The rugged off-roading version of the Vauxhall Insignia estate will shortly go off sale in the UK.
The Insignia Country Tourer will no longer be offered on sale, due to re-engineering costs.
The rest of the Insignia range is being offered with the new 2.0CDTi 170 diesel engine, known as the ‘Whisper’ diesel, but the costs for engineering this engine to fit with the four-wheel drive system of the Country Tourer were deemed too high to make a case for offering this version in right-hand drive markets.
The new Euro 6-compliant engine could have been offered with front-wheel drive versions of the Country Tourer, but it was not seen as being appropriate to only offer a two-wheel drive model of a car that comes with lots of off-road styling and a raised ride height.
Opel will offer the Country Tourer with the new engine in left-hand drive markets, but the small sales numbers in the UK mean it will no longer be offered over here.
The Country Tourer was the Vauxhall rival to the likes of the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack and the Octavia Scout. It comes with the choice of two- and four-wheel drive, and comes with higher ground clearance and plastic cladding around the front, rear and the wheelarches. It was only offered in relatively high trim levels, with equipment such as satellite navigation included as standard.
Vauxhall still has cars in stock, so the Country Tourer will be sold in dealers for the time being, but no more will be offered after they have gone. The regular Insignia Sports Tourer is unaffected.