Opel engineers are out testing some new hardware in the shell of a
current-generation Insignia Sports Tourer
, and according to our source that hardware is the mechanicals for the next-gen Insignia, due out in 2016.
The Insignia is a crucial model for General Motors as it’s not only sold in Europe but also in the U.S. and China, where it's badged as a Buick Regal. While it’s not certain if the same will happen for the next generation of the respective cars, there’s a good chance it will given General Motors Company’s [GM:NYSE] attempts to further consolidate its Opel and Buick brands
The car featured here is believed to be a test mule for the next-gen Insignia. The bump on the hood suggests that some new powertrains may be in the works.
The new Insignia is expected to ride on a heavily updated version of the current model’s front-wheel-drive Epsilon II platform and should feature styling influenced by Opel’s forward-looking Monza concept
unveiled in 2013.
Considering the current Epsilon II platform is already found in a diverse range of GM models such as the Chevrolet Malibu and Impala, as well as the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac XTS, it’s likely their replacements will also use the updated version of the platform being developed here. Holden’s next-generation Commodore
due in 2017 should also feature this platform.
We’ll update the post as soon as we gather more details._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.