for markets such as the U.K. and France, where 5-door sedans traditionally enjoy a high market share of the mid-size class segment. German and Spanish customers, on the other hand, generally prefer notchback sedans. 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.

From the beginning, the Insignia will be launched with a broad line-up of motors. Seven engines will be available; all meet Euro 5 emissions standards and come coupled with six-speed transmissions. 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 can be enhanced with the innovative, integrated FlexRide mechatronic system, as well as the sophisticated Adaptive 4x4. Its lightning-fast distribution of torque over the four wheels ensures top stability and traction while improving dynamic handling performance.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I think the Saturn version, with its longer wheelbase, will look perfect.

      The one thing that irks me about this car is that the wheelbase looks...smushed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cue up, "Bring it over now!!!" demands.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Of course, we'd only get the hatch. But what ever happened to the worrying? http://www.autoblog.com/2008/06/27/2010-saturn-aura-put-on-hold/
      • 7 Years Ago
      Personally I think the reason the Insignia is on "hold" is one of two things:

      Call me a cynic but I think the most likely scenario is that divisional heads outside of GM have had some chances to sit and drive the Insignia and don't want Saturn to get it for fear that it will embarass their divisions in multiple ways (engineering, ride and drive, etc) and possibly cannablize their sales. I trully think the feifdom building and general politics in GM play just as big a part in their failure as the bean counters do.

      My second theory is what many others have predicted and that is that Saturn won't be around come 2010.

      I have other theories but their not worth bothering with at this date and time of evening

      Regardless, what is very frustrating is that by the time this thing launches (if ever) in the US it will be, from a platform standpoint, two or three years old and as is always the case with nearly every brand sold here (not just GM) we get an "all new" vehicle that is really "old".

      If GM could just shut it's doors and only financially bankrupt the execs and board members that steered the titanic into the iceberg that would be great.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Very nice work. Glad to see design finally (with few exceptions) making it's way into the GM umbrella. Thsi is a great looking machine and will sell well if priced correctly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it would be a mistake to give this Saturn. I've always thought the Aura should have gone to Chevy as a new Malibu. WHY? Dealer network! I live in a city with 3 Saturn dealerships, the nearest being 15 minutes away. Not a big beal for me to see a Saturn.

      However, my family lives in a part of the state where the 2 nearest Saturn dealerships are 50 miles away in oposite directions. Road and traffic make this an hour+ drive to either dealer. OTOH, there are some 6 Chevy dealerships within 20 minutes of them, the nearest being 5 minutes away. Most folks in their neck of the woods have never heard of a Saturn Aura. Saturn is a non-entity!
      • 7 Years Ago
      call me crazy (then proceed to eff off) but I actually think the Aura and to a lesser extent the Malibu are more attractive...still very nice though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just looking at this car...You just know it's a hit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It would be nice to see a nice looking hatchback like the Insignia in the US market.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I do not like the body line that cuts up the front doors. I'll pass. oh wait, i would have passed anyway, no hatchback.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I used to see the future Saturn version of the Insignia every day at work until a few weeks ago when it was rumored to be cancelled, now the car is gone. The rumor is that the car didn't pass U.S. emissions or safety laws so they killed it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd love to see a coupe version with Bentley coupe inspired styling and quad headlights like the upcoming Mercedes e class.
      They need to do that for the US Malibu too.Maybe call it the Monte Carlo.
      Just some ideas ,for what it's worth, GM.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car was going to replace the Aura, now that plan is "on hold" as GM's circling the drain accelerates.
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