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Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport priced in the UK, Opel version not coming to SA


With its Opel sibling already out in Europe, sister company Vauxhall has released pricing and spec details of its brand new Insignia Grand Sport and Sports Tourer estate.

Available in a choice of seven trim levels; Design, Design Nav, SRI, SRI Nav, SRI VX-Line, Tech Line, and Elite; petrol power comes from the same 1.5-litre turbo engine used in the new Chevrolet Cruze, with respective outputs of 103 kW or 121 kW. A six-speed manual is the sole gearbox offering on both.

Moving one up, the Elite spec only 2.0-litre Turbo punches out 191 kW and 400 N.m of torque, with drive going to all four wheels as standard via a brand-new eight-speed automatic gearbox. On the oil burner side, the so-called 1.6-litre CDTI whisper diesel is rated at either 81 kW or 100 kW both linked to six-speed manual, while the bigger 2.0-litre CDTI churns 125 kW with the option of the manual box or similar ratio automatic.

Pricing for the Grand Sport starts at £17 115 (R275 150) for the 1.5 Design and ends at £27 710 (R445 481) for the 2.0T Elite AWD, while the Sports Tourer kicks off at £18 615 (R299 265) for the Design before topping out at £29 210 (R469 596) for the Elite. 

As a comparison, prices for the Opel Insignia Grand Sport in Germany start at €25 590 (R352 831) for the base Business and ends at €31 530 (R434 731) for the flagship Innovation, while the Sports Tourer retails for between €26 690 (R367 998) and €32 530 (R448 519).

Sadly, like the first generation model and indeed the preceding Vectra, don't expect the Insignia Grand Sport or Sports Tourer to arrive in South Africa anytime soon.

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