New Insignia estate breaks cover ahead of Paris show debut
14 August 2008

This is the new Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer, the third variant to join the range after the hatch and saloon revealed at the British motor show last month.

The new model is longer than the hatchback by 80mm, at 4910mm, but it retains the same 2737mm wheelbase.

Two new engine variants will debut in the Insignia wagon, alongside the five units from the hatchback and saloon models.

There will be an uprated turbodiesel that will offer more power than the standard Insignia’s 158bhp range-topping CDTi model, and a small-capacity turbocharged ‘Ecoflex’ petrol unit.

Mark Adams, Vice-President of GM Europe Design, said, “This is a stand-alone model and not simply an estate version of the saloon. All the bodywork aft of the B-pillars is unique to the Sports Tourer.”As with the rest of the Vauxhall Insignia range, the Sports Tourer will be available with all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive, and the new FlexRide system will also be an option. ]

There will be no details on the all-important load space until the Insignia Sports Tourer makes its debut at the Paris show in October. Expect it in dealerships in spring 2009.

Vicky Parrott

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14 August 2008

I really like the look of this. It is a far better design than the saloon in my opinion, and in theses pictures it has a really 'premium' look about it. I might change my mind when there are 10 thousand 1.6 litre versions on skinny 15" wheels on the road but at the moment I think it looks great.

14 August 2008

Very nice-looking, even if the rump is a little like the Audi Q7. Saw the saloon in the metal at Excel last month, think it is a very well-designed car, makes the Mondeo look boring and run-of-the mill. Can't wait till the next incarnation of the Astra.

Gerwyn

14 August 2008

I'm with julianphillips on this one. Gone are the days when they stuck a box to the back of a saloon.

Part of our acception of estates probably comes from the increase in SUV's with their elongated bodies. There was once a time when estates were seen as deeply uncool, but this one is truely desirable. I don't think it will even look too bad with smaller (non press) wheels.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

14 August 2008

Christ ! What a load of rubbish. Looks worse than the saloon. Bland, bland, bland.

14 August 2008

Goodness James Read, what are you driving? The Insignia is going to be the best car of 2008/09!

15 August 2008

Oh sure. I strongly recommend anyone who has an order in for, say, a Ferrari F430 Scuderia to cancel it immediately and get 2008 / 2009's best car. You ought to be a judge for European Car of the Year. They judge cars in a similar way. Always ends up some boring shitmobile.

15 August 2008

Ready is right - anyone remember the Talbot/Simca Horizon?

15 August 2008

I WOULD NOT call this bland. It's anything but! The tailgate is one of the most unusual I've seen for a while, and they've done the whole Estate thing rather well in terms of moulding it with the rest of the Insignia's body. I prefer it to the Mondeo Estate or Accord Tourer. Well done Vauxhall! And I don't think European Cars of the Year are ever bland. Not many people can afford Ferraris! I think their winners are usually fantastic cars! Fiat 500, S-Max, Clio, Panda, the list goes on!

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

15 August 2008

[quote Mini1]I WOULD NOT call this bland. It's anything but! The tailgate is one of the most unusual I've seen for a while, and they've done the whole Estate thing rather well in terms of moulding it with the rest of the Insignia's body. I prefer it to the Mondeo Estate or Accord Tourer. Well done Vauxhall! And I don't think European Cars of the Year are ever bland. Not many people can afford Ferraris! I think their winners are usually fantastic cars! Fiat 500, S-Max, Clio, Panda, the list goes on![/quote]

This ONE post is why I despair about the future of this forum and for the future of the motor car.

Mr Minimum1, you should think very carefully before posting something like this to posterity - it's as bland a post as the cars you list.

You might not like what I write but I'm on the money because ANYONE who disagrees with me and Ready knows nothing.

15 August 2008

[quote nom de plum]You might not like what I write but I'm on the money because ANYONE who disagrees with me and Ready knows nothing.
[/quote] - Hmmm, very adult

Bland - no, it's not a Ferrari but in its segment and compared to its competition it's an excellent effort. One could equally criticise a Ferrari for its poor load space or inability to seat 5, so maybe a more sensible choice of competitor would be in order!

In amongst all the vitriol no-one seems to have noticed the unique rear hatch feature - the whole section, including the lights lifts up to give a massive enclosure and ease of loading.

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