Vauxhall plans to introduce a new 1.6-litre petrol to the large family car line up, where it will appear in the new hatchback and estate, or ST, models.
Vauxhall says the new engine, which is set to arrive within the next year, will deliver 20PS extra compared to the current 1.6-litre engine but it will be 13 per cent more efficient as the same time.
This is achieved through the introduction of stop-start technology to the range, a feature already creating emissions and fuel economy savings across the Vauxhall range in its green Ecoflex engines.
The Ecoflex engines are frugal diesels available with all Vauxhall models, including the best-selling Vauxhall Corsa supermini and the Vauxhall Astra small family car.
However, it will now appear on the more powerful versions of the Vauxhall Insignia, the top-selling car in its segment and the most executive model in Vauxhall’s range.
“The quality, reliability and driveability of our cars is improving at an unprecedented rate,” said Duncan Aldred, Chairman and Managing Director of Vauxhall Motors. “Replacing core engine ranges with high-output, high efficiency units will enhance our cars’ appeal still further and reinforce our commitment to producing first-class products.”
Vauxhall says the new engine will lead the industry for CO2 emissions, economy, torque and refinement when it arrives in 2013, with production set to begin late in 2012.
The Vauxhall Insignia hatchback starts from £18,040. The Vauxhall Insignia saloon is priced at £20,705 and the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer costs £20,240.
The current Vauxhall Insignia is available from Perrys Vauxhall dealerships now.