2009 Opel signum | new car review

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 by

Introduced to the Middle East market in 2004, the is a large family car based on the Vectra and uses the long-wheelbase version of the GM Epsilon platform. The car is based on an unusual concept of a very large hatchback with a nearly vertical tailgate. Its dimensions place it between traditional large family cars and executive cars. The Signum was intended to partially replace the defunct Omega in its role as an inexpensive yet comfortable executive car, and also capture a whole new market segment.

The most distinctive feature of the Signum is its front end with cylindrical, chrome-coloured lamp units behind clear glass. A wide chrome crossbar with the large Opel emblem is the dominant feature of the grille. The Signum combines elegant design, revolutionary flexibility and outstanding dynamics, giving it an unmistakable character from every angle. Its striking appearance results from a long wheelbase and short rear overhang, elongated profile with Opel’s typical four-window design, wide C-pillar and a domed rear window that wraps itself around the body’s rear contours.

The interior is more than ever defined by high quality look and feel, thanks to new materials. With its long wheelbase and intelligent packaging, occupants – especially in the rear of the Signum – enjoy a level of space and comfort comparable to a luxury car. With the clever FlexSpace concept, the two outer rear seats can be slid individually 130 mm lengthwise to provide maximum legroom and the seatbacks can be reclined up to 30 degrees. The fully functional centre seat is very versatile: when the cushion is rotated, a storage console is created, while folding down the seatback creates an armrest.

The Signum employs the state-of-the-art 3.2-litre V6 engine equipped with a maintenance-free particulate filter as standard. Providing plenty of power in all driving situations using a twin-scroll turbocharger, the V6 makes 211 bhp and 300 Nm of torque. A six-speed automatic gearbox with ActiveSelect function is available as an option; otherwise the standard six-speed manual transmission does the job of transmitting power to the wheels.

Body TypeHatchback
Price (in AED)N/A
Engine (litre)3.2
Power (bhp)211
Torque (Nm)300

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