2017 Opel Insignia spy pics

2017 Opel Insignia Spy Pics

The likely replacement for the Australian-made Holden Commodore is edging closer to completion, as the clearest shots yet of the next-generation Opel Insignia prove.

 2017 Opel Insignia Spy Pics Front

While there’s still plenty of disguise going on, the images do reveal front-end and side-flank elements in greater detail than ever, confirming the midsizer’s move towards a more angular shape compared to its 2008-vintage predecessor.

2017 Opel Insignia Spy Pics Front And Side

The production Opel (and possibly US and China-market Buick Regal) versions are expected to have their world premiere within the next three months or so, with the Holden iteration hitting Australian shores straight after VF Commodore manufacturing ceases in the final quarter of next year.

 2017 Opel Insignia Spy Pics Turning

Also obvious from the prototype is the two-box hatchback silhouette, supporting speculation that there will be no Insignia sedan out of Germany this time around.

2017 Opel Insignia Spy Pics Side View (2)

As we’ve previously reported, keeping in mind that the Holden will be built by Opel, that possibly spells the end of the four-door Commodore.

2017 Opel Insignia Spy Pics Side View

However, we hear that the Buick Regal that also uses the Opel hardware will be offered as a sedan, since North American and Chinese consumers demand four doors over five, so that situation may eventually change over time.

2017 Opel Insignia Spy Pics Turning Corner

Ford currently employs the same strategy with the existing Mondeo, which is made and very successfully marketed in the US and Canada as a Fusion sedan (but not wagon).  

2017 Opel Insignia Spy Pics Side And Back

Speaking of which, there will be an Insignia wagon (the body style most preferred by Western Europeans), so expect that to also lob in late next year at the same time as the sedan wearing the Lion badge.

2017 Opel Insignia Spy Pics Rear

Judging by the modest wheels and lack of go-faster exhaust, this latest pre-production prototype appears to be a lowish-spec variant, probably with a turbo four-pot petrol or diesel engine driving the front wheels.

2017 Opel Insignia Spy Pics Rear (2)

That said there have been OPC Opel Performance Centre all-wheel drive flagships also hitting the test circuits recently. Will these also feature V6 power as per the soon-to-be-discontinued Holden Insignia VXR?

That would most closely fit the gaping hole left by the demise of the outgoing Commodore V8s. All will be revealed over the next few months, so keep watching this space.

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DISCUSSION

12 Comments
  • Looks like a Datsun 120Y bother!
  • It'll be rubbish, like most European cars. Fall apart after the first 5 years. And drop in value quicker than a rock in a pool of water. Think GM should have dropped the Commodore name too.
  • We will see,if anything like other european crap it will lose value quickly and be problematic after not much more than 100000ks.
  • yukkk
  • Too early to tell what it'll be like - just have to wait & see. Funny a lot of comments but I wonder how many bought the VE or VF - I have so I know I can judge when it's released
  • I think the guest ron is right [ not a chance [ the mustang has every think v8 pony first class .reply to ron .[ chester ]
  • it lqqks like it wants to take on [ ford mustang v8 gt coup 2016 model , I dont think it will out sell the [ pony v8 ] and I don't think their will be a waiting time. the ford mustang will win the race,let me know what you think, also will they be in the same price range as the ford mustang v8 gt , ron
  • Gee, pretty uninspiring styling, Pregnant Pastie comes to mind.................
  • Might sell better than the current one
  • Why call this a commodore! Holden should of killed of the commodore name after VF
  • @PAH keep dreaming.
  • Might be OK if it's RWD with an LS3 option.