Thursday, December 24, 2009

New Vauxhall Insignia ecoFLEX with 160HP and 54.7mpg UK

GM's British arm, Vauxhall, has introduced a new eco-friendly version of the Insignia to the UK market. The Insignia ecoFLEX is powered by a 2.0-liter CDTi diesel engine that produces 160HP and 350Nm from 1750-2500 rpm, with overboost to 380Nm. This is the same engine used in the standard 2.0 CDTi model, however, thanks to a series of fuel-saving measures that include improved aerodynamics and the use of low resistant tires, the ecoFLEX achieves a combined fuel economy figure of 54.7mpg UK (45.6mpg US or 5.2lt/100km), or 10 percent improvement over the 2.0 CDTi.

Vauxhall claims that the new derivative of the Insignia can achieve a top speed of 135mph or 217km/h, while the 0-60mph (96km/h) sprint takes 8.9 seconds.

The new Insignia ecoFLEX will be initially available in five-door hatch and four-door saloon versions and in all trim levels apart from SRi. In the U.K., prices start from £19,600 OTR for the Exclusiv model.

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