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Opel Insignia Sports Tourer (2017): Sitting sample in the large station wagon

Guido Ten Brink
Geneva Motor Show 2020
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K ombis often have it so that they get bigger from generation to generation. The Opel Insignia Sports Tourer rejects this trend and is - completely crazy - five centimeters shorter than its predecessor. At least that's what we were told at the Geneva Motor Show. A look at the data sheet, however, reveals that the new generation is actually almost seven centimeters longer. In any case, neither rear passengers, driver, front passenger or trunk volume suffer from a lack of space. What actually gets shorter is the front overhang. We convince ourselves and go through the station wagon from front to back.

The tailgate opens with a kick or wipe under the rear apron. An LED projection on the floor shows where the sensor can be found. Plus, the car gives you a little time to move to the side before the lid swings open. Inside, the space available increases by 135 liters, with the seats folded down, there is 1,665 liters. The gain is due, among other things, to the bulges that sit above the rear wheels. So the cargo space makes big cheeks; the outer walls of the predecessor were closer together.

A chicken in the back seat

Nobody in the rear passenger tiers can complain about a lack of space either. You'd have to be quite a cock to hit your head here. And that although the new Insignia Sports Tourer is three centimeters flatter. This results in an airy feeling of space that is sure to make longer trips comfortable.

And now to the box seats in front. As with the new Astra, the cockpit is much tidier and pleasing. The choice of materials and the workmanship convince at first glance. But one thing catches the eye and unfortunately disturbs the harmony in the interior the more sensitively the more often you look: the housing of the head-up display. Because unfortunately that was built quite insensitively to the fittings and looks clumsy out of place. The crucial tip: Aesthetes do not use this cross in the options list. Otherwise, the space available at the front is just as excellent as the ergonomics of the controls.

New Opel Insignia station wagon again as an OPC version

The wagon version of the Insignia will be released in July 2017 Coming to the market and rolling to dealers in September as a country tourer in an off-road look Straight to the new key figureStation wagons: The load volume increases by 130 liters to 1,665 liters. The cargo space is accessible through an automatically opening and closing tailgate, which is controlled by a sensor. The opening height can be programmed. The space between the wheelhouses has grown, the same applies to the length of the loading compartment. It increased by 97 millimeters to up to 2,005 millimeters with the rear seat backrest folded forward. A rear seat backrest split in a 40:20:40 ratio is available at an additional cost. The rear seat can be folded down at the push of a button from the trunk

The Opel Insignia Sports Tourer will be launched in March 2017.

In The length of the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer has increased slightly to 4,986 millimeters, and is 8.9 centimeters longer than the Grand Sport hatchback. In terms of design, the Sports Tourer corresponds to the hatchback sedan up to the B-pillar. The side of the vehicle is characterized by the Opel sickle, which directs the view towards the rear from the lower door area. The chrome strip extending from the rearview mirror between the window and roof sweeps up to the LED rear lights and makes the 1,483 millimeter low Insignia Sports Tourer look even more dynamic. The roof rails are standard in all equipment. The slim, somewhat flared LED taillights with a double swing design take on the look of the Monza Concept. The new sideline gives rear passengers 31 mm more headroom. On request, there is a large panoramic sun canopy that extends over the heads of the rear passengers. In addition, the two outer rear seats in the Insignia can be heated for the first time.

Like the sedan, the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer is also based on the new 'Global Epsilon' platform from GM and thus enables a larger wheelbase and a significantly larger wheelbase lower weight. This means that the station wagon should be up to 200 kilograms lighter than its predecessor.

The model we caught is the OPC version, as a plaque on the side shows.

Opel Insignia Sports Tourer with 260 PS and all-wheel drive

When it comes to technology, the Sports Tourer uses the hatchback sedan from 26,940 euros. In the interior, the station wagon will also have the OnStar telematics service, matrix light with 32 LEDs and a head-up display are also on board, as are leather massage seats. Same offer also for the engines. There are diesel engines with a displacement of 1.6 to 2.0 liters and a power range of 110 to 170 hp. The petrol engines have 140 to 170 hp from a 1.5-liter direct injection engine and 260 hp from a two-liter turbo. The engines are coupled with a manual six-speed gearbox or optionally with an eight-speed automatic machine. All-wheel drive is initially only available for the top petrol engine with 260 hp.

The trunk lid of the new Opel Insignia Sports Tourer opens wide.

OPC -Model no longer gets a V6

The Opel Insignia Sports Tourer was also caught in the OPC version. A corresponding badge on the side indicates the top model. However, it will no longer receive the V6 engine, but will get the 340 hp two-liter four-cylinder. .


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