One of Opel’s reveals at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show will be a new Insignia GSi Sports Tourer. For those of us stateside, this is lingo for a sport version of the Insignia wagon. This hot new wagon will grace Europe’s roads with a gas or diesel engine option.
If the Insignia GSi looks familiar, that’s because it serves as the basis for our 2018 Buick Regal GS and the Holden Commodore VXR. Sadly, despite the similar bones, Buick will not leverage the wagon configuration for the Regal GS, meaning we are stuck with the sportback version only.
Nonetheless, the Insignia GSi is sporting most of the same design cues as the Regal GS, including vertical inlets on the front clip and a body kit around the whole car. More aggressive 20-inch wheels round out a stunning look for this wagon setup.
European buyers will be able to opt for a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that offers 256 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, or a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel that churns out 206 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
All versions of the GSi sport GM’s twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system, which can send torque to all four wheels as well as divide torque between the two rear wheels on an as-needed basis.
The Insignia GSi’s powertrain is in contrast to that of the Buick and Holden versions of this car, which are getting GM’s 3.6-liter V-6 with 310 horsepower and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Perhaps that engine is being reserved for a new Insignia OPC model?