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New five-door hatch will launch at 2017 Geneva show.

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Vauxhall has released photos of its next Insignia, testing ahead of its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

The next generation of the large car will be an all-new five-door hatchback and will take a new name, the Insignia Grand Sport.

The car, which will retain its status as Vauxhall’s flagship model, is shown in camouflage livery, concealing details of its appearance – these will be revealed in December. However it is known to follow the principles of the Monza concept that debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt Show and the design of which has since been seen in the latest Astra.

Vauxhall says that the Insignia Grand Sport is based on a completely new architecture with a wheelbase extended by more than 90mm over its predecessor. But with significantly shorter front and rear overhangs, it measures up in total only 55mm longer than the outgoing model.

   

The car will also present a more planted appearance than the current Insignia – it has a 10mm wider track and a 30mm lower roof line. Despite this it promises more interior space, while it will also weigh up to 175kg less than the outgoing Insignia.

No powertrain details have yet been revealed though prototypes testing are known to heave included a 1.5-litre turbo petrol version of 165hp and front-wheel-drive and an all-wheel-drive variant powered by a 2-litre turbo petrol unit of more than 250hp.

According to Vauxhall chairman and managing director Rory Harvey, the brand will further raise its game with the launch of the new Insignia Grand Sport. “It will set new standards for design, efficiency, technology and connectivity when it debuts next year at the Geneva Motor Show,” he said.

Industry sources suggest that Vauxhall will aim to follow the successful path Skoda has taken with its Superb, persuading buyers to look at the new Insignia instead of towards upmarket models from the likes of Audi and BMW, on the basis of the Vauxhall’s combination of extensive space alongside value for money.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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