For Adventurers: The Opel Flagship with Rugged Off-road Look

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New Opel Insignia Country Tourer: Summary
 
  • For all terrains: All-wheel drive with torque vectoring, 25 mm more ground clearance
  • For powerful performance: New top-of-the-range diesel with sequential turbocharging
  • For the highest demands: Outstanding technologies, new OnStar services
  • For the wallet: Available from €34,885, at dealerships since October 21

 

Rüsselsheim.  The new top-of-the-range Opel models, the Insignia Grand Sport and the Insignia Sports Tourer, celebrated their world premieres a few months ago – but now the dream duo has become a triumphant trio with the new Opel Insignia Country Tourer having recently celebrated its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The adventurer with off-road appeal and optional torque vectoring all-wheel drive can be ordered for prices starting at €34,885 (RRP including VAT in Germany) and has been available at German Opel dealers since October 21. The all-rounder is the ideal choice for fans of winter sports and the countryside but also for everybody who appreciates a very individual impression.

The new Opel Insignia Country Tourer impresses with the same virtues as its Grand Sport and Sports Tourer siblings – it is spacious and considerably lighter than the outgoing version thanks an all-new architecture. It also comes with a wide range of innovative technologies, just as a true flagship should. Furthermore, it captivates with its very own country-style charm: all-round black protective cladding and silver front and rear skid plates give the newcomer a rugged off-road appearance. Customers who prefer an even more individual vehicle can also tailor it thanks to the Opel Exclusive concept, which provides an unlimited choice of colours.

Adventure-ready: Leading propulsion and chassis technologies

The new Opel Insignia Country Tourer packs a punch with powerful turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines. The top-of-the-line diesel unit is new 2.0-litre BiTurbo diesel (official fuel consumption in accordance with NEDC: urban 8.9 l/100 km, extra-urban 6.0 l/100 km, combined 7.2 l/100 km, official specific combined CO2 emissions 191 g/km). The newly designed 2.0-litre diesel engine produces 154 kW/210 hp at 4,000 rpm and develops strong torque of 480 Nm from only 1,500 rpm thanks to sequential two-stage turbocharging giving the Country Tourer the power befitting an adventurer. Elsewhere, the two-litre Turbo petrol direct injection engine with 191 kW/260 hp (NEDC fuel consumption: urban 11.5 l/100 km, extra-urban 7.3 l/100 km, combined 8.9 l/100 km, 203 g/km CO2) heads up the petrol range. Both engines create ample driving pleasure in combination with new eight-speed automatic transmission and state-of-the-art Twinster all-wheel drive.

Twenty-five millimetres of additional ground clearance along with the innovative all-wheel drive with torque vectoring and the new five-link rear suspension cater for the wish to leave asphalt roads and give the Insignia Country Tourer the most polished system in its class. Instead of a traditional rear differential, which transmits equal amounts of torque to the rear wheels, the Opel Insignia Country Tourer boasts two electrically controlled multi-plates clutches which enable a more individual and precise transmission of power to each wheel – irrespective of road or weather conditions. To counteract the understeer tendency in tight corners taken at higher speeds, the system, depending on the acceleration command and steering movement, sends more torque to the outside rear wheel. This happens without any further driver intervention and in a split second. This stabilises the vehicle. Furthermore, the Insignia turns in with more precision, responding more spontaneously to inputs from the driver. This results in neutral vehicle behaviour, making the car more stable and steerable for the driver no matter what the situation.

The further improved FlexRide chassis provides the basis for optimal, situation-based driving behaviour. It adapts the dampers, steering, throttle response and shift points (on automatics) independently or based on the modes ‘Standard’, ‘Sport’ or ‘Tour’ which can be selected by the driver. The new central ‘Drive Mode Control’ software is the heart and soul of the adaptive chassis. It continuously analyses the information provided by the sensors and settings and recognises the individual driving style.

Robust exterior, spacious interior: The Insignia for country fans

The Insignia Sports Tourer is already in very good shape: It takes the Opel design philosophy to the next level with its sporty yet elegant styling and its breath-taking lines. The lightweight architecture is one of the main reasons behind its feisty and agile performance. The Country Tourer has all of these qualities and more. Its more rugged and individual charm makes it one of the top-of-the-line variants of the Insignia model range.

The prominent landscape grille and slim headlamps offer a wide horizontal impression, whilst the silver coloured skid plate helps to pull the car down to underline the solid stance. Moulded black protective cladding in the lower fascia, the wheel arches and along the lower body side emphasise the rugged appearance. Just like the front, the rear end also delivers adventurous cues, such as a silver coloured skid plate and dual exhaust bezels that reinforce the wider impression.

Matching the character of the rugged all-rounder, the new Insignia Country Tourer is above all extremely practical. In order to make loading as easy as possible, the tailgate can be opened without touching the car. In combination with “Keyless Open & Start” a simple kicking motion under the rear bumper is enough to open the tailgate (a vehicle silhouette projected onto the ground shows the correct area). Another kicking motion under the bumper will close the tailgate. In order to increase loading space to 1,665 litres, the new Insignia Country Tourer comes with optional 40/20/40 foldable rear seats enabling even more flexible loading space configurations. The rear seats can be folded down by simply pushing a button located in the luggage compartment. And the standard robust roof railing not only emphasises the adventurous look but also increases the application spectrum of the new Insignia Country Tourer allowing the rugged station wagon to carry roof loads of up to 100 kilogrammes.

Elsewhere, the wheelbase has been elongated by 92 mm, enabling a much more spacious interior that especially benefits the rear passengers. The wellness atmosphere is further underlined by the driver-oriented cockpit, the AGR-certified (Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V.) premium ergonomic front seats and the heated outer rear seats. The heated windshield and the heated steering wheel ensure good visibility and warm hands respectively on cold days.

Outstanding technology on board: Safe, comfortable, superb connectivity

Just like its Grand Sport and Sports Tourer siblings, the Insignia Country Tourer comes with numerous ultra-modern technologies and assistance systems that enable a new level of safety and comfort. One of the highlights in every sense of the word is the second generation of Opel’s innovative and award-winning adaptive IntelliLux LED® matrix light. The Opel LED matrix light has 32 LED segments integrated into the very slim headlamps (16 on each side) and comes with an innovative active curve lighting function and dedicated LED spotlight with a range of up to 400 metres. Further highlights include the head up display, the 360° surround view camera, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist with automated steering correction and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible IntelliLink systems ensure outstanding entertainment and connectivity. The ground-breaking personal connectivity and service assistant OnStar is also on board. It comes with an extensive service portfolio ranging from automatic crash response to stolen vehicle assistance. In addition, the OnStar portfolio also includes the booking service[1] and parking search[2]. Both services rely on OnStar advisors who can book hotel rooms and/or search for suitable carparks.

 

[1] Via booking.com. E-mail address and credit card required.

[2] Via Parkopedia

 

Further information about official fuel consumption, official specific CO2 emissions and consumption of electric energy can be found in the “guideline about fuel consumption, CO2 Emissions and electric energy consumption of new passenger cars” ('Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen') in German language, which is available free of charge at any point of sales and at DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Helmuth-Hirth-Straße 1, D-73760 Ostfildern. 

 

Contact:

Martin Golka
Group Manager International Product Communications
Tel.: +49 6142/7–55 215
Mobile: +49 151 17 47 39 54
martin.golka@opel.com

Colin Yong
Assistant Manager International Product Communications
Tel.: +49 (0) 6142-7-69 57 6
Mobile: +49 (0) 1511-7-47 396 5
colin.yong@opel.com

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