The last piece in the Opel Insignia family puzzle is this: the Insignia Country Tourer. Whereas the Insignia Sports Tourer is honed for urbanites, the Country Tourer beefs up the wagon for gravel-minded folk with larger tires and higher ground clearance, underbody protection panels and body cladding. A Haldex all-wheel drive and electronically-controlled limited-slip differential can shift torque between the front and rear axles, and between the rear wheels.

Three engines will feature on the options sheet, the top choice being a 2.0-liter turbocharged gas engine with 250 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Next on the list is a 2.0-liter, twin-turbo diesel with 195 hp and 295 lb-ft, then comes another 2.0-liter diesel with 163 hp and 258 lb-ft. The twin-turbo diesel can only be had with a six-speed automatic, the other two can be fitted with either that or a six-speed manual.

The new Opel will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September, pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date. Have a read of the press release below to find out more.
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A New Kind of Opel Insignia: Country Tourer Ready for Adventure

- Top-of-the-line Sports Tourer with SUV character: Higher ground clearance and distinct protective body elements
- All-round grip: Advanced Opel all-wheel drive with variable torque delivery
- Strong pulling power: Three powerful turbo engines with up to 400 Nm torque
- Athletic appeal: Wide chrome grille and dual exhaust convey inherent power


Rüsselsheim, 2013-07-03 -- The new Insignia family will soon be completed when the Opel Insignia Country Tourer makes its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. While its Sports Tourer sibling is an elegant family and business station wagon, the new Insignia Country Tourer expresses an innate desire for adventure. The athletic 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 tailpipes. 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-liter SIDI direct injection gasoline 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 crossover 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 control.

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, gas pedal 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 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 required.

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 gasoline 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 overboost.

Both the 2.0 SIDI Turbo and the 2.0 CDTI can be mated to 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 tires 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 Insignia Country Tourer makes an ideal 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.

Well-toned: Athletic top 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-colored protective cladding on the side sills and lower body sections, which also gives the wheel-arches a more pronounced, flared look. The 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.

Prices and equipment details will be announced on the start date for orders – at the world premiere on September 10 at the IAA in Frankfurt.


