Tour de force from Vaux­hall set to grip buy­ers

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Carmel Ste­wart

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.

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