Off-roading estate gets all-wheel drive, a new engine and rugged looks
The Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer has been revealed as the third and final variant in the Insignia range.
Much of the car is shared with the Insignia Sports Tourer, although off-road friendly additions like black body cladding and a 20mm raised ride height set out the car as a more rugged alternative.
Like higher-end Insignia Grand Sport hatchback and Sports Tourer variants, the Country Tourer gets all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, as well as five-link rear suspension to add to the car’s off-roading ability.
The Insignia Country Tourer also gets a new engine, available with Vauxhall’s new eight-speed automatic ‘box. Three drive modes are selectable; Standard, Sport and Tour, and are selected by the driver, via a central controller. This tweaks steering, dampers, throttle response and the automatic’s shifts. Vauxhall remains tight-lipped about the new engine at present, though.
Vauxhall also claims that greater grip is achieved with its latest alternative to a rear differential, in which two electric multi-plate clutches control the power going to each rear wheel, while five-link rear suspension and adaptive dampers are tweaked by the different drive modes.
Vauxhall confirmed that the Country Tourer would make its debut at the Frankfurt motor show later this year. Prices are as yet unannounced, but expect the higher-spec starting point to mean the Country Tourer will be priced considerably higher than the entry-level Insignia Grand Sport; the previous-generation model cost from £25,349.