Order books for the new Opel Insignia GSi will open from March 2020 in Europe. Updates on the fastback and estate models include ‘Twinster’ all-wheel drive and ‘FlexRide’ mechatronic suspension.
According to Opel, the all-wheel drive system in the Insignia GSi has a rear drive module that uses a twin clutch system without differential. Torque goes to one or both of the rear wheels independently, enabling torque-vectoring capability across the car’s full performance range. The car turns in with even more precision, and the engineers have also improved how the new Insignia GSi launches from a standstill on wet or slippery roads.
As for the FlexRide suspension, it apparently adapts shock absorbers and steering in fractions of a second. In addition, the FlexRide changes the characteristic of the accelerator as well as the shift-points of the 9-speed automatic transmission. The driver can choose between ‘Standard’, ‘Tour’, ‘Sport’ and – exclusively for the GSi – ‘Competition’ driving modes.
A double-press of the “ESP off” switch enables particularly skilled drivers to explore the outer limits of the Insignia GSi’s driving dynamics, Opel said.
The Insignia GSi is powered by a 169 kW (230 hp) 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission.
The car has also got a new electro-hydraulic brake booster, a technology that is required for automated driving in the future.