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Vauxhall has announced that the updated version of its popular Insignia will be offered with a hot 227bhp GSI variant.

Vauxhall revealed the facelifted version at the end of 2019 – featuring updated styling, new more efficient ‘IntelliLux’ LED headlights and additional safety kit.

Vauxhall has now announced engine details too, with a 227bhp petrol GSI variant heading up the line-up – replacing a punchy diesel offered in the previous GSI version.

The latest hot model is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 350Nm of torque. It’s paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission that sends its power to all four wheels. Other performance upgrades on the model includes Brembo brakes, adaptive suspension and switchable drive modes.

A non-GSI version of this 2.0-litre petrol engine is also available with 197bhp.

Elsewhere in the engine line-up, the Insignia benefits from a pair of engines recently introduced to the updated Astra. These include a 143bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine matched to a six-speed manual gearbox, as well as a 120bhp 1.5-litre diesel unit that also features a manual transmission. This latter engine is the most efficient in the line-up – returning up to 61.4mpg, with CO2 emissions of 121g/km on the WLTP cycle.

Vauxhall claims the new engines are up to 18 per cent more efficient, while also bringing weight savings, too.

Pricing and specs for the updated Insignia are yet to be announced, though the range of trims is not likely to change from the outgoing model. Expect a slight price increase over the current £20,045 starting price. Order books for the new model will open in February.

Ted Welford

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January 10, 2020

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