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2020 Vauxhall Insignia facelift – better tech and safety


Vauxhall has revealed the first batch of photos for its facelifted flagship sedan, the Insignia. The full-sized premium car competes against the likes of the Volkswagen Passat and Peugeot 508, and the 2020 refresh offers a new look with considerable tech upgrades.

To start, the sedan now features the automaker’s next-generation IntelliLux LED headlights, with 84 LED elements in each side (up from the previous 16). It’s linked to a camera which automatically dips the beam throw when an oncoming vehicle is detected. Vauxhall says the adjustment is done in milliseconds, and the headlights can even be used as LED DRLs (to go with the flipped DRLs) under certain conditions.

For design, the front and rear are new, with the former getting a new chrome-edged radiator grille with more prominent slats. The revised lower bumper also gives the sedan a lower and wider stance, while the fog lamps are now integrated into the air inlets. More expensive models get additional chrome accents around the car for a more upmarket look.

In terms of powertrain, the most potent Insignia gets a 2.0 litre turbo-four with 260 hp and 400 Nm, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. With the transmission shifting automatically, the driver can preselect the shift points in Standard and Sport modes. A diesel option is available, too.

Inside, the infotainment system starts from the basic seven-inch touchscreen Multimedia Radio to the range-topping eight-inch head unit with Connected Navigation. The latter offers real-time traffic information, online map updates and predictive navigation for route planning. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available, as well as a wireless smartphone charging tray.

There’s also the addition of a new rear-view camera, which works together with the optional rear-cross traffic alert (detects objects up to 20 metres away). Other driver assistance systems include forward collision with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, side-blind spot alert, adaptive cruise control with emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, advanced park assist, and head-up display.

An optional E-Call system can be specified for Insignia owners. This automatically sends an emergency call when the seatbelt tensioners or airbags are deployed. The red E-Call button, on the other hand, summons emergency aids. Alternatively, help can be summoned in seconds by pressing the red E-Call button.

Innovative tech features are not limited to the running features or infotainment unit as ergonomically certified AGR sears are available as an option for the driver and passenger, while compatible smartphones can be charged wirelessly.

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