We first saw it testing on California roads and now the same model has appeared testing on its more familiar roads back in Europe. Well, the new 2018 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer was testing in California for a reason; the reason is that GM is looking to rebrand the model and sell it as the Buick Regal wagon in the US market. Read along for more information:
2018 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer Exterior
The 2018 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer new design is inspired by the Monza Concept. Most of the changes will be at the front and rear fascias. The car looks longer and wider. At the front, the model looks to have a more upright snout. The grille was also wrapped meaning it will be upgraded. Most likely, new, slimmer LED headlights will flank the grille. There will also be bigger side air intakes. These features will give the new Opel Insignia Sports Tourer a sportier stance.
The rear fascia also looks different. The most notable change is the slanting, shooting brake-like roofline. This feature is particularly inspired by the Monza concept. The taillights also look slimmer and narrower while the automaker has opted for utilitarian design for the rear bumper.
2018 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer Interior
The prototype our spy photographers captured testing was under heavy camouflage and they could not get snapshots of the cabin. However, I expect an upgraded cabin from the one on the outgoing model. Since the new wagon has a slightly longer wheelbase and wider body, the model will have better shoulder room and legroom. The headroom of the rear seats will also suffer due to the more slanting roofline. The new dimensions also mean the wagon could get a bigger cargo space, even segment leading.
The wagon will also get latest technologies including IntelliLink infotainment system, a Wi-Fi hotspot and OnStar. Expect the wagon to feature a huge digital display mounted on the dash. This feature will be borrowed from the Monza Concept. In addition, the Sports Tourer will also have a heads up display.
The cabin will be upholstered in a premium cloth on the lower trims and leather on the top trims. Safety-wise, the model will get a host of driving assists among other safety features. We will update you with more information once Opel makes such information available.
Engine Specs and performance
Under the hood, the Insignia Sports Tourer will feature an array of 4-cylinder gasoline and diesel mills. There is also a possibility of a 3-cylinder mill to save on gas while other rumors intimate that the V-6 mill will likely be dropped for the Insignia Sports Tourer just as the automaker did with the Malibu. Confirmed engines include a turbocharged 1.5 L, 4-cylinder EcoTec engine that is capable of producing 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. GM currently uses this engine on the Malibu. It is EPA rated at 27 mpg in city and 37 mpg in highway drives.
According to reports, the turbocharged 2.0 L, 4-cylinder mill will be upgraded to produce 256 hp. Due to this upgrade, the 2.8 L, V-6 may be dropped leaving the 2.0 L, 4-cylinder unit as the most powerful engine. The current V-6 produces 247 hp and 300-lb-ft of torque.
Over to diesel mills, the model will likely continue with the 2.0 L, 4-cylinder that produces 170 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. There will be a bi-turbo version of this engine that will be capable of producing 200hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.
According to rumors, there will be a hybrid engine but details about the drive-train are still scanty. Most likely, Opel will borrow the technology used by its distant cousin, the Malibu Hybrid. There will also be a performance dedicated OPC version but it s not clear whether it will use an upgraded version of the 2.0 L, 4-cylinder mill or the V-6.
The engines will be paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox with an option for a 6-speed manual system for those who would what to be more engaged in driving their Sports Tourer.
Price and release date
As of this writing, the price of the 2018 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer is a closely guarded secret by Opel. However, considering the fierce competition in the market, I do not expect the model’s price to increase significantly. The current model has a starting price of $28,100. Most likely, the new model could attract around $28,500. The model will likely hit dealerships in the second half of this year.
The 2018 Insignia Sports Tourer will sweat it out with other impressive wagons led by the iconic Volkswagen Passat Estate. The Ford Mondeo Estate, a model launched recently in 2014 will also be a model to watch in this segment.