A new high-performance version of Vauxhall's large hatchback introduced.

Autocar UK, By Trinkwon


© Image credited by Haymarket Media Group | Refreshed Vauxhall Insignia range features 227bhp GSi flagship


Vauxhall has confirmed the updated 2020 version of the Insignia large family car will be headlined by a 227bhp 2.0-litre GSi performance model.
The flagship GSi model, which was unveiled at the Brussels motor show, is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that also produces 258lb ft of torque at 1500-4000rpm. The power is delivered through a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
The high-performance hatchback has also been fitted with a four-wheel-drive that utilizes a torque vectoring system, which aids handling in corners, according to Vauxhall. The GSi also gets Brembo four-piston brakes, new adaptive FlexRide suspension, and tweaks to the steering.
The details of the GSi were revealed alongside full details of a revamped engine line-up for the Insignia. The entry-level unit will be three-cylinder 1.4-liter petrol with 143bhp and 174lb ft, using a six-speed manual gearbox, with a WLTP-certified fuel economy from 45.6mpg.
As well as the 227bhp version, the 2.0-liter engine will be offered in 197bhp guise, also using the nine-speed automatic ’box. That unit is the first Vauxhall engine to feature cylinder deactivation to reduce fuel consumption, with the lower-powered version having WLTP fuel economy starting from 37.2mpg, compared with the more powerful unit's 33.2mpg.
There will be one diesel engine in the launch line-up: a 1.5-litre three-cylinder unit producing 120bhp and 221lb ft and returning an official 57.6mpg. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel will be launched later this year.
Vauxhall says the three-cylinder engines are up to 50kg lighter than the versions featured in the outgoing model. 
Confirmation of the engine line-up comes shortly after Vauxhall revealed a number of exterior changes and upgraded interior technology for the Insignia.
The front has been restyled, with an expanded, chrome-edged radiator grille and adaptive-beam Intellilux LED headlights leading the raft of revisions.
Vauxhall claims the facelifted Insignia looks “lower and wider than before” without any specific dimension changes, while the overall design is intended to be “sharper and more coupĂ©-like”.
Inside, the graphics on the navigation system have been improved to give what Vauxhall claims is a “fresher, more modern appearance”, alongside new wireless smartphone charging.
Vauxhall will be hoping that sales for the new Insignia improve on the outgoing model’s, which have more than halved in Europe over the past decade. In response to this, the range was recently streamlined, with the Sports Tourer variant being taken off sale.
The updated Insignia can be purchased from next month. While Vauxhall has not specified prices, Autocar expects a small price increase of around £500 to be announced then. Deliveries will begin in May.
This article was originally published in Autocar UK.
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