Opel Insignia Sport Tourer

Production Cars 27 Aug 2008
Opel Insignia Sport Tourer

At the Paris Motor Show Opel will unveil the Insignia Sports Tourer, the station wagon variant of the dynamic sedan. It will go on sale in Europe in spring 2009.


Design

Opel Insignia Sport TourerLike the sedan models, the Insignia Sports Tourer was developed in GM Europe’s Design and Engineering Center in Rüsselsheim.

According to Mark Adams, Vice President of GM Europe Design, “This is a stand-alone model and not simply a wagon version of the sedan. In fact, all the bodywork aft of the B-pillar is unique to the Sports Tourer.

"We’ve also ensured that its design combines the sculptural artistry and technical precision found in the notch- and hatchback models.”

Opel Insignia Sport TourerDesigners gave the rear of the Sports Tourer a unique yet cohesive appearance by pulling the “wraparound” tailgate far into the flanks and accentuating it with large, distinctive, fully integrated tail lights.

This dynamic look encloses an interior that offers ample space for five occupants and a highly competitive luggage compartment.

The luggage compartment offers a volume of 540 liters. The Sports Tourer has retained an identical wheelbase of 2.74 meters as the sedan models and added around 80 mm to its length for an overall 4.91 meters.

Features

Two new engines – a downsized gasoline turbo engine and a new turbo diesel – will join the seven engines already available from launch of the sedan models. In addition, an ecoFLEX variant with remarkably low fuel consumption and CO2 emission levels will be added to the range in the near future.  

Its newly developed chassis, designed to offer a high level of safety and comfort, can be enhanced with the FlexRide mechatronic system which raises stability and provides real time, electronically controlled damping.

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FlexRide also gives the driver the choice between three driving modes. In addition to the standard adaptive mode, the driver can either opt for a comfort-oriented mode (“Tour”) or a Sport setting.

The Sport mode changes the set-up of interlinked functions such as the steering, throttle control, damping and even the ambient lighting of the dashboard.

Moreover, Insignia customers can even opt for the new Adaptive 4×4 system that proactively distributes torque to ensure superb stability while providing optimal traction and enhancing handling performance on all road conditions.

(Source: Opel)

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