Ever heard of the Opel Insignia? Sure you have, though it’s not exactly a car that’s officially sold here in North America, specifically as an Opel Insignia.
Instead, we know it as the Buick Regal, a rather competitive near-luxury sedan with a strong backbone and characteristics to keep it from being a top choice for those who are officially part of the AARP club.
That’s because the Regal, is simply a rebadged and slightly reengineered Opel Insignia, for our shores. And because of this, the next-generation Opel Insignia will also pave the way for our next generation Buick Regal. Specifically with the Insignia however, we’re told expect a new generation model by 2017, according to the UK’s CAR.
Said to be based on the Opel Monza Concept, the new Insignia promises a handsome, and provoking new design. That’s perfectly OK with us since Opel’s design game as of recent has been quite on point, with some of their current models making us even jealous that we don’t receive them here.
For starters, the current Insignia sedan and Buick Regal aren’t bad looking cars by any stretch of means.
In addition to the all-new design, the new Insignia should also grow in size, mainly at the wheelbase to serve up more interior space. Despite the increase in size, it should also be around 130 kg, or 287lbs lighter than the current model.
That’s all we know for now, except for speculation of a standardized LCD instrument display, as well as a standard heads-up display system, and a new line of engines and transmissions.
The due date: the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017.
– By: Chris Chin