Tour de force from Vauxhall set to grip buyers
VAUXHALL is steering its award-winning Insignia into the rough stuff with the addition of a top-ofthe-range estate with SUV characteristics.
Known as the Insignia Country Tourer and based on the existing Sports Tourer, it will be an all-wheel drive derivative with increased ground clearance and tougher styling.
Aesthetic changes include a protective panel which sweeps out from under the engine compartment, anthracite-coloured cladding on the side sills and lower body sections, and light units which incorporate LED daytime running lights.
The electronically-controlled 4x4 system constantly adapts to the road conditions, varying torque distribution seamlessly between the front and rear axles, as well as between the rear wheels, even before a wheel begins to slip.
It will be combined with two powerful turbo-diesel engines – a 2.0litre BiTurbo CDTi producing 192bhp, and a 2.0litre CDTi with 162bhp.
A choice of six-speed manual or a low-friction, sixspeed automatic transmission is available on the latter while the former is available in automatic only.
No word as to prices. These are expected after the Country Tourer makes its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year.
COUNTRY ESTATE: Vauxhall’s Insignia Country Tourer with all-wheel drive.