Back in June, Opel unveiled the 2014 Insignia Facelift but today, the German manufacturer came with something more interesting: the Insignia Country Tourer or an off-road version of the Insignia Sports Tourer. Set to make its debut this autumn at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 2014 Opel Insignia Country Tourer comes with protective under-body guards front and rear, proeminent wheel-arch and lower body cladding as well as new dual exhaust tailpipes.
Ground clearance is 20 mm higher than standard. The 2014 Insignia Country Tourer offers a choice of three engines, led by a 2.0-liter SIDI (Spark Ingnition Direct Injection) Turbo gasoline engines, delivering 250 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Moreover, we find the 2.0-liter BiTurbo CDTI diesel engine which has a maximum output of 195 hp and 400 Nm of torque.
A 163 hp 2.0-liter CDTI (with a single tailpipe) is also available with a maximum torque of 350 Nm (380 Nm on overboost). The 2.0 SIDI Turbo and the 2.0 CDTI can be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission, while the 2.0 BiTurbo CDTI is available only with an automatic transmission.
As expected, the Insignia Country Tourer comes with the electronically controlled 4x4 drivetrain that incorporates a high-quality clutch, operating on Haldex principles, and an electronic limited-slip differential to ensure superb traction on both paved and unpaved surfaces.
Duncan Aldred, Acting VP for Sales, Marketing & Aftersales at Opel, said that the sensational success of their Mokka SUV in the sub-compact sport utility vehicle segment demonstrated how popular vehicles with crossover character are. Now, with the Opel Insignia Country Tourer, the carmaker is occupying the sporty niche but in the bigger, mid-size segment. According to Aldred, the new Insignia Country Tourer enables them to provide customers with an alternative that they have never before had at Opel. With a dose of adventure, customers can spice up the already high quality of Opel's brand flagship. Furthermore, the Insignia Country Tourer's athletic appeal will also be able to attract new customers.
The Insignia Country Tourer boasts an electronically controlled 4x4 drivetrain that incorporates a high-quality clutch that operates on Haldex principles. It also incorporates on an electronic limited-slip differential in order to ensure excellent traction on paved and unpaved surfaces. The vehicle adapts constantly to prevailing road conditions. It also seamlessly varies torque distribution from 0% to 100% between front and rear axles and between the rear wheels.
All this takes place even before the wheels start to slip from lack of traction, like on snow-covered or wet roads. Along with the electronic FlexRide premium chassis, the AWD or all-wheel drive system has set standards when it comes to vehicle control and reaction time.
Additionally, the clutch that controls drive distribution instantly sends more torque towards the rear axle. Also, the 4x4 system's sensors feed individual control modules constantly with the information on acceleration, yaw rate, wheel speed, steering angle, engine speed, torque, and gas pedal position. Front and rear power distribution is adapted to the driving condition based on this information.
Furthermore, higher dynamics and ultimate stability are ensured by electronic rear-axle Limited Slip Differential. This eLSD controls torque distribution between the wheels at the rear, transferring drive torque onto the wheel with the most grip. While it offers better traction when you are in slippery conditions, this adaptive 4x4 drive system's sophisticated operation guarantees active safety in every situation and the greatest levels of driver control. The Insignia Country Tourer can also provide propulsion when 3 wheels are on slippery or loose ground while only one wheel has the traction.