Go anywhere in Insignia Country Tourer

The new Open Insignia Country Tourner
Offering generous ground clearance and robust all-round protection, the new Insignia Country Tourer adds a spirit of adventure to the range.

Offering generous ground clearance and robust all-round protection, the new Insignia Country Tourer adds a spirit of adventure to the range.

It is now offered with a front wheel drive variant and a new entry level price of €35,495.

This athletic all-rounder, with higher ground clearance, provides freedom beyond urban 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.

Meanwhile, Opel’s all-wheel drive ensures grip and sure-footed handling in all conditions. Front wheel and all-wheel drive variants feature a 2-litre turbo diesel engine with 163hp that gives up to 380 Nm of torque and is offered in manual or automatic transmission.

Insignia customers who prefer characteristic off-road styling but don’t necessarily need the 4x4 drive can choose front-wheel drive, thus lowering fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to the all-wheel drive version.

With front-wheel drive, 6-speed manual transmission and Start/Stop, the Insignia Country Tourer 2.0 CDTi consumes 4.5 litres diesel per 100 km. Emissions are 119 g/km and annual road tax costs €200.

Inside, standard features on the Country Tourer include Opel’s infotainment system: IntelliLink which comes with Bluetooth and voice recognition, an eight inch touch screen centre console and eight-inch driver display cluster screen.

Bi-xenon Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL+) and parking sensors also come as standard. Meanwhile Opel’s highly responsive FlexRide chassis system off provides improved handling and stability in all conditions and terrains.

Insignia Country Tourer price - FWD 2.0CDTi (163PS) ecoFLEX S/S €35,495; FWD 2.0CDTi (163PS) auto €38,495; AWD 2.0CDTi (163PS) 4X4 S/S €37,995; AWD 2.0CDTi (163PS) 4X4 auto €40,995

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, acceleration 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.