Vauxhall will be looking to take on the Ford Mondeo and Skoda Superb with the smart-looking new Insignia Grand Sport. First drives are expected in spring 2017.

Vauxhall will be looking to take on the Ford Mondeo and Skoda Superb with the smart-looking new Insignia Grand Sport. First drives are expected in spring 2017.

Vauxhall has released these pictures of its all new Insignia – now dubbed the Grand Sport – ahead of its official debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Increased standard spec combined with lower running costs will make Vauxhall’s Mondeo-rival even more desirable to company car drivers – along with extra connectivity and increased comfort, says Vauxhall.

The extra efficiency is helped by its turbocharged engines – although exact technical details are yet to be announced – while 175kg has been shaved off its kerb weight compared to the outgoing Insignia.

Expect the engine-range to include its predecessor’s 1.4-litre petrol turbo, along with a choice of turbodiesels.

A new eight-speed automatic gearbox will also be offered, as will a four-wheel-drive system featuring torque vectoring. This transfers the power between wheels to aid cornering – perhaps paving the way for a hot VXR version, however this is said to be unlikely.

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Vauxhall’s ‘Flexride’ adaptive suspension allows drivers to flick between ‘standard’, ‘sport’ and ‘tour’ modes, adjusting the dampers to offer a firmer or more comfortable ride, as well as sharpening up the steering and tweaking the shift points on the automatic gearbox.

The Insignia Grand Sport takes elements of its design from the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show Opel Monza concept. A longer wheelbase combined with a lower roofline and wider track gives it a more purposeful look than its predecessor – although, in our eyes, it does look a bit Mondeo.

A result of the sleeker looks is a drag factor of 0.26, contributing towards its reduced running costs.

This picture suggests improvements have been made inside – following in the path set by the much-improved Astra, released last year.

The cabin is more driver-focussed, says Vauxhall, with the driver sitting 3cm lower than before. With a centre console and instruments facing the driver, the manufacturer says it provides “a [driving] position similar to the one provided in a competition touring car.” Right…

Tech highlights include the integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity systems, along with wireless mobile phone charging – as seen on the Astra. It will also get Vauxhall’s OnStar concierge service and an on-board WiFi hotspot.

Clever driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and rear cross traffic alert.

More information on the new Vauxhall Insignia, including pricing and an on-sale date, will follow at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Motoring Research will be there reporting live.