Crossovers based on wagons are not a new thing. Manufacturers realized that people do prefer these types of cars instead of just wagons. Why? Well, the ground clearance is higher, there is usually a better set of features along with a tougher look. The newly released 2018 Opel Insignia Country Tourer is the perfect example of that. The car is based on the wagon but it does bring a few new features to the mix. On top of that, it shares most of its new design with a Buick but it somehow manages to look more premium than its US counterpart.
This is not the first time Opel sold a car with this name. In fact its predecessor was using the same recipe but it wasn’t all that successful. Why? Well, the design was not really on par with its main rivals and it was usually more expensive than them. This is not going to be the case with the new generation though. Not only it looks better but it is larger and it should cost right about the same.
Over its predecessor, the new Country Tourer adds nearly 4 inches of extra wheelbase. This is more than enough to give it more legroom and headroom without taking anything from the trunk. In fact the trunk is with up to 10% larger than before which is a sizable improvement as well. The price hasn’t been revealed but we would be surprised if it will change much over the older model.
2018 Opel Insignia Country Tourer design
The 2018 Opel Insignia Country Tourer’s design is based on that of the wagon. In the front if boasts the same headlights, grille and hood as the sedan or the wagon. In the back it gets the tail lights, hatch door and roof spoiler from the wagon.
However, the side skirts, front and rear bumpers as well as the wheel arches have been beefed up with black impact plastic. The ride height is 20mm higher as well and the large wheels and all season tires should mean it is superior to the wagon when it comes to light off-road or even snow use.
There aren’t any differences here over the other versions of the new model. However, in comparison tot he old car there are major upgrades. For starters the dashboard no longer looks like that of a much cheaper car. There is a larger and better resolution screen for the infotainment system, the dashboard is cleaner-looking and the buttons are better laid out.
The driving position is quite low but all the controls are easy to reach and the visibility out is excellent. The 40:20:40 rear split bench is an added bonus as well the only drawback being the lack of a seven seats model or at least a four seats model with individual rear bucket seats.
Under the hood
Unlike the US car which only gets an engine choice, the 2018 Opel Insignia Country Tourer might get several. It is a well known fact the European market likes diesel engines so it wouldn’t be a good idea to get rid of them. Because of that we do think the Country Tourer will get at least the two higher end diesels currently confirmed for the sedan. A 1.6 liter turbo with 136 horsepower as well as a 2 liter turbo with 170 horsepower should be available as the base engines. For those looking for more, Opel is likely going to offer the 2 liter turbo-four gas engine with up to 260 horsepower and nearly 300 lb-ft of torque. A manual is likely going to be available for the diesels with the gas engine getting an 8 speed automatic. All wheel drive is expected to be standard on all versions with the exception of the base 1.6 liter diesel.