The best photographs yet of the replacement for the Opel Vectra have surfaced.
The photographs were taken during "airbag mis-use" testing on a closed airfield in Germany, and reveal the styling and shape of the vehicle that will replace the Opel family car next year.
The new Epsilon 2 platform will allow a wider and taller body than currently exists, which should mean more space inside for passengers - something that's vital in a class where machines such as VW's Passat have set new standards. The wider stance should also mean an even more composed driving experience.
Almost undisguised for the first time are details of the newcomer's styling.
The new car is clearly following the Astra and Antara SUV with a bold front end and a radical fastback profile. A higher-quality cabin will also be key to keeping the new model on terms with its rivals.
According to sources, a great deal of effort has been put into giving the new car a massive boost in terms of quality feel inside. There have been reports that the Vectra name may be changed to Insignia. However, this has not been confirmed.
It will be launched at next year's London Motor show.