Fresh spy photos of the Vauxhall Insignia are in, featuring both the fastback and Sports Tourer out and about with minimal camouflage hiding the minor changes to come. We’ve seen these models sporadically, with the estate gracing our spy lenses most recently back in May. These new shots drop some of the camo up front, giving us a glimpse of the retouched grille and headlights. Sharper edges seem to be the name of the game, particularly with the headlights that appear to be a bit thinner as well.
Curiously, the Sports Tourer still has heavier coverings up front despite both models being spotted at the same time. Likewise, the long roof carries abundant camo wrap at the rear though we suspect the crux of the changes will come with refreshed taillights. The same holds true for the fastback, though we have a pretty good idea how the new lenses will look. Bits of black tape obscure details and specific edges but for all intents and purposes, the redesign at the back is virtually revealed.
Gallery: Vauxhall Insignia facelift spy photos
Perhaps of greater question is what lies beneath the bonnet. Both prototypes featured here ride on big wheels with prominent Brembo brakes clearly visible behind them. These are believed to be GSi high-performance editions with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine making 260 bhp, or possibly a twin-turbo diesel of the same displacement, producing 210 bhp. Of course, the Vauxhall’s American twin – the Buick Regal – offers the 2.0-litre turbo but in the States, the range-topping GS gets a 3.6-litre V6 with 310 bhp.
Gallery: Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer facelift spy photos
That likely won’t happen with the retouched Vauxhall, and in fact, there are also rumours that the Insignia could switch to engines from PSA. Right now it’s all just speculation, but considering this appears to be a minor facelift, less change is the likely answer.
Expect full disclosure for the revamped Insignia late this year or early next year.