New Vauxhall Insignia will have striking SUV design
The new Vauxhall Insignia will get a major redesign as an electric SUV by the mid 2020s, here’s what to expect
- Next Insignia to get SUV styling
- Solely electric drivetrain
- Likely to arrive by 2025
Our exclusive images show how it’s likely to look; with a sleek design despite its crossover-style makeover. The design bucks the traditional trend of a tall, boxy SUV and instead the model tapers off with a ‘fastback’-style rear end, while still retaining a high-riding stance.
The car’s silhouette is somewhat reminiscent of the Peugeot 408, and also follows a similar ethos to the Citroen C5 X – these are both cars under the Stellantis group. Sources suggest, however, that the upcoming Insignia could in fact use a new STLA Medium platform also set to be used for the Peugeot e-3008 electric SUV, as the next-generation Insignia will be fully electric.
Stellantis’ sleek SUV models aren’t designed that way merely for styling reasons, though. The Peugeot e-3008’s body shape is reportedly intended to boost electric range, and this same approach has been adopted to make the Vauxhall Insignia as efficient as possible.
Details of the Insignia’s battery size and range are yet to be released, but the Peugeot e-3008 will offer up to 435 miles of range on a full charge. The STLA Medium platform can accept battery sizes ranging from 87 to 104kWh.
The Vauxhall Insignia is set to be more practical and spacious when compared with the Peugeot e-3008, and will likely have a longer wheelbase to accommodate a larger battery to keep range figures competitive. The Insignia will likely be more comparable in size to another upcoming car based on the STLA Medium platform, the Peugeot e-5008, although details on this model are scarce.
The STLA Medium platform offers and entry-level power figure of 201bhp, with the potential for dual-motor setups with a power figure of up to 443bhp, so Vauxhall definitely has the tools to put together a prospective high-performance GSe edition of the Insignia, although there hasn’t been any word from the brand itself.
Previous reports suggested a release date of 2024, but this is no longer the case. It’s still early days, but the Insignia is expected to be released at around the middle of the decade, ahead of Vauxhall’s target of 2028 to be an electric-only brand.
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