Listen to the changes restyled model Opel Insignia

Listen to the changes restyled model Opel Insignia

Robert Есенов, 1 day ago. Photo Drive and Opel’s

Orders рестайлинговую Инсигнию Russian dealers will begin to take at the end of October, and the first client machines access to showrooms in November. Estate of cross Country Tourer will be available then, but the price tag is unlikely to be attractive. At least in Germany for asking 36 990 Euro (1 605 246 roubles).

P why the same car somewhere basks in the glory and commercial success, and was collecting the crumbs from the table after a meal competitors? In Europe model Opel Insignia since 2008 has received more than 50 international awards, including the title of «Car of the year 2009», and for five years the plant in Russelsheim made more than 600 thousand Инсигний, a great part of them settled in the Old world. On the European market of insignia better in the class D+ is only sold Volkswagen Passat. And what have we? Model diverges no matter from April 2009 to December 2012 dispersed just 10 927 machines. And it was in very specific reasons, with which the Germans during the restyling sorted out.

From April 2009 through August 2013 in Russia sold 13 678 Инсигний. For comparison, in one only of the 2012 Ford Mondeo sold 15 003, Volkswagen Passat and Mazda6 12 065 and 10 223 machines respectively. Best of insignia in 2012 (4706 pieces) were even Skoda Superb (5192) and expensive Volkswagen Passat CC (5026). According to the creators of insignia, its main competitors in the Old world — Volkswagen Passat, Ford Mondeo, Peugeot 508 and Skoda Octavia. It is unclear that this list makes the Czech model.

What happened in our market? Anybody ask all liked machine. As the Jaguars and Alfa Romeo, who everyone likes, until the case comes to shopping. «Insignia — the most beautiful in the class!» they told me many. Yes, and the rates were adequate at the level of competitors in the segment. The reason is banal — a strange choice of engines. Their wide range of suggested the existence of a relatively available petrol versions with automatic transmission. Двухпедальными could be or machines with diesel 2.0 CDTi (on diesel had to 25% of the total number of sold Инсигний), or execution with a petrol engine 2.0 Turbo, which 220 or 249 forces, that for the majority still a bit much.

The Germans claim that the hatchback and wagon Opel Insignia are the most streamlined among other cars with similar types of body. Drag coefficient is equal to 0.25 and 0.28 respectively. These results are relevant for diesel versions automatically closes at high speed shutter is in the front bumper, improves the aerodynamics of 8%. These blinds are closed for faster heating of the motor during a cold start.

Entering the position of the Russians, the Germans have revised range of versions for our country. Exclusively «mechanics» will now be equipped with only the machine with the 140-strong atmospheric motor 1.8, which is to become the baseline. And all the rest of the units are available with two types of transmissions. This brand new turbo 1.6 SIDI (170 PS to 280 N•m mode overboost), and upgraded the supercharged Quartet 2.0 SIDI (249 HP, 400 N•m), and a familiar turbodiesel engine 2.0 CDTi (163 «horses» and to 380 N•m). Двухлитровые engines can be supplemented with four-wheel drive transmission, combined with шестидиапазонным «automatic». Although, the Europeans in addition to these motors are available 1.4 Turbo (140 PS, up to 220 N•m) and 2.0 CDTi in other variants forces (120-195 forces, 320-400 Newton-meters).

Beautiful and very comfortable steering wheel with perforated trim and reinforced rim, metal pedal pads, more relief seat and the original lever gearbox components of the package OPC Interior Line. Material of internal furnish of a slightly better quality and level of Assembly slightly higher.

And in General reworked line of modifications — this is the least made by experts of Opel company during the upgrade. Changes will be enough for a new generation! The team of designers headed by mark Adams seriously подретушировала appearance of insignia — there are new bumpers (due to the increasing length on 5-12 mm depending on body), optics, grille and wheels. In the cabin there was a place partially virtual instrument panel, new steering wheel, center console with the changed blocks of audio and двухзонного climate control, multimedia system of new generation with improved display and touchpad, recognizing handwriting. Of course, active safety supplemented with electronic assistants from the adaptive cruise control to a system of surveillance for traffic behind the car.

