Opel has announced an addition to the broad Insignia lineup with the rugged Insignia Country Tourer. The all-wheel-drive, all-purpose estate stands out with lower body cladding, swollen wheel arches, extra protection for the underbody, and a lifted ride height compared to the standard Insignia Sports Tourer.
The Country Tourer will offer the 184 kW/250 hp, 2.0-liter SIDI direct injection gasoline unit or a high-performance 2.0L BiTurbo CDTI – both generating 249 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque.
Torque vectoring is present in this latest Haldex all-wheel-drive system, with multiple sensors constantly feeding individual control modules with information on yaw rate, acceleration, steering angle, wheel speed, gas pedal position, engine speed and torque. From this multitude of factors, front/rear power distribution is calculated.
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 4×4 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, with only a single rear wheel having traction.
Look for it to grace the stage during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show this September.