Vauxhall Insignia to be reborn as SUV in 2024
In a bid to boost sales Vauxhall's Insignia will morph into a crossover – and our exclusive images preview how it could look
It seems the public has an insatiable need for crossovers – and Vauxhall is more than happy to meet its demands. So much so, that the company’s next-generation Insignia will ditch its low-slung liftback styling in favour of a tall-riding SUV stance, which the company hopes will reignite interest in the model following a slump in sales.
Given the new design brief, we expect the next Insignia will be based on the same eVMP underpinnings as the Peugeot’s upcoming replacements for the 3008 and 5008 SUVs. That also means the crossover will be available with a choice of electric powertrains, offering between 250 and 400 miles of range, depending on the battery pack and motors.
The eVMP architecture is compatible with batteries ranging between 60kWh and 100kWh in capacity – and there’ll likely be a broad range of electric motor configurations, starting with the 134bhp front-wheel drive powertrain from the Corsa-e and topping-out with a 335bhp dual-motor, four-wheel drive system in the flagship.
Those unwilling to make the shift to EV power will also be pleased to hear that Stellantis’s eVMP chassis is basically a heavily reworked version of the company’s existing EMP2 platform, meaning Vauxhall will be able to offer plug-in hybrid power on the Insignia, alongside these new electric models.
Vauxhall (and stablemates Citroen and Peugeot) hasn’t released any details about the PHEV system destined for its next-generation vehicles. Currently, the firm uses a 296bhp 1.6-litre unit with a 13.2kWh battery pack, which offers a maximum range of around 40 miles. However, that could easily be updated for the brand’s next-gen models.
Like Peugeot with the 3008 and 5008, Vauxhall will also shun pure-combustion power on the new Insignia crossover. In place of the current car’s petrol and diesel engines, there’ll be a line-up of mild-hybrid units, designed in tandem with the Belgian engineering firm Punch Powertrain. Details on the units are still yet to be confirmed.
We first heard about the new Vauxhall Insignia crossover back in 2019, after sitting down for a chat with the company’s then managing director, Stephen Norman. He told us: “The industry is asking what happens after the SUV. And we think the new Insignia will be it. It’s the biggest metamorphosis of what we’ve seen so far from Vauxhall.”
Norman wouldn’t be drawn on any more details, but Auto Express has since learned that the current low-slung Insignia Grand Sport will eventually be replaced by a crossover that’s somewhere between an SUV and an MPV.
That doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll have seven seats, but it’s almost certain to be a more premium and spacious high-riding model which follows a similar design brief to the recently launched Citroen C5 X crossover. Our exclusive images preview how the car could look.
We probably won’t see the new Insignia until 2024, though. The current car was facelifted this year, which means it has at least another three years of life left in it. That timeline would also give Peugeot enough time to launch the new 3008 and 5008 before the Insignia – which is important as the brand takes priority over Vauxhall in the Stellantis pecking order.
Now read all the latest news on the upcoming replacement for the next Insignia chassis-mate, the new Peugeot 3008…