The dashboard has radically changed — instead of four dials in individual wells appeared eight-inch display, which shows the speedometer and different animated menus cluster. Block climate control became more obvious, but the touch of a button temperature changes will not perceive the pressing with short pauses. Multimedia system IntelliLink is the development of a new generation. More opportunities, larger display with touch screen (diagonal — 8 inches) with improved graphics, touchpad with a good feedback… But why, as before, use this inconvenient, and the multimedia complex of works with delays?

Instead of rubberized swinging up-down of headbands on the spokes of the steering wheel there were convenient cross-shaped button, as джойстиках game consoles. The buttons above the Central display are responsible for changing modes mechatronic chassis Flex Ride and activation system for tracking traffic strip and Parktronic with Parking assistant. Last steer himself does not know how, but helps to find a place and provides tips on the Central display in the Parking lot.

Moreover, engineers lot of attention is paid to the technical stuffing. About new and upgraded engines we have already said. Reconfiguring subjected to suspension and steering. For example, a rear многорычажка refreshed by 60%. Front and rear mounted new levers, springs and shock absorbers (henceforth with rebound springs), anti-roll bars. For machines with мехатронным FlexRide chassis rewritten soft control electronics. But the most notable innovation newness of insignia — unprecedented hitherto version of the universal terrain. Your Allroad now have Opel — it’s called Insignia Country Tourer and will be available at us with engines to 163 and 249 forces. Although Europeans have still 195-strong битурбодизельный option.

The attitude of the hatchback Insignia to passengers not the most humane. If the front all is well, then the back of her riders on their heads is the roof. Good place before kicking in abundance, although the average passenger on the back of the sofa life spoil the highest Central tunnel.

Another thing wagon! On the back of the sofa of cargo-and-passenger version to be nicer — free space in the head significantly more. Seat approved by the German Association of health back AGR (Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V.), listed as option: half sold in Germany Инсигний equipped with such seats.

Default of insignia are equipped with set for repairing punctures. In this case, the hatchback trunk volume is equal to 530-1470 l, while the wagon — 540-1530 HP Double floor is unavailable when laid on the bottom of the spare wheel. When the door is open the trunk (drive — option) versions of Sports Tourer and Country Tourer only relatively small additional lamps, reminiscent of a universal car VAZ-2102.

But in the way at first we will go on хэтчбеке with 170-horsepower gasoline engine. According to the specialists of the Russian office of Opel, the greatest demand will have to at the machine with this unit. However, the test Insignia we got in combination with six-speed «mechanics»and not with шестидиапазонным «automatic». A great engine! With so many traction in such a wide operating range, you very rarely need to access the короткоходному lever switch and very non-informative stress test and its long-clutch pedal. Barely arrow tachometer перемахнет through the mark of 1500 rpm, as the Quartet begins with commendable zeal to pull in пятидверку mass 1571 kg RSS moment whips up to 4250 rpm, which is achieved peak power.

On автобанных speeds the stability of the vehicle regardless of the version of amazing. No trouble at a speed and steering, which on the responsiveness and effort becomes optimal.

Later exchanged with colleagues on a 140-HP diesel Opel in the «green» performance EcoFlex. Insignia hatchback with such a «Quartet» of 2.0 CDTi and manual transmission (the other is not provided) consumes passport consumption 3.7 liters per 100 km and emits only 99 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. Usually these machines lead you into despondency, but not this time. Modest loss in acceleration to 100 km/h in comparison with petrol 1.6 SIDI (10,5 with against 9.2) turbodiesel compensates for even greater draught (370 N•m against 280) and more of a fast-response gas. And feel this Insignia did not slower than gasoline when accelerations with medium speeds, although weighs version with diesel 1613 kg Another plus is more elastic clutch pedal with a lower speed.

