A new 4×4 version of the Vauxhall Insignia will be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
Dubbed the Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer, the new model features all-wheel drive, higher ground clearance and tougher styling.
Externally, the Country Tourer has a wider and deeper front grille, front skid plate, flared wheel arches and anthracite body cladding.
Redesigned headlights incorporate LED daytime running lights with LED brake and tail-lights at the rear.
Two diesel engines will be available: a 2.0-litre BiTurbo CDTi producing 195PS and 400Nm of torque, and a 2.0-litre CDTi with single turbo producing 165PS and 380Nm of torque. The BiTurbo model is available with a six-speed automatic transmission only, while the 165PS model has the option of either six-speed manual or auto boxes.
The 4×4 system uses a Haldex clutch and an electronic limited-slip rear differential to maintain traction. In normal use, the system reverts to front-wheel drive operation to save fuel.
The system constantly monitors inputs such as yaw rate, acceleration, steering angle, wheel speed, throttle position, etc., to determine the correct front/rear torque split for the prevailing conditions. Vauxhall boasts that the system can continue to provide forward moment even when only one wheel has traction.
In addition to the chunky styling and 4×4 transmission, the Country Tourer’s suspension has been raised by 20mm, and larger diameter tyres are fitted.
“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 details will be released on the 10th September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
We look forward to getting one muddy.