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All-weather trekking Opel Insignia Country Tourer debuts


First spotted last month albeit lightly disguised, General Motors' UK division, Vauxhall, has became the first to unveil the new Insignia Sport Tourer based Country Tourer.

Set to carry the Opel badge in mainland Europe, the Buick Regal Tour X moniker in the United States and the Holden Commodore Tourer designation in Australia, the all-wheel drive Country Tourer receives a 20 mm increase in ride height compared to the Sport Tourer, black wheelarch and bumper cladding, silver skid plate and dual exhaust bezels.

Available with Opel/Vauxhall's Open & Start automatic opening tailgate, the Country Tourer is able to swallow 1 665-litres of luggage with all the rear seats folded down, and carry up 100 kg on the roof thanks to the standard roof rails.

While the Holden variant will likely offer a 230 kW 3.6-litre V6, European Country Tourers will only be available with the new 191 kW / 400 Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol and 125 kW 2.0 CDTi, connected to a six-speed manual or in the case of the former only, a eight-speed automatic gearbox. 

In the United States, the Regal Tour X will be fitted as standard with a carryover 2.0-litre turbo making 184 kW and 400 Nm of torque, again linked to the eight-speed auto 'box.

As with the Insignia Grand and Sport Tourer though, don't expect the Country Tourer to debut in South Africa anytime soon.  

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