Turns this car is not afraid of them can be easily and confidently. Their habits updated Insignia reminds now Mondeo, which is on the balance of the chassis is one of the best in the class.

Petrol turbo 2.0 SIDI you can try only Parking Country Tourer. This means the obligatory presence of a full drive, which brings the operating weight of up to 1843 kg Yes, on the autobahn 249-strong engine turns you if not the king, but certainly in the Prince — top speed of 235 km/H. But in other conditions, you can’t help thinking that in the stall lack of «horses». According to the passport spurt up to a hundred lasts of 7.9 with, and vehicles with automatic transmission — 8,9 C. for Example, Passat Alltrack (210 PS, robot DSG and 1707 kg) does the same for 7.8 C. Country Tourer accelerated cheerful, but only with 2500 rpm, and delays in the supply of fuel to reach a couple of seconds. The similar nature of the demonstrated prereform the all-wheel drive station wagon.

Modification of the OPC were changes in appearance and interior, migration, steering became sharper), rear suspension, stabilisation systems and software электронноуправляемых shock absorbers Flex Ride. But the power unit is the same — 325-strong «six» 2.8 with two turbochargers (435 N•m), working in pair with a six-speed «mechanics» or «automatic». Depending on the type of a body is its curb weight 1810-1930 kg Трехпедальные sedan and hatchback are accelerated up to a hundred for 6 with, and двухпедальные — for 6.3 C. Wagon it makes for 6.3 and 6.6, respectively.

But if we have got used опелевские engines often do not justify our ожиданиий, suspension, on the contrary, surprised. I do not remember that model with zipper on the grille could boast of such a balanced chassis. The same Insignia to modernization was sometimes too rigid, that quickly became obvious on our roads. And all sportiness and only in the very steering wheel sensor and up discomfort тряскую the suspension medium and large irregularities. Подретушированные of insignia go otherwise. The rigidity of the chassis transformed into a noble density and scrupulous attention to all the inequalities of today is more informative than the gross.

Reconfiguring the suspension has affected not only the manageability — Insignia now less voiced passed irregularities and less transmits on a body vibration unsprung mass.

And as the Insignia should be driving! Accurately and quickly responds to the driver’s commands, and in turn rushes so easily, as if engineers only for this and tuned car. Even a light taste of synthetics in the work of the steering at low speeds does not prevent to keep the car in turns the different steepness. Even heavy-Country Tourer with a raised by 20 mm chassis does not look увальнем on streamer — it has a little more rolls, there are hints of swing, but self-discipline inherent in front-wheel modifications, is present here. Friendly and moderately incendiary character of insignia, complemented by a robust chassis tune when diving at speed. First machine warns the driver smooth slide of all the wheels, and then it is just as smoothly wafts its beautiful vamp out. And the only brake on a background of all this look бледновато due to pedal with infinite free running.

Insignia on modernization поумнела. It now monitors road markings, for dead zones can see perpendicular to the approaching vehicles when leaving the Parking ass. In addition to the list of additional equipment got adaptive cruise control with brake assist function at the risk of collision with the passing traveling by car.

All changes, which overtook Инсигнию, there is a simple motif. The firm Opel by all means try to make so that in the eyes and minds of the people Insignia was a premium product at a modest price. With the prices of all misty them in Russia will be announced in the second half of October 2013. But with the rest, everything is clear. Updated Инсигнию creators call it the most streamlined and most economical car in its class that achieved sophisticated aerodynamics and high-tech engines. She goes noble, good-quality cabin is quiet, and the advanced equipment list includes options that you can take the test admissions elite segment D+. But the reasons fill up Инсигнию enough. And lack of attention to detail with a slow and uncomfortable multimedia system — flowers in this list. That, for example, to do with the name of Opel, which even the ardent fans of the brand is not associated with премиумом?

