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Opel Unveils 2012 Insignia with Power Boost

Opel introduces new power boosts to the revised 2012 Insignia that will debut at Frankfurt next month.

Opel has just provided details of upgrades made to the 2012 Opel Insignia. It will be upgraded with 1.4-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engines in more markets throughout Europe. Under the hood, Opel will replace their old naturally aspirated 1.8-liter engine with the new 1.4-liter turbo gasoline unit that will produce the same output of 140hp. The new 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine will produce an additional 30 horses to bump the total performance to 250hp.

The 1.4-liter Turbo ecoFLEX engine gives the Insignia an accelerate from 0-62 mph in 10.9 seconds with a top speed of 127 mph, while the 2.0-liter Turbo unit propels the car from 0-62 in 7.5 seconds and gives it a top speed of 155 mph. Opel has done the same upgrades to the front-wheel-drive 2.0-liter Turbo model as well. Like its all-wheel-drive counterpart, it's also available with a six-speed manual transmission. Other updates include a start/stop system, more aerodynamic underbody paneling, and rolling-resistance-optimized tires, which will help reduce fuel consumption.

An interior upgrade is an SD card-based infotainment system and there's a revised front camera that adds a Following Distance Indication feature that measures the distance to the car in front and helps drivers avoid rear-end collisions with visual and audio warnings. The updated 2012 Opel Insignia will make its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show next month.

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