The Opel Insignia will enter the medium-car segment in September as the General Motors German brand’s flagship model.
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The Insignia will sit atop a new Opel range that also includes the Corsa city car and Astra small car.

Opel is offering two body styles – sedan and wagon – and two engine choices, with all variants pitched at the more premium end of the mainstream medium-car category.

The German-built Opel Insignia range kicks off at $38,490 for a sedan version utilising a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 162kW and 350Nm. The wagon equivalent, called Sports Tourer, carries a $2000 premium, priced from $40,990.

Choosing the diesel engine lifts prices by $1500, to $39,990 for the sedan and $41,490 for the wagon.

The entry points to the Insignia range include features such as leather seating with heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, auto headlights, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, humidity sensor and a seven-speaker audio system.

Two options are available: satellite navigation ($1500) and 18-inch alloy wheels ($500).

A higher-grade Select trim level costs an additional $7000, starting at $45,490 for the petrol sedan, and adds an integrated navigation system with 7-inch colour screen, LED daytime running lights, bi-xenon headlights, ventilated front seats with accreditation from a German ergonomics experts group, 19-inch alloy wheels, and sports steering wheel and alloy pedals.

Opel Insignia Select models also include as standard front lighting system called Adaptive Forward Lighting Plus that provides multiple functions, including beams that adjust to weather and driving conditions and headlights that peer around corners in the dark.

As is the norm with petrol and diesel engine choices, the former is the faster option and the latter the most efficient.

Petrol versions of the Opel Insignia sprint from 0-100km/h in 7.8 seconds, or 8.1 for the wagon. Fuel consumption is rated at 8.8 litres per 100km, with CO2 emissions of 206g/km, for the sedan, with comparative figures of 9.0L/100km and 211g/km for the Sports Tourer wagon.

Combined fuel economy drops to 5.7L/100km (sedan) and 6.0L/100km (wagon) for the turbo diesel version of the Opel Insignia.

Diesel sedan models take 9.6 seconds to reach 100km/h from standstill – half a second longer in wagon form.

The Opel Insignia wagon shares the same wheelbase as the sedan but at 4.91 metres is 8cm longer – creating a 1.91m load length and total cargo capacity of 1530 litres when the rear seats are folded.

The Opel Insignia range goes on sale in September through a network of 17 dealerships.

Opel Insignia 2.0 turbo
Price: $38,490 to $47,490
Body styles: sedan and wagon
Engine: 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo
Power: 162kW at 5300rpm
Torque: 350Nm at 2000-4000rpm
Transmission: 6-spd auto
0-100km/h: 7.8 seconds (8.1sec wagon)
Fuel consumption: 8.8L/100km (9.0L/100km wagon)
CO2 emissions: 206g/km (211g/km)

Opel Insignia 2.0 diesel
Price: $39,990 to $48,990
Body styles: sedan and wagon
Engine: 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel
Power: 118kW at 4000rpm
Torque: 350Nm at 1750-2500rpm
Transmission: 6-spd auto
0-100km/h: 9.6 seconds (10.1sec wagon)
Fuel consumption: 5.7L/100km (6.0L/100km wagon)
CO2 emissions: 151g/km (157g/km)