Passport data

Opel Insignia 1.6 Turbo 2.0 CDTi Country Tourer
Body type hatchback hatchback station wagon
Number of doors/places 5/5 5/5 5/5
Length, mm 4842 4842 4920
Width, mm 1856 1856 1856
Height, mm 1498 1498 1526
Wheelbase, mm 2737 2737 2737
Track front/rear mm 1587/1590 1587/1590 1587/1590
Curb weight, kg 1613 1623 1843
Full weight, kg 2120 (2150) 2145 (2170) 2390
Trunk volume, l 530-1470 530-1470 540-1530
Type petrol with direct fuel injection and turbo charging turbo petrol with direct fuel injection and turbo charging
Location front, transverse front, transverse front, transverse
No. and arrangement of cylinders 4, in a number of 4, in a number of 4, in a number of
Number of valves 16 16 16
Working volume, cm3 1598 1956 1998
Max. power, HP/rpm 170/4250 163/4000 250/4500
Max. torque, N•m/rpm 280/1650-4250 350/1750-2500 400/2500-4500
Transmission manual six-speed (automatic six-speed) manual six-speed (automatic six-speed) manual six-speed (automatic six-speed)
Drive front front plug-full
Front suspension independent, spring, McPherson independent, spring, McPherson independent, spring, McPherson
Rear suspension independent, spring, multi-link independent, spring, multi-link independent, spring, multi-link
Front brakes ventilated disc ventilated disc ventilated disc
Rear brakes disc disc disc
Bus 245/45 R18 245/45 R18 245/45 R18
Ground clearance, mm 160 160 180
Operational characteristics
Maximum speed, km/h 220 (210) 220 (210) 235 (230)
The acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h, with 9,2 (9,9) 9,5 (9,6) 7,9 (8,9)
Fuel consumption, l/100 km
— urban 7,5 (9,1) 5,4 (7,8) 10,6 (12,0)
country cycle 5,0 (5,2) 3,7 (4,3) 6,6 (6,4)
— combined 5,9 (6,6) 4,3 (5,6) 8,1 (8,5)
Norm toxicity Euro-5 Euro-5 Euro-5
Fuel tank capacity, l 70 70 70
Fuel AI-95 diesel fuel AI-95
Figures in brackets for versions with automatic transmission.


After the upgrade, the body has not undergone changes. He still 67% consists of high-strength steel, and its torsional rigidity is 20 800 N•m/deg (19% more than the Vectra C). The basis of insignia is a global platform Epsilon II, developed by the specialists of Рюссельсхайма and that debuted in 2008. It is built different models Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick, Saab and Holden.

In General, suspension remained the same. Front is a front McPherson, and behind — two variants of multi-link suspension. On machines with front-wheel drive rear used longitudinal levers, and for versions with a full — H-shaped. The modernization has touched the chassis of the new wishbones, coil springs and anti-roll bars, перенастроенные absorption received the recoil spring, and the rear suspension and even 60% of the components of absolutely new. Engineers have reduced noise and vibration from suspension. All actions aimed at the revision of the characteristics of chassis components were made for the sake of improvement of comfort without losing manageability. This Germans have happened.

The pre-reform Insignia was equipped with two-liter turbo engine family Ecotec LNF-series with turbocharger twin-scroll and direct fuel injection, which appeared for the first time under the hood roadsters-«twins» Opel GT, Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice. The «four» with a pair of balance shafts and mechanism to adjust the timing on the inlet and outlet first issued 220 forces and 350 N•m, then — 249 and 400 respectively. After facelift received the Insignia 2.0 turbo SIDI series LTG family of third-generation Ecotec. The new engine is different compression ratio of 9.5:1 against 9.2:1) and an improved exhaust manifold, which is meant for the higher temperatures and twin scroll turbocharger and direct injection have been optimized. The return was the same 249 HP and 400 Newton metres, but the maximum power achieved before (4500 rpm against 5300)and a peak torque is available over a wide range (2500-4500 rpm against 2400-3600). And reduced fuel consumption in the combined cycle — from 9.1 l / 100 km to 7.8 HP

