This is the first time we’ve spied the interior of the upcoming 2017 Opel / Vauxhall Insignia, and consequently, the 2018 Buick Regal, since the two models will only differ in name and powertrain options.
In spite of draping a cloth over the prototype Insignia’s dashboard to obscure the new design, the instrument panel with the two large pods placed at an angle with auxiliary gauges positioned above, and parts of the center console are visible, with the design theme strongly reminding of the European market Opel Astra.
Compared to the current model, GM’s push to de-clutter their overly busy center consoles continues, with the new model only featuring two rows of buttons under the touch-screen display for the infotainment system.
The Insignia and Regal twins are based on an updated version of GM’s familiar E2XX architecture found on the latest Chevrolet Malibu, with the mid-size model pegged to grow up to as much as 6 inches or over 100mm in length, to improve interior space and create a more comfortable distance between it and the Buick Verano / Opel Astra sedans. You may think this will come at an expense in weight, but it’s the opposite, actually, as sources state that the Insignia/Regal will drop up to 200kg/440lbs on average from the current model’s mass.
In European markets, GM’s new 1.6-liter CDTi turbo diesel family will replace today’s 2.0 CDTi, and will join an existing range of turbocharged four-cylinder petrol units. North America will get a choice of turbocharged gasoline engines, paired to a new eight 8-speed automatic. A hybrid powertrain is a possibility, while a range-topping Insignia OPC and Regal GS with a turbocharged V6 and all-wheel drive is also rumored.
GM has been spied testing a sleeker five-door liftback version of the Opel/Vauxhall model in Europe and a more traditional four-door sedan for Buick in North America, which has led some to believe that these two body-styles will be unique to each brand. Opel will offer a station wagon model as well, with GM execs still mulling whether they should bring it to the States.
The new Opel Insignia is expected to be revealed either at the Paris Motor Show this October or next March in Geneva, with the Buick Regal to follow shortly after.