Replacement for Vauxhall's Vectra estate breaks cover. It'll begin sale next spring.

These are the first official pictures of Vauxhall’s new Insignia estate car.

To see the new car, to be called the Sports Tourer, in the metal, you’ll need to travel to the Paris Motor Show in October. It won’t arrive in UK dealerships, though, until next March. That’ll be four months after saloon and hatchback versions of what will be Vauxhall’s replacement for the Vectra begin sale.

The Sports Tourer will be available with two new engines – one petrol, one diesel, as well as the five others already announced for other Insignias.

Designers have retained the hatchback’s wheelbase but added 80mm to the car’s length to create what will be among the biggest load spaces in a family-class load-carrier. Ford’s Mondeo is currently the biggest of the group.

Vauxhall is eager to impress on buyers that this is a separate model rather than an adapted version of the saloon. To this end, the body aft of the front doors is all-new. However, like other models, there will be a choice of two- and four-wheel-drive models.

Engines will range from a 128bhp turbodiesel to a 256bhp 2.8 V6 petrol. The new motors add a more powerful turbodiesel and a small-capacity turbocharged petrol unit to the line-up.

The new estate will feature the same technology promised for other Insignias, including a front camera system, which reads and memorises road signs. It can also alert drivers if they unintentionally veer off the road.

To see the Insignia hatchback, click here.

Stephen Jury


August 14, 2008

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