Vauxhall will add a rugged SUV-inspired all-purpose estate to its Insignia range later this year.
Known as the Insignia Country Tourer, and based on the Sports Tourer model, but with all-wheel drive, higher ground clearance and chunkier styling, the new car will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.
All-wheel drive is combined with choice of two turbo-diesel engines: a 2.0-litre BiTurbo CDTi, producing 195bhp and 295lb-ft of torque, and a 2.0-litre CDTi with 165bhp and up to 280lb-ft torque available. A choice of six-speed manual or a low-friction, six-speed automatic transmission is available on the 165bhp diesel engine. The 195bhp BiTurbo diesel engine is available in automatic only.
The Haldex all-wheel drive system provides torque to the front wheels unless wheelspin is detected, when drive is then sent to the rear and electronics govern how much is needed on the left or right side of the rear axle.
The adaptive all-wheel system also supports drivers in non-critical situations. To reduce frictional losses and save fuel, the system automatically reverts to front-wheel drive whenever it senses that no adaptive interventions are required.
Off road, the new Insignia Country Tourer also benefits from larger tyres and a raised ride height, in addition to its four-wheel drive traction. Ground clearance is 20mm higher than on a standard model, a major advantage when encountering loose, uneven terrain.
"The Insignia Country Tourer is perfect for a winter holiday, on snowy roads, or simply when the going gets tough," said Stuart Harris, Vauxhall’s head of carline brand. "Even on urban roads its robust looks give it strong stand-out appeal."
Prices and full equipment details will coincide with the vehicle’s world premiere on September 10 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.