Interested buyers could now order Vauxhall’s Insignia Country Tourer at a starting price of £25,349 on-the-road. The Insignia Country Tourer is derived from the Sports Tourer model, but features all-wheel drive, higher ground clearance and tougher styling. It was well-received during its unveiling at the recently held 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Interested buyers could choose between two trim levels. The Country Tourer trim, with a price range of between £25,349 and £29,709 on-the-road, features generous standard specifications like bi-xenon adaptive front lighting, power tailgate and front and rear parking sensors.
The Country Tourer Nav, with a price range of between £26,499 and £30,859 on-the-road, features the same standard specs as the other trim, but with the addition of Navi 900 IntelliLink sat nav with 8-inch color touch screen, multi-function touch-pad controller and an 8-inch digital instrument cluster.
Customers could choose from two 2.0 CDTi engines. The 163PS version is mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission while the 195PS BiTurbo is paired with the automatic gearbox only. The pricing for the entry-level Insignia Country Tourer Nav is up to £5,000 cheaper than its D-segment crossover rivals like the Audi A4 Allroad. Stuart Harris, Vauxhall’s Head of Carline Brand, remarked that the Insignia Country Tourer seems set to “shake up” the D-segment crossover sector with competitive pricing and generous standard equipment levels.
“With competitive pricing and generous standard equipment levels, the Insignia Country Tourer looks set to shake up the D-segment crossover sector,” said Stuart Harris, Vauxhall’s Head of Carline Brand. “The Insignia Country Tourer is perfect for a winter holiday, on snowy roads, or simply when the going gets tough. Even on urban roads its robust looks give it strong stand-out appeal."
The electrically controlled 4x4 drivetrain integrates a top-rate clutch, performing on Haldex principles, and an electric limited-slip differential to guarantee excellent traction on paved and unpaved roads. It continuously responds to the main road environments, and it can change torque distribution flawlessly between the front and rear axles, as well as between the wheels at the rear, even in advance of a wheel beginning to slip.
When needed, the clutch that controls drive distribution instantly creates more torque in the rear axle. The 4x4 system's sensors continuously provide individual control components with data on yaw, acceleration, steering angle, wheel and engine speed, pedal position, and torque. The front and rear power distribution is continuously adapted to the drive conditions based on this data.
Definitive stability and better dynamics come from the electrically-controlled rear-axle Limited Slip Differential (eLSD). The eLSD works the torque distribution between the wheels at the rear, conveying drive torque to the wheel with the most grip.
While providing improved traction in slick conditions, the refined performance of this adaptable 4x4 drive system ensures the greatest amounts of driver handling and active safety in every condition. The Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer can even create thrust when three wheels are on slick surfaces and there’s only one wheel with traction.