The Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer has been revealed at the Frankfurt motor show. It will act as a rival to Audi's A6 Allroad, with sales expected to begin before the end of the year.

The car, which has previously been spotted testing, will be powered by a choice of three engines at launch, including one petrol and two diesels. The entry-level 2.0-litre CDTi turbodiesel unit produces 161bhp and 258 lb ft of torque, which can be temporarily increased to 280lb ft via an overboost function.

A 195bhp 2.0-litre CDTi BiTurbo engine sits in the middle of the range. Thanks to a sequential two-stage turbocharger the unit can produce 295lb ft of torque.

The sole petrol option at launch will be the 2.0-litre SIDI (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) Turbo, which produces 247bhp and 295lb ft.

Both the 2.0-litre SIDI Turbo and the 2.0-litre CDTi turbodieselare offered with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox. The higher-powered 2.0-litre CDTI BiTurbo, however, can only be ordered with the automatic gearbox option.

Vauxhall has given the Insignia Country Tourer a wider and deeper front grille with a silver chrome insert hinting at the protection plate underneath. Twin chrome tailpipes feature at the rear, while grey side cladding, prominent in these pictures, is designed to protect the flanks of the Country Tourer from off-road obstacles.

The car features an electronically controlled 4x4 system which can vary torque at both the front and rear axles of the car continuously. Vauxhall is confident that its system, in conjunction with electronically controlled suspension, will offer good control on off-road surfaces. The car uses a latest-generation Haldex system to manage its torque, meaning that the car can switch to front wheel drive four-wheel drive isn't needed.

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