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Next-gen Opel Insignia spotted, 2018 Commodore? (video)

Prototypes for the next-generation Opel Insignia have been spotted in Germany, along side a mysterious prototype Astra wagon.

2018 Opel Insignia prototype

The significance of the new Insignia simply cannot be overstated. Not only is it the technical flagship and largest European offering for Opel, but it will also serve as the basis for the next Buick Regal for the US and probably more importantly, China.

Based on a new GM ‘E2XX’ architecture shared with the latest Chevrolet Malibu, the new model is believed to form the 2018 Holden Commodore. This means prototypes are sure to start appearing in our sunburnt country soon.

Other media outlets have speculated the Commodore will only come in hatchback and wagon body styles, leaving the sedan solely for the Buick Regal, but this seems unfounded as it would be too radical a departure to justify retaining the Commodore nameplate and not offering a sedan.

The snapper of these prototypes, YouTuber DrGrumoLunatic, mistook them for Renault Meganes because of the camouflage. However, the Megane is noticeably smaller. Additionally, the prototypes feature ‘GG’ German license plates, standing for the Groß-Gerau district, also where Opel is headquartered.

What is also significant about this latest spotting is the appearance of a new wishbone rear suspension setup. This should allay some fears about the handling of the next Commodore, as should the fact the Insignia already possesses good handling characteristics.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.