Just a month after the debut of the refreshed Vauxhall Insignia, the German company has unveiled the facelifted flagship GSi version of the model during the Brussels Motor Show. The visual revisions are not huge but underneath the skin, the vehicle comes with new tech.
Under the bonnet now is a new 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine delivering 227 bhp (169 kilowatts) mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox, sending power to all four wheels through the Twinster AWD system with torque vectoring.
Gallery: 2020 Opel Insignia GSI facelift
In addition, the Insignia GSi, already available to order together with the regular Insignia Sports Tourer and Grand Sport, gets a new electro-hydraulic brake booster, as well as FlexRide mechatronic suspension setup. The revised front end of the car now also incorporates an active full-face shutter for improved aerodynamics, while the wheels hide optimised four-piston Brembo brakes.
Interestingly, the new electro-hydraulic brake booster of the sports D-segment model turns the Insignia into what Vauxhall describes as “a platform for technology that will be required for automated driving in the future.” The tech uses to so-called eBoost system, which is a fundamental component for “braking by wire.”
As standard, the Insignia GSi comes equipped with an adaptive sports suspension which can operate in four different modes - Standard, Tour, Sport, and Competition.
“We are proud of our new flagship,” Opel CEO, Michael Lohscheller said during the presentation of the vehicle in Brussels. “The Insignia looks fantastic, featuring class-leading technologies such as the IntelliLux LED Pixel Light, fuel-efficient gas and diesel engines, adaptive FlexRide suspension and outstanding wellness seats. The GSi is again the top model in the series and as engaging to drive as a real sports car.”
Vauxhall has also disclosed the engines in non-GSi form. The range includes 1.4- and 2.0-litre turbo petrol units with 143 (107 kW) and 197 bhp (147 kW) respectively, and a 1.5-litre diesel with 120 bhp (109 kW). All-new Insignias will be available to order in the UK from next month (February 2020.)