As Vauxhall reportedly puts the final touches to the brand new 2017 Vauxhall Insignia for its scheduled launch early next year, the Sports Tourer estate model has been sighted outdoors being tested.
Once the second-generation saloon car is out, the Sports Tourer is scheduled to follow closely, with a premium of almost $2,500 over the less practical 4-door car.
According to the details in our possession right now, the most evident changes we can identify in the Sports Tourer are found at its rear. For instance, the long sloping roofline seems much lower than in the current version. However, its expanded rear end is capable of hiding one of the biggest boots in its category of saloon cars.
The upcoming Insignia is set to be much bigger than the present version, typically by up to 150 mm in length, something which will act in favor of tremendously extending space for both passengers and luggage. While the current Insignia Sports Tourer is capable of accommodating up to 540 liters of luggage, the new 2017 model could go past the 600 mark, giving the VW Passat and the Skoda Superb estate versions some stiff competition.
The main reason for this increase in size has been reported as arising from the fact that the Sports Tourer is going to sit on a completely new global platform just like the saloon. However, in spite of that, the upcoming Insignia will also be shedding about 200kg due to Vauxhall’s use of lighter materials like aluminum in its building.
Despite the rather dramatic changes in some parts of the car, transformations are less significant when it comes to things under the bonnet, with a wide variety of efficient fuel engines available to buyers. Even as the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine in the previous Insignia is expected to re-appear in the upcoming model, a number of diesel offerings will also be available.
All indications are that there is a possibility that Vauxhall will be introducing a brand new plug-in hybrid of the same, with both the Insignia saloon and the Sports Tourer set to be sold in the US and Chinese markets as the Buick Regal.