Turbo family of B group General Motors — the result of joint development by Fiat (series JTD on models of the Italian auto giant). Motor debuted in the summer of 2008 on хэтчбеке Lancia Delta of the third generation. Working volume is the same 1956 cm3, which were on dorestaylingovyh Инсигниях, but capacity increased by 10 forces (total 140), and the torque rose from 300 to 350 N•m (up to 370 mode Overboost). However, the range of maximum thrust remained the same narrow. But the fuel consumption decreased by 14%, and the level of carbon dioxide emissions by 13%. Unlike his predecessor, modernized 140-HP diesel blended with the system start/stop.

Transmission Adaptive 4 x 4 is the fourth-generation Haldex, connecting the rear axle in the case of slipping over 80 MS up to full lock. Also available for extra charge (performed by Sport — free) you can install the differential eLSD with electronically controlled, which distributes the traction between the wheels of the rear axle. Full drive on of insignia unseparable with adaptive suspension FlexRide. In addition to the rigidity of shock-absorbers selected system algorithm changes the settings of the steering control system of stabilization and throttle.


Insignia was the replacement model Vectra, the first generation of which (designated by the letter A), appeared in 1988. The car was produced not only in Russelsheim, but also in England (where he was sold under the name Vauxhall Cavalier) and Brazil (Chevrolet Vectra). The base engine was a 75-HP 1.4, but later Vectra received far more powerful engines — for example, V6 2.5 liter (170 PS) and 204-horsepower two-liter turbo. The latter, incidentally, could be combined with a full drive (such machines rear suspension was independent). In addition to the sedan was offered and a hatchback, and in 1989 was presented coupe Calibra, established on the basis of the «first» Vectra. The release of the Vectra And in Europe ceased in 1995, but in Egypt it did before 1998.

Model Vectra B appeared in 1995 and was different from the predecessor quite an interesting design (particularly unusual were mirrors) and relatively respectable interior. However, the framework has remained the same — GM2900 with McPherson struts in front and полузависимой beam axle at the rear. Length increased from 4430 to 4480 mm, wheelbase reached mm 2640 against 2600 its predecessor. Motors was still heaps to nine petrol and diesel units with four or six cylinders, developing from 71 to 195 «horses» (the «charged» version of the i500). Transmission — five-stage «mechanics» or четырехдиапазонные «machines». The sale Vectra B went in sedan and hatchback, and since 1996 clients have offered universal Caravan (trunk volume — 460-1490 l). In different times and under different names Vectra produced in Germany, England, Egypt, Belgium, Russia, Australia, Brazil and Turkey. In 2002, the machine left the scene.

Machine of the third generation (2002), again became a breakthrough — a whole new exterior, the latest platform Epsilon (front McPherson and многорычажка), debuted at Вектре With, and the expanded list of equipment. Long sedan time reached 4611 mm (4822 the version Caravan), and the distance between the axes equal to 2700 mm (wagon — 2830). Trunk volume of the Caravan reached 530-1850 HP Curb weight increased by more than 100 kg — it took more powerful motors. The least powerful atmospheric was Quartet 1.8 (122 PS), followed was the unit 2.2 (147), and after him — наддувный 2.0 (175). Was still a naturally-aspirated V6 3.2 (211 forces) to the inlet tract of variable length, which they put on оспортивленный hatchback GTS. Turbo diesel issued from 121 to 180 «horses». Depending on the engine Вектру set With mechanical, automatic or robotic gearbox. Since 2005, appeared on the market restyled cars. Noticeably changed appearance, atmospheric «six» 3.2 gave place to a blow-2.8, which worked Saab engineers. The new «six» developed 230 forces on the usual versions and 255-280 on the modifications OPC (hatchback and wagon. In 2008 production model ceased and the name of the Vectra went on the shelf.

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