Since we already witnessed the arrival of the rugged 2018 Buick Regal TourX, it was only natural that Opel would swiftly present their own version of the adventurous midsize car – dubbed Country Tourer.
Now the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer is official and it’s not actually coming out to play alone, but joined by its Australian market counterpart – the Holden Commodore Tourer. And according to the Rüsselsheim-based manufacturer, one of the last members of its family to keep some GM DNA is actually now the Insignia flagship version, at least until the high-performance OPC arrives as well. The Country Tourer is naturally derived from the standard Sports Tourer but comes with a beefier suspension setup that also increases the ground clearance by 20 mm (0.8 inches). The body’s design remains the same, save for additional rugged flourishes – black plastic cladding on the wheel arches and side skirts, alongside the lower sections of both bumpers, which actually feature some subtle tweaks on their own.
The Insignia Grand Sport and Sports Tourer models get the all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring capabilities as optional equipment in most cases, but the Country Tourer naturally uses it as a standard perk. It also comes with a new five-link rear suspension and combines two electrically controlled multi-plate clutches instead of a normal rear differential. The technical specifications look virtually identical – including the cargo capacity of up to 1,665 liters with the rear seats folded. Technology perks include the optional LED matrix headlights, 360-degree surround view camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, along with a comprehensive safety suite. The Opel and Vauxhall versions will premiere in front of the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September while the Holden model will hit dealerships in Australia in 2018.