It is rumored that Opel is building an Insignia Sports Tourer Crossfour to rival Audi's A4 Allroad and VW's Passat Alltrack cross variants. Opel tuning arm Irmscher, which designed the vehicle, released official images of this simple new Insignia Crossfour variant. What it is basically is an Insignia wagon with contrasting gray body trim, front and rear faux skid plates, and optional height adjustable suspension.
It is available as an all-wheel drive vehicle with FlexRide (Adaptive Stability Technology) and a rear locking differential. A special Sportive trimline is available exclusively for the soft-roader.
In Germany, it is priced at 35,155 euros for 160 PS (158 bhp / 118 kW) 2.0-liter CDTi with Start/Stop. Meanwhile, a price tag of 37,971 euros is attached to a 6-speed automatic transmission with the same engine. For just 37,655 euros, the buyer gets the 2.0-liter biturbo petrol engine with 195 PS (192 bhp / 143 kW) that features Start/Stop.
Sculptural artistry meets German precision. This practically defines the elegant styling of the Opel Insignia, a mid-size sedan with sporty coupé design but without a compromised interior space.
In fact, the new Opel Insignia offers 3-cm more knee room than the Vectra. Both body variants -- notch and hatchback -- of the new Insignia have the same wheelbase (2,737 mm) and the same length (4.830 mm). Its sculptured and elegant design has allowed it to achieve a coefficient of drag value of 0.27 Cd, which means that it is aerodynamic enough to be more dynamic, more fuel-efficient and quieter.
Both variants feature a flowing yet muscular silhouette that boasts of a sporty roofline. The exterior’s dynamically sculpted shape and design cues contribute a lot to the car’s elegant and premium appearance – something that is also continued in the interior. To further optimized the Insignia sleek and flowing styling, Opel spent over 650 hours testing the car in the wind tunnel.
Furthermore, the new Opel Insignia is provided with several exterior details that have been further improved to boost its aerodynamic performance. For instance, the new Opel Insignia now features fined-tuned front bumper corners, exterior mirror's wing form and trunk lid spoiler edge, as well as the lower control arm in the rear axle. Soon, Opel will offer an ecoFLEX version of the Insignia that will boast of further refinements and development and very low carbon dioxide emissions.
Upon launch, the new Opel Insignia will be powered with any of the seven available engines – four gasoline and three diesel powerplants -- all of which already comply with the strict Euro 5 emissions standards. These engines could be mated to a manual or an automatic six-speed transmission. The four gasoline engines include a four-cylinder unit and a V6 that provides 115 hp and 260 hp of max output, respectively.
All of the three available direct-injection turbo-diesels have a displacement of 2.0 liters and develops max outputs between 110 hp and 160 hp and peak torque between 260 Nm to 350 Nm. Opel will commence sales of the new Insignia in Germany before the end of 2008 and in other markets by January 2009.