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Vauxhall Insignia gets chunky with new Country Tourer estate

Published: 06 April 2017

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Vauxhall’s new Insignia range has grown to include the high-riding Country Tourer model. The more rugged estate has set its sights on the Skoda Octavia Scout, as it gears up for launch at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show.

The 20mm in additional ground clearance, plastic body cladding and metal front and rear skid plates should help keep the Country Tourer on the move and in one piece down country roads. Plus, Vauxhall’s FlexRide chassis system adapts to the road and your driving conditions and has three different driving modes, the company claims.

The lowdown: specs, engines and more

Vauxhall says its new Insignia Country Tourer can be had with a wide range of engines and will be available with the brand’s new eight-speed automatic transmission. Naturally, four-wheel drive is standard and the system uses torque vectoring to ensure maximum traction in the rough stuff.

Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer: revealed in pictures

Practicality has been given a boost, too, as the boot area is 135 litres larger than the outgoing estate’s. The hands-free tailgate will be useful for if you’re carrying wellies for a day out greenlaning in the countryside or picking up Petunia from her horse-riding lesson.

What equipment does the Insignia Country Tourer get?

The new Insignia range’s push upmarket means that the Country Tourer comes loaded with kit. Heat seems to be the order of the day, as the fully-loaded Country Tourer has a heated windscreen, heated front and outer rear seats and a steering wheel warming function.

Vauxhall’s IntelliLink infotainment system features, as does an updated OnStar servce; you can now book a hotel room from the comfort of the driver’s seat and request navigation on where to park.

We’ll see the new chunky estate at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show and while prices haven’t been announced yet, expect to see a premium of at least £2k over a basic Insignia Sports Tourer estate.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, gamer, serial Lego-ist, lover of hot hatches