Opel's new AWD Insignia Country Tourer
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7th July, 2013
- Top-of-the-line Sports Tourer with SUV characteristics
- All-wheel drive with variable torque delivery
- Three turbo engines with up to 400 Nm torque
The new Insignia family will soon be completed when the Opel Insignia Country Tourer makes its world premiere at
Germany's Frankfurt Motor Show in September. While the regular Sports Tourer is an elegant family and business station
wagon, the new Insignia Country Tourer expresses an innate desire for adventure. The all-rounder, with its higher ground
clearance, provides freedom beyond the constraints of city limits and asphalt roads. Defining features include protective
under-body guards front and rear, combined with prominent wheel-arch and lower body cladding, all complemented by dual
exhaust tail pipes. State-of-the-art all-wheel drive ensures grip and sure-footed handling in all driving conditions. It
is teamed with powerful turbo engines such as a 184 kW (250 hp), 2.0-litre SIDI direct injection petrol unit or a
high-performance 2.0 BiTurbo CDTI – both generating impressive maximum torque of 400 Nm.
“The sensational success of our young Opel Mokka in the sub-compact SUV segment has demonstrated the popularity of
vehicles with a cross-over character,” says Duncan Aldred, Opel’s Acting Vice President Sales, Marketing and
Aftersales. “With the new Insignia Country Tourer, we are now filling this sporty niche in the larger, mid-size class.
It enables us to offer customers an alternative choice they’ve never had before at Opel. They can spice up the high
quality of our brand flagship with a strong dose of adventure. At the same time, we’re confident the athletic appeal of
the Insignia Country Tourer will also attract new customers to our brand.”
Opel’s all-wheel drive: Top-class technology in the mid-size segment
The electronically controlled 4x4 drivetrain incorporates a high-quality clutch, operating on Haldex principles, and
an electronic limited-slip differential to ensure superb traction on both paved and unpaved surfaces. It constantly
adapts to prevailing road conditions and varies torque distribution seamlessly from zero to 100 percent between the front
and rear axles, as well as between the rear wheels. The main benefit is that all this happens even before a wheel starts
to slip due to lack of traction, for example on wet or snow-covered roads. In combination with the electronically
controlled FlexRide premium chassis, the all-wheel drive system sets standards in terms of reaction time and vehicle
When necessary, the clutch controlling drive distribution immediately sends more torque to the rear axle. The 4x4
system’s sensors constantly feed individual control modules with information on yaw rate, acceleration, steering angle,
wheel speed, accelerator position, engine speed and torque, and the front/rear power distribution is constantly adapted
to the driving situation based on this information.
Ultimate stability and higher dynamics are ensured by the electronically-controlled rear-axle Limited Slip
Differential (eLSD). The eLSD controls the distribution of torque between the rear wheels, transferring drive torque to
the wheel that has the most grip. While offering better traction in slippery conditions, the sophisticated operation of
this adaptive 4x4 drive system guarantees the highest levels of driver control and active safety in all situations. The
Opel Insignia Country Tourer can even provide propulsion when three wheels are on loose or slippery ground and only one
rear wheel has traction.
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
Turbo engine line-up: High torque on demand
Strong Opel turbo engine power is a perfect match for the Country Tourer’s state-of-the-art 4x4 drivetrain. The choice
of three engines is led by a 184 kW/250 hp 2.0 SIDI (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) Turbo petrol-fuelled engine,
delivering excellent performance. Generating an impressive 400 Nm of torque, this direct injection engine guarantees
massive levels of traction.
The high-performance 143 kW/195 hp 2.0 BiTurbo CDTI diesel also packs 400 Nm of pulling power. Its sequential,
two-phase turbocharger delivers an immediate throttle response for excellent traction. A 120 kW/163 hp, 2.0 CDTI (with
single tailpipe) completes the engine line-up, giving access to 350 Nm of torque, which is raised briefly to 380 Nm on
Both the 2.0 SIDI Turbo and the 2.0 CDTI can be paired with a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic
transmission, while the 2.0 BiTurbo CDTI is available only with the latter.
Off asphalt, the new Insignia Country Tourer also benefits from larger tyres and a raised ride height, in addition to
its four-wheel drive traction and lively responses. Ground clearance is 20 mm higher than standard, a major advantage
when encountering loose, uneven terrain. So whether it’s used for a winter holiday on snowy roads, or simply when the
going gets tough, the Opel Insignia Country Tourer makes a worthy companion to easily handle unpaved roads and hilly
terrain during work or leisure time. And in the city, its rugged looks also give it a strong stand-out appeal.
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Well-toned: station wagon with SUV character
The purposeful character of the new Insignia Country Tourer clearly signals its strong desire for freedom. With a
signature Opel grille, now wider and deeper, the frontal styling has a distinct appeal. The grille’s horizontal chrome
bar carries the central brand emblem and is sculpted in a wing form, with its outer tips turned upwards like winglets
alongside the headlamps. A protective panel, in a gleaming silver finish, sweeps out from under the engine compartment; a
prominent design theme echoed at the rear, where the paneling is framed by two gleaming exhaust tailpipes – all elements
that simultaneously communicate a sense of power and protection.
Another characteristic feature is the anthracite-coloured protective cladding on the side sills and lower body
sections, which also gives the wheel-arches a more pronounced, flared look. The Opel Insignia Country Tourer’s robust
appearance gives it an assertive, self-confident persona. A final visual flourish is provided by distinctive front and
rear light units. The tinted headlamps, with embedded chrome accents, exude high-quality and incorporate wing-style LED
daytime running lights (depending on trim version). The graphic design theme is repeated at the rear, where LED brake and
taillights also illuminate brightly. With its unique design features, the new Insignia Country Tourer successfully
combines its roles as sporty adventurer and prestigious brand flagship.
Right-hand drive production has been given the go ahead with General Motors preparing for a UK release with the new
car wearing a Vauxhall badge.
Next Car anticipates the new Opel Insignia Country Tourer will be coming to Australia and that may be as early
as the first quarter 2014.