2017 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer Proves Spaciousness Can Be Sexy14
In the pursuit to launch seven new vehicles in 2017, Opel hasn’t pumped the brakes following the debut of the 2017 Crossland X. Now, it’s turning focus back to its flagship Insignia nameplate with the reveal of the 2017 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer.
Much like the 2017 Insignia Grand Sport (sedan), the same sharp and flowing lines, technology and self-described driving dynamics are present. Except, the Insignia Sports Tourer is all about spaciousness and functionality.
Opel has added 100 liters (3.58 cubic feet) of additional trunk volume to the 2018 Insignia Sports Tourer for a grand total of 1,640 liters (57.91 cubic feet). Dimensions also grow to make the 2018 Insignia Sports Tourer 3.6 inches longer, though, the front overhang has been reduced by 1.2 inches.
But where it has added space, it has lost weight. The inbound Insignia Sports Tourer sheds up to 441 pounds over the outgoing Sports Tourer model depending on trim variant and packaging. Opel says weight loss was the starting point for a driver-focused vehicle, combined with a revised, lower seating position.
We’re still in the dark on what Opel has planned for powering its latest flagship portfolio, but the brand did state turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox will be part of the powertrain package. Also expect optional all-wheel drive with torque vectoring to show face and FlexRide chassis to be accounted for, too.
Those looking for the 2018 Insignia Grand Sport’s sexy new looks won’t be disappointed in the slightest but will be further elated to know of greater functionality, including a “kick to open” rear tailgate. By waving your foot in the designated area at the rear, the tailgate can open and close itself. Opel has also redesigned the loading points to be simpler than ever.
On the technology and comfort side of things, Opel hasn’t skimped either. The next generation of IntelliLux Matrix LED lighting will be present with the Insignia Sports Tourer, which build upon the award-winning system found in the Astra K. Ergonomic, front massaging seats, heated windshield, panoramic sunroof and the latest Opel OnStar suite of technology provide the most premium Insignia experience to date.
Opel plans to show off its sexy cargo hauler at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show on March 4, 2017. Before that, though, it will open order books for the Insignia Sports Tourer this month. The Insignia Sports Tourer also heads to Holden as the 2018 Commodore Sports Tourer. And, if rumors peg themselves as right, we’ll see a 2018 Buick Regal TourX largely based on what you see here in the coming months as well.
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Bring it — but price it right too!!!!
I want it too. Bring it!
They will kill like they have the Envision and Lacrosse. Take cues from Ford (i.e. Escape) and Chrysler and make it affordable. Same old GM
What price is right
Great for markets in Europe and Asia; but in the US, this is still be viewed as an American station wagon and it’ll be as successful as Cadillac’s CTS Sports Wagon. I remember the Motor Trend YouTube video that said Cadillac’s CTS-V Sports Wagon was possibly the rarest of all cars that General Motors made especially the CTS-V Sports Wagon with a manual transmission.
Cadillac should be this good at styling. This wagon is beautiful! Opel is out doing Audi here.
A Malibu sport wagon could be good
Put a Tri-Shield on the grill and move the turn indicator light from the fender to the front edge of the wheel well
and ship a few to the States . It would give consumers a different vehicle for hauling kids and their sports gear in a market flooded with CUV’s .
This is truly a beautiful vehicle, no matter what it is called. This belongs in the Buick family, and hopefully offered with both Turbo four cylinder, and the GM six cylinder, to satisfy all buyers, in all demographics. We have owned four Mercedes Benz station wagons, and two Volvo wagons, over the past 30+ years…buyers of those wagons, don’t seem to have an issue with what their called, but like us, we love what they can do, how comfortable they are when they do it, how stylish they are, and how sporty their handling is compared to a Crossover or SUV. We look forward to adding this gorgeous Buick, to our GM family, with AWD and all the extras…Love the European styling, it has that Mercedes flair of confidence.
I was reading a story on a full size Pontiac wagon. In 1976 the Grand Safari only sold just over 9000 unit.
Now I know Chevy and Ford accounted for most sales but I get the feeling wagon sales never were all that high. But the cost to develop them back in the past was much lower.
Today we are in an era of development cost being so high it is difficult to cover the cost of these cars with out it being a global model.
That is good news though as that is just what this is and one of the few low volume cars that can can really make it in lower volume in multiple markets.
This is what Buick can do that even Chevy would struggle to sell.
This is a great car that could thrive even in low numbers with how it will be sold.
This is why a small Opel sports car could also work or even some OPC models as Holden’s, Buicks and Vauxhall.
Agreed–this wagon can be a truly world car and even sold as a Chevrolet in markets without Opel and Buick.
I’m beginning to learn the lesson of Envision: Buick can maintain a large, eclectic line up provided it rely on captive import distribution channels.
In many ways Opel styling and design suits global preferences better than Chevrolet. The General had better make sure than GM Europe get a larger chunk of licencing fees so that Wall Street and the media stop gripping about the divisions “looses”. Opel, in reality, has been a key driver of Buick for the past decade.
I hope this shows up stateside as a Buick.
Although the sales of CUVs and SUVs are high, frankly more and more buyers think they all look the same and are really conscious of mileage more than ever. I think Buick will definitely catch the attention of a lot of buyers: soccer moms who want cargo space and dads who want performance and stunning looks of a coupe. This is a real alternative to the CUV/SUV segment and it’s really stunning. I’m glad I waited because I’m tired of CUVs and SUVs with their boxy shapes and lackluster performance. I’ll be driving a TouRX a year from now.
Now that Opel is no more GM, Chevrolet should gives us a Cruze tourer and AWD tourer off road to compete with the Golf all track. A Malibu tourer will give more space