Vauxhall's Insignia Sports Tourer arrivesEstate version of Insignia to go on sale in April
21 March 2009
Vauxhall has announced that its new Insignia 'Sports Tourer' estate will go on sale 10 April.
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Building on the attractive lines of the existing versions, the Insignia Sports Tourer is a striking machine, complete with gently sloping roofline and wrap-around rear lights integrated into the tailgate.
The wheelbase remains identical to the regular Insignia's, but load space is up to 540 litres with the rear seats in place (compared with 490 litres for the saloon and 520 for the hatchback), rising to a maximum of 1,530 litres with the seats folded (1,010 saloon; 1,463 hatchback).
Mondeo estate is bigger
However, the Insignia Sports Tourer does loose out to the Estate as an out and out load lugger – the Mondeo offers 542 litres minimum up to a massive 1,733 litres with the seats folded (based on manufacturer figures).
So the Insignia Sports Tourer has, it seems, compromised some practicality for style. That's a contrast to its Vectra predecessor, which was always one of the most voluminous estate cars in its class.
Like existing versions of the Insignia, the Sports Tourer will be available with a varied selection of engines and in trim levels S, Exclusiv, SE, SRi and Elite. SRi is anticipated the biggest seller, and comes with a Sport suspension set-up as standard - everything else gets Comfort. Vauxhall’s adaptive 'FlexRide' is offered, as is four-wheel drive.
New Insignia engines
More significant to the present times, the Sports Tourer announcement comes alongside news of a fresh engine for the entire Insignia range – a 1.6-litre turbo petrol, offering 178bhp. Technical details are yet to be announced, but it promises better fuel economy and emissions than an equivalently powerful non-turbo engine.
Full tech specs and pricing for the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer are ‘coming soon’, as is our first drive - look out for it at which.co.uk/cars.
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