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      rsail2005
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know I am a niche customer here, but I drive an Audi Allroad and it fits my lifestyle really well. If this were sitting in a Buick showroom as a Regal wagon or some sub-model like the Allroad is to the A6 (and now the A4,) I would totally consider buying one!
      Krayzeeass
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here's a strategy; bring it over with a waterfall grille, but only sell it where it'll sell, like Boise for instance, where every other car is an Outback. The Allroad, XC70 and the Outback all sell like rubbers here. If someone in a state where it's not normally offered wants one, they can always order it.
      FixarFarsan.se
      • 1 Year Ago
      These wagons with extra height are really popular in Sweden where we have snow 4-5 months/year but who's buying these in the warmer parts of US?
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FixarFarsan.se
        Fixarfarsan ... Alfonso would try and have you believe that he's the great American world traveller, which, if it were true, would indeed place him in the elite few on Autoblog. But you'd think, with all of his knowledge and adamantine experience, he'd at least be knowledgeable enough to know that the only US states larger than Sweden in area are in fact Alaska and Texas, wouldn't you?
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FixarFarsan.se
        I dunno - but much of the US (far, far, more population and area than Sweden, which is smaller than most states in area and population) has many months of snow with many regions measuring snow in feet, not inches! So, who buys them in the warmer parts doesn't really matter, now does it? Unfortunately in the US the market has morphed to CUV's, which is sad! I have had two wagons and liked them both, but the segment just doesn't do well in the US, just like hatchbacks overall!
        BG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FixarFarsan.se
        Oddly, the puffed-up rugged look is popular all over the USA. I'm always amazed when I see how many AWD BMWs are sold to retirees in Florida.
      Hoss
      • 1 Year Ago
      That would be a Buick I would buy, particularly that twin-turbo diesel version. With the Outback treatment there isn't much difference with a crossover so they should just call it a Sport Crossover to avoid the wagon stigma. Would be perfect hole filler in the Buick lineup and one that wouldn't step on the toes of any other GM nameplates (for a change).
      James
      • 1 Year Ago
      IMO the Opel (Lightning Bolt) logo is one of the coolest ever. Still remember the Opel GT's from the 70's with the bumper sticker that read "When I grow Up. I want to be a Corvette" LOL
      Snark
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks good, and I wish my Outback were this handsome, but fundamentally....this isn't really in the same league. The Outback has a better AWD system, more offroad ability, better ground clearance, and more space.
      express2day
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think an AWD Buick Regal Country Tourer would do well in the U.S.
        Street King
        • 1 Year Ago
        @express2day
        They can barely sell Regals, let alone wagon versions.
          express2day
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Street King
          The Regal sedan and this would appeal to a different market. Just as the Outback does a lot better than the Legacy, this could do a lot better than the Regal sedan.
      Farmerboy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Buick needs this . Regal Cross Trax
        Jerry
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Farmerboy
        No, Buick really does not need this
      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cue all the tards that ask GM to bring this over as a Buick, but have no means or intentions of actually buying it. 3-2-1.....
        Scooter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Street King
        You have to expect anytime a wagon shows up on AB, there's a group of commentators who clamor "bring it here". The numbers don't lie, Americans just don't love wagons. Talk about niche.
        peteMT
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Street King
        Here's a fun game: Actually go to upper midwest states that have WEATHER and look around. What do you see? Subaru wagons as far as the eye can range, peppered with Audi wagons, an occasional BMW for the sadist, and the rare MB 4matic. Heck, try WA or OR. A domestic alternative with a better interior and modern powertrain would be WELCOME at this point. And I'm not kidding when I post here asking for a car like this. If the thing drove well and had good seats, I'd cut a check.
          789dm
          • 1 Year Ago
          @peteMT
          Don't forget the other side of the conti. Here in North East everywhere I go I see many Subaru wagons.
          Kumar
          • 1 Year Ago
          @peteMT
          Colorado too....there's a quota out there that 10% of the vecs on the road need to be Subarus, no matter how old.
      CBJMNWLD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Will somebody PLEASE slap a Buick grill on this already???
      FierySolstice
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ok so why can't we kill Buick in the US and replace with Opel. Their cars are much cooler and would fit in better between Chevy and Cadillac. I still say Buicks are for old people and are very generic with that waterfall grill.
        prez29
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FierySolstice
        I'm an old guy, and I agree. Wagon looks great, just what lots of us old guys with grand kids and don't want SUVs would buy.
        Jason
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FierySolstice
        I mostly agree. Buick is just as irrelevant as Oldsmobile was. And, just as you can't say "Oldsmobile" without saying "old", you can't say "Buick" without saying "ick". How this is lost on GM - we'll never know. There is no one that doesn't associate Buick with "grandpa car", and even though the vehicles have gotten better - it's never going to happen. People wouldn't buy Buicks even if they were rebranded BMWs. Saturn was a good idea, but "Saturn" was a stupid name, and the whole thing was executed poorly, and thus killed just as the much better rebranded Opels were being brought in. Now, Opels are getting *really* good, and the US only gets one of them rebranded as an embarrasing Buick? Lame. As usual, GM misses the party by about ten years. New Lineup: Chevrolet = Economy Opel = Upwardly mobile / sport Cadillac = Aspirational And do NOT combine multiple brands in dealerships! They each get their own! That is all.
          Snark
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jason
          Irrelevant? They outsell Audi, Acura, and Infiniti.
        DK
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FierySolstice
        So a waterfall grille makes a car for old people and very generic? You pretty much have a few Opels to choose from here, just change the grille.
      Stang70Fastback
      • 1 Year Ago
      The sad thing is that this is more of an Outback than the Outback is any more. I can't criticize Subaru for their current lineup, as they clearly know what sells, but as the owner of a 2nd generation Outback, I feel as though the current generation has morphed into something entirely different: a crossover. The point of the Outback originally was that it was a WAGON with beefy suspension and higher ground clearance... essentially an SUV without the SUV part. I'm not saying it's ideal for everyone, but that was what it was. It isn't that any more. Sad... :(
        Chris Bangle
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stang70Fastback
        You do realize this Opel is BIGGER than an Outback. The Outback was always a crossover. It was the original crossover, it's evolved as the segment evolved. It's the same exact vehicle as the Legacy wagon the rest of the world gets...just with cladding and ground clearance. It still has a lower roof line than any SUV/CUV the size of a CR-V or bigger...
          William Flesher
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris Bangle
          I disagree. The Outback has ALWAYS been based on the Subaru Legacy wagon, with the exception of a few model years where it was also offered as sedan based on the same Legacy. Was the Outback sedan a crossover as well? The problem is that the word "crossover" has lost it's specificity. But it's a great marketing tool that allows hatchback, wagon and minivan buyers to deny that they have actually bought one.
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