Vijay Pattni12 June 2013

It’s the new Vauxhall Insignia!

Four new engine choices and a new face for Luton’s mid-sized saloon. Like it?

Vauxhall Insignia

Steady yourself for some Good News, Internet... it's the new Vauxhall Insignia! We'll give you a few moments to calm your breathless excitement.

We'd like to point out that it's actually not a new Vauxhall Insignia, more a facelift, and - all joking aside - doesn't it look smart? We've long maintained that Vauxhall is now churning out some good looking cars, and this new ‘Sig is no exception.

You'll see the new, wider high-gloss chrome grille, set a little lower than before, as well as redesigned headlights, a smaller logo bar (the thing that holds the Vauxhall badge), black inserts in the fog lamps, a new crease on the C-pillar, slimmer tail lights, and a high-gloss chrome logo bar at the back.

See more pics of the facelifted Vauxhall Insignia

There's been more surgery inside, too. Keen auto enthusiasts will immediately notice the (adenoids set to ‘stun') a completely redesigned centre console and instrument cluster, with fewer buttons, an optional 8in infotainment display and an 8in high-res instrument display, incorporating two outer dials (fuel and revs), and a centre speedometer in analogue or digital format. Astra GTE fans, unite!

On a more serious, driving-gloved point of view, the damper and anti-roll bar settings have been revised in a bid to make it handle a bit tidier, while the electronic power steering - long a bugbear of the Insignia - has been reprogrammed (except the VXR model) for more feel. We'll let you know if it has worked...

There are four new engine options too, including a 138bhp 2.0-litre diesel emitting just 99g/km of CO2, the 167bhp 1.6-litre petrol from the recently launched Cascada convertible, and a turbocharged 247bhp 2.0-litre petrol. The latter petrols are available with either a six-speed manual, or a six-speed auto, and you can spec the 2.0-litre turbo with four-wheel-drive.

Have a click through the pics and let us know your innermost vivid thoughts on the new Insignia: handsome thing, isn't it? Prices start from £16,279, which is nearly £2,000 less than the outgoing Insignia.

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