The new Opel Insignia, and in all likelihood the Holden Commodore too, will feature a second-generation version of GM’s IntelliLux matrix LED headlights.
While the first-generation unit, which is available in the new Holden Astra, features 16 LED segments all up, the new version will have 32 LED segments, with 16 on each side.
This should mean that the new Insignia, and the very closely related next-generation Commodore, can more accurately block out parts of its light beam, so as to avoid dazzling on-coming road users, while maintaining a high level of illumination.
The new IntelliLux headlights gain spotlight and curve illumination functions. For the curve illumination feature, the light intensity of the inner LED segments increases according to the steering wheel angle to improve the driver’s view down a corner.
According to Opel, the new headlights’ high beam can illuminate 400 metres down the road.
Last week, Opel launched its 2017 calendar starring Georgia May Jagger and Grumpy Cat. The page dedicated to October features the public’s first undisguised look of the next-generation Insignia, albeit only of one headlight, and part of the grille, bonnet, bumper, and wing mirror.
The second-generation Insignia will be known throughout Europe as the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport, and will be one of seven cars that GM’s European operations will debut in 2017.
Fully imported, the new Insignia will be sold from 2018 as the next-generation Holden Commodore. Two weeks ago, CarAdvice got to drive and inspect the new Commodore at the company’s Lang Lang proving grounds. Read the full details here.