Vauxhall is set to add a rugged SUV-inspired all-purpose estate to its New Insignia range later this year. Known as the Country Tourer, the new model is based on the New Insignia Sports Tourer, but features all-wheel drive, higher ground clearance and altogether tougher looks. The new car is due to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.
Unmistakeably imposing, Country Tourer is set off by its signature Griffin grille now wider and deeper in common with other models in the New Insignia range. Other distinguishing features include:
Country Tourer drivers can choose between two powerful yet highly efficient turbo-diesel engines: a 2.0 litre BiTurbo CDTi, producing 195PS and 400Nm of torque and a 2.0 litre CDTi with 163PS and up to 380Nm torque available.
The electronically controlled 4x4 drivetrain continuously adjusts and optimises torque distribution between the front and rear axles via a Haldex hydraulic rear clutch unit, optimising handling and stability in all conditions. It constantly adapts to the prevailing road conditions and varies torque distribution seamlessly between the front and rear axles, as well as between the rear wheels, even before a wheel begins to slip. It can even provide propulsion when three wheels are on loose or slippery ground and only one rear wheel has traction. In normal driving conditions the adaptive all-wheel system reverts to front-wheel drive, thereby reducing frictional losses and helping to save fuel.
New Insignia Country Tourer also benefits from larger tyres and a raised ride height; ground clearance is 20mm higher than the standard model’s, a big advantage when tackling loose, uneven terrain.
Prices and full equipment details for this exciting new model will be released to coincide with the vehicle’s world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 10th September.
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