19 March 2009

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer

Insignia Sports Tourer is Vauxhall's new estate

19 March 2009 - Despite the current economic malaise, Vauxhall's 2009 European Car of the Year has been a resounding success, bucking a downward sales trend with more than 15,000 orders taken in the first month of the car reaching dealer showrooms in the UK. Enhancing the range still further on April 10 is the Sports Tourer model, the third significant body style in the Insignia's line-up and the first new model to be added since the car's launch.

Retaining the hatch and saloon's rakish, but graceful silhouette, the Sports Tourer is available with all the innovation found in the current range, such as FlexRide, Intelligent AFL and Adaptive 4x4, but with enhanced practicality, thanks to a 540-litre load area with the rear seats up. Dropping the 60:40 split rear seats converts the Sports Tourer into a more capacious load-lugger, with a volume of up to 1530-litres.

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer (2008 - 2017)

Coinciding with the Sports Tourer's launch is the introduction of the sixth engine to the Insignia range, the 180PS 1.6 Turbo. Available on all front-wheel drive models, (apart from 'S' trim) the new turbocharged petrol engine emphasises Vauxhall's increasing commitment to smaller capacity, forced-induction units, which provide exceptional performance combined with reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

The 1.6 Turbo joins the 1.8, 2.0T and 2.8T V6 in the Insignia's petrol engine range, with the 2.0 CDTi 130PS and 160PS diesels also carrying across to the Sports Tourer. All engines meet the latest Euro 5 emissions standards.

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer (2008 - 2017)

The Sports Tourer's newly developed chassis can be enhanced with the innovative FlexRide system which provides drivers with a choice of three dynamic settings – Standard, Tour and Sport – depending upon their driving style and the prevailing conditions. In addition, the Sports Tourer is available with a choice of two base chassis: Sport, which is standard on all SRi models; and Comfort, which is standard on S, Exclusiv, SE and Elite models.

The UK has traditionally been a strong market for estate cars, which is why Vauxhall is predicting that more than 15 per cent of all Insignia sales will be attributed to this model. Like the hatch and saloon, most buyers will opt for the SRi model, with SE and Elite also accounting for a major proportion of Sports Tourer sales.

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer (2008 - 2017)