The next-generation Opel Insignia Country Tourer, the soft-roading version of the car we’ll know as the Holden Commodore, has been spied undergoing testing in Europe.
This prototype wears a light camouflage up front, hiding potential changes to the front bumper. Opel hasn’t made any attempt to hide the Country Tourer’s raised suspension, wheel arch protectors, higher profile tyres or grained plastic side sills.
Although there’s a more extensive disguise treatment aft of the C-pillar, we’d be surprised if the final vehicle sports anything more than a new set of tougher-looking bumpers.
Under the skin, the Country Tourer will use the Twinster all-wheel drive system developed by GKN. The same system will be used for the top-of-the-range 2018 Commodore equipped with a 3.6-litre V6.
It’s unknown if Holden has any plans to bring the Opel Insignia Country Tourer down under. If it does decide to, the vehicle will be the spiritual successor to the Holden Adventra, an all-wheel drive version of the VY and VZ V8 Commodore wagon with raised suspension, wheel arch protectors, new bumpers, and a different tailgate.
Whether the Adventra name will be revived, though, remains to be seen. Developed during Holden’s most dominant period during recent memory, the Adventra was seen as a spoiler for the Ford Territory, but never achieved anywhere near the same level of sales success as Ford’s Falcon-based crossover.
All of these decisions are further clouded by the continuing discussions about the PSA Group’s potential takeover of General Motors’ European operations.
If the owner of the Peugeot, Citroen and DS brand adds the Opel and Vauxhall business to its portfolio, the future of vehicles, such as the Holden Commodore, Holden Astra hatch, Buick Regal and Buick Encore, beyond current or announced generations is uncertain.