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New Opel Insignia breaks cover


Although not expected for local release anytime soon, undisguised spy images of the second generation Opel Insignia sedan and its Sports Tourer station wagon derivative have leaked online.

Captured undergoing what appears to be a photo shoot, the much awaited newcomer, which will be sold Stateside as the Buick Regal and replace the venerable rear-wheel drive V8 Holden Commodore in Australia, features a four-door coupe-like look with model pictured also boasting the optional OPC-Line bodykit.

According to reports, the sedan will both be longer and wider than the model it replaces, as well as being some 175 kg lighter due to extensive use of lightweight materials. The same applies to the Sports Tourer which will also spawn a SUV-inspired all-wheel drive model dubbed Country Tourer.

Engine options are yet to be confirmed but reports suggest the Insignia will use GM's new 1.5-litre turbo replacing the old 1.4, and a 2.0-litre turbo in the all-wheel drive Grand Sport flagship.  A normally aspirated V6 and a selection of diesel engines will be offered as well.

Expected more details be revealed at the Insignia's world launch at the Geneva Motor Show in March.



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