Audi have had the butched-up estate market pretty much all to itself for a long time with the Allroad, but hot on the heels of theVW Passat Alltrack we now look like we’re about to get a new competitor from GM in Europe – the Vauxhall / Opel Insignia Sports Tourer CrossFour.
Opel has taken the normal recipe for the CrossFour, with plastic bits bolted on to the bumpers and wheel arches, a higher ride height and the obligatory four wheel drive, and mixed them in to the very capable Insignia Sports Tourer. Engines are likely to be the 2.0 CDTi with 158bhp and the more powerful version of the same engine with 193bhp.
Logic says there will be a range-topping version with the 2.8 V6 Turbo – the Sports Tourer Crossfour VXR – and a very healthy 321bhp and 321lb/ft of torque, which would give the new CrossFour an impressive turn of speed and put Audi’s A4 Allroad 3.0 TDI quattro in its place.
This is the first news we’ve had on the CrossFour, so we have no idea when we will see a debut. But if the photos are leaking out now it would seem likely we coud see the Opel and Vauxhall versions of the Insignia Sports Tourer CrossFour as early as Geneva in the Spring.