2014 Opel Insignia Country Tourer seen at the Frankfurt [Live Photos]

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 12, 2013

Opel keeps it interesting with the debut of the Insignia Country Tourer, which is actually an off-road version of the Insignia Sports Tourer. It was last June that Opel presented the 2014 Insignia Facelift. The 2014 Opel Insignia Country Tourer was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). It features protective under-body guards front and rear, bold wheel-arch and lower body cladding, and new dual exhaust tailpipes.

Its ground clearance is 20 mm higher than the standard figure. There are three engines offered for the 2014 Insignia Country Tourer. These include 2.0-liter SIDI (Spark Ingnition Direct Injection) Turbo gasoline engines, which offer 250 hp and 400 Nm of torque. In addition, it is available with the 2.0-liter BiTurbo CDTI diesel engine that delivers 195 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Opel also offers a 163 hp 2.0-liter CDTI (with a single tailpipe) that has a maximum torque of 350 Nm (380 Nm on overboost).

Buyers can choose between the 2.0 SIDI Turbo and the 2.0 CDTI that could be coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission. However, the 2.0 BiTurbo CDTI is only comes with an automatic transmission.

The Insignia Country Tourer is featured with the electronically controlled 4x4 drivetrain that uses a high-quality clutch, running on Haldex principles, and an electronic limited-slip differential to guarantee excellent traction on both paved and unpaved surfaces. Duncan Aldred, Opel’s Acting Vice President Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, said that the success of its Opel Mokka in the sub-compact SUV segment is indicative of how popular crossover vehicles are.

He said that the new Insignia Country Tourer fills the sporty niche in the larger, mid-size class and provides a never-before-seen alternative. He cited the Insignia Country Tourer’s athletic appeal as an attractive feature to new customers.

Its engine is attached to a robotized e-gear six-speed transmission ran by steering wheel paddles. The Gallardo Squadra Corse’s design includes a decal strip down the flank that shows green, white and red -- the colors of the Italian flag. The Squadra Corse is offered in Giallo Midas (yellow), Bianco Monocerus (white), Grigio Thalasso (grey) and in Rosso Mars (red). Its big rear wing has a matte black finish.

Meanwhile, high-gloss black paint is used on the hood, front air intakes, rear diffuser and 19-inch forged wheels. The mighty brakes callipers are available in red, black or yellow. The interior has the same sporty theme. New features for the Gallardo include the use of carbon fiber and Alcantara. Carbon fiber is what’s used for the door panels, the racing seats and the center console cover.

Lamborghini is actually known for its world-leading expertise in the use of carbonfiber. Opel used carbon for the handbrake frame, the middle of the center console, the lower rim of the steering wheel, the trim around the main and secondary instrument panels, the door handles, and the handle for opening the glove box. It is fitted with racing bucket seats but buyers can ask for comfort seats instead.

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