Opel has revealed the first images and details of its next-generation infotainment system, which is set to make its debut in the Insignia (a model not offered in South Africa) later in 2018 and roll out to additional models in the future.

The Rüsselsheim-based brand says it will offer two versions of the system – Multimedia and Multimedia Navi Pro – to “consolidate Opel’s position as a leading player in infotainment and connectivity”.

The system features a colour tablet-like touchscreen measuring up to eight inches in diameter, plus a high-resolution “Driver Information Cluster” that with the Multimedia Navi Pro specified is complemented by an optional head-up display.

Users can control the system with swipe-gestures or via controls on the steering wheel (the high-end version can be additionally operated by voice control). The system includes everything one might expect from a modern infotainment arrangement, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Interestingly, two smartphones can be paired simultaneously.

The top-level Multimedia Navi Pro system includes connected navigation services, live traffic, real-time fuel prices, parking information and online map updates. With a tethered smartphone, Opel says the live traffic feature aggregates traffic information from multiple sources, with flow and conditions updated in “near real-time and integrated into routing”.

The Multimedia Navi Pro infotainment system offers up to five driver profiles, each tailored to the individual’s needs (in terms of settings such as climate control, preferred equalisation for the sound system, favourite destinations, etc.).