U Spy: This Can’t Be A Facelifted Insignia, So What Is Opel Testing?

The latest Opel Insignia is still very fresh on the market, having been revealed in December, 2016 and hitting the market last spring, but a loyal Carscoops reader recently stumbled upon an intriguing prototype undergoing testing on the Autobahn near Frankfurt, Germany.

At this early stage, it is difficult to be sure just what exactly Opel is testing here. One possibility, as suggested by the reader, is that it is a prototype for a facelifted model. However, this is very unlikely given the latest Insignia’s age.

In the email sent to us, the reader stated that the styling differences between the Insignia prototype and the current model it was testing alongside were obvious.

“It was directly followed by a standard Insignia with only a little Opel logo underneath of the number plate, that means that it is an Opel factory car, I think this one is also an Opel. Both cars had GG number plates (Groß-Gerau, which is the administrative town of the area where Rüsselsheim is), This car’s size and shape is very similar to the Insignia B, but it differs in many details. On the rear it had prototype lights what tells that the final design was not available on time, it means also it will be different from current Insignia.

“ I had only an old Nokia phone on hand to take picture and as there was a lot of traffic I only could make one side picture, not from the remarkable total (to current Insignia) different front grille. As it was followed by a standard Insignia I could see the differences, unfortunately, in the photo it’s not that clearly visible,” the reader said.

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Alternatively, the PSA Group, which now owns Opel, may be using this prototype either as a test bed for technologies which could be shared between the conglomerate’s various brands. Or, quite possibly, we’re looking at a totally different model, which may or may not wear the Opel badge.

If you have any idea of what Opel (or the PSA Group) could be testing here, let us know in the comments below!

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  • Jp

    I know that Opel is not GM anymore, but it looks to me like a Chevy Malibu https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/534bfacbf84a28de3d792b42b7be239c506a9d0083cfc9a265b60c3a19cc9a9f.jpg

    • diesel_vdub

      True, GM no longer own Opel, but the Malibu and Insignia are still built on the same platform. Until an all new Malibu or Insignia is released built on a different platform, they will be essentially the same vehicle.

  • Evo45

    It could be Astra Sedan, if it will ever be released in Europe of course.

    • Ditzebächer

      For Astra it looks too big.

  • Harry Nimmergut

    Its the upcoming refreshed Chevy Malibu. No idea why its being tested at PSA…

  • Harry Nimmergut

    Remember, could be an April Fool’s joke!

  • Paul

    It’s a Chevy Malibu on April Fools Day. Take everything they post today with a grain of salt.

    • Harry Nimmergut

      I bet the picture was snapped here in the States.

  • Harry Nimmergut

    Too big for an Astra.

    • Christian

      Are you saying i’m fat? Or what are you trying to say?

  • Anthony McGowan

    Could GM be gearing up to relaunch Chevrolet in Europe? The old world is surely too big a market for GM not to have a presence in?

    • Ditzebächer

      If it really was followed by an Opel factory car, I can’t imagine, that PSA would support the return of Chevy to Europe.

  • Ditzebächer

    Is it Peugeot 508 2018 model?

  • cat

    INSIGNIA plug and hybrid PHEV?

  • KareKakk

    Third brakelight on the outside of the hatch suggest US market?

  • Ditzebächer

    Your US and chinese GM examples, plus the Insignia itself have in the lower half of the side doors these beads, starting low in the front, ascending in the back. This prototype seems to have not. 508 also has not. But yeah, when directly comparing this car and the 508, there are also differences…