In a release earlier this week, Opel unveiled the newest addition to its Insignia model family – the 2014 Opel Insignia Country Tourer Wagon. This model adds more capability and ruggedness to the Insignia wagon while also giving Opel a contender against similar entries such as the Audi A4 Allroad wagon and the not-for-U.S. Volkswagen Passat “Alltrack.”Unlike the more performance-oriented Sport Tourer model which was designed for navigating city streets, the Country Tourer allows buyers to navigate rougher terrain thanks to a swath of upgrades that enhance the wagon’s off road prowess while keeping its sleek styling intact. Speaking of the fore-mentioned styling, the basic layout retains much of the formula and theme seen in other Insignia models, however Country Tourer models stand out by offering tweaks such as a grille which is deeper and wider than other Insignia models, while special anthracite hued lower body cladding located on the side sills and fender flares help protect these areas from debris while also adding a stylish contrast to the rest of the body. To further enhance the styling, Opel designers have also equipped the Country Tourer with LED daytime running lights as well as LED brake lights and tail lamps which give the car a dash of elegance.
The main changes though are found underneath its sleek skin where Opel engineers have included several upgrades to help the Country Tourer successfully achieve its off-road ambitions. A standard all-wheel drive system routes power to all four wheels, and features a Haldex-sourced clutch which is paired with an electronically operated limited slip differential to provide maximum grip in a wide variety of weather and road conditions. In addition to its all-wheel drive system, engineers have also lifted the suspension by 0.8 inches. Opel claims that these upgrades will allow the Country Tourer to travel further from civilization than many of its competitors which do not offer an equivalent model.
Performance for the Country Tourer will come from a trio of 2.0 liter four cylinder engines shared with the rest of the Insignia lineup. A 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine is the sole petrol offering and is good for 250 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, which is similar to the figures wielded by its stateside sibling, the 2014 Buick Regal turbo. Rounding out the engine choices are a pair of diesel engines which are good for 163 and 195 horsepower respectively while also delivering respectable fuel economy numbers. All three of these engines offer more horsepower than the Passat “Alltrack” and should cater to a variety of consumer tastes.
Look for the 2014 Insignia Country Tourer to make its official debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show this fall with pricing expected to be unveiled closer to its arrival on dealer lots. The Insignia Country Tourer (as is the case with many other Opel products) will be sold in Britain under the Vauxhall brand but will most likely not join the Buick Regal lineup in the U.S. due to our country’s general distaste for wagons and the lack of expected sales volume from such a product.