Vauxhall Insignia to get new Whisper Diesel engine

Vauxhall has announced that its popular Insignia range will benefit from a new 1.6-litre Whisper Diesel engine.

Replacing the current 2.0-litre diesel engine in the Insignia range, the new turbocharged Whisper Diesel is so named for its exceptional levels of smoothness and refinement.

Pricing for the Vauxhall Insignia with the new engine starts from £19,534, while it can manage up to 74.3mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions as low as 99g/km, which means free road tax.

Powerful, frugal and refined

Frugality doesn’t mean that it’s slow, however, as this engine can take the Insignia from 0-60mph in as little as 10.9 seconds, before going on to a top speed of 130mph.

As well as the new engine, the Insignia is now available to order with OnStar, a unique connectivity system that aims to increase in-car connectivity and also boost safety.

Unveiled by Vauxhall earlier this week, the OnStar package works on a subscription basis and allows drivers to use their car as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to seven devices via a high-speed 4G connection.

New OnStar package

It can also connect drivers directly with a call centre advisor, provide diagnostic and vehicle data and will automatically call out emergency services to the car’s location in the event of an accident.

Finally, OnStar also allows owners to track their cars remotely via smartphone app, and can also be used to immobilise the engine and help police locate the car in the event that it’s stolen.

Vauxhall says that the new OnStar package will be available as standard on Elite, Limited Edition and VXR trims, while it can also be added to the rest of the range as a £395 option.

Upgraded infotainment system

The Insignia also now comes with the latest version of Vauxhall’s IntelliLink infotainment system, which is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android smartphones and mobile devices.

Allowing for fast access to music and apps, the new IntelliLink is operated via an eight-inch colour touchscreen and also enables audio streaming, voice control and a navigation system.

The Vauxhall Insignia range is available to buy from Perrys Vauxhall dealerships now, with prices starting from £16,829 for the entry-level model.