The coming year is going to be a big year for General Motors and its midsize sedans. Not only will Opel introduce the 2017 Insignia, but that will preview the next Buick Regal and, more hotly anticipated, likely the 2018 Holden Commodore.
Auto Bild has published its latest hearings and predictions surrounding the upcoming sedan, and also a few well-done renders, which we can tell take the 2017 Buick LaCrosse as its bones and slap some tasteful Opel Monza cues on.
The report is in German, so we’ll try and summarize what’s present. Though, most of what is brought up, we’ve reported on previously. Foremost, the 2017 Insignia will be riding on the E2XX platform, which underpins the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, and the 2017 LaCrosse. The overall design is said to really mimic a four-door coupe look, and take heavy cues from the Monza show car, which certainly isn’t a bad thing.
The Sports Tourer is rumored to take on a shooting brake style, but increase cargo space despite an attractive, sloping roofline.
Expect plenty of weight to be shed from the current car, too. Look to what engineers achieved with the 2016 Malibu, and it previews a snapshot of the 2017 Insignia. Powertrains will be new, and more frugal than ever, especially the latest diesel engines. Expect all engines to be paired to an eight-speed automatic, though, we’re sure a manual gearbox will be thrown in somewhere.
Finally, the publication says to expect a hopped up OPC variant, which is says could include a turbocharged six-cylinder engine with a figure around 400 hp.