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by Tim Beissmann

General Motors’ German division is set to venture off-road with a high-riding, rough-and-ready version of its Insignia Sports Tourer, dubbed the Opel Insignia CrossFour.

Spanish website Motor.Terra posted these leaked images ahead of the CrossFour’s anticipated launch sometime this year.

Opel Australia’s Michelle Lang said the tough-looking Insignia CrossFour was not currently part of its plans for our market, but insisted the new brand (which arrives Down Under in the third quarter of 2012) was keeping an open mind for the future.

“To start with, we’ll be sticking with the most relevant and compelling vehicle variants to meet specific needs to the Australian public,” Lang said. “If there is a desire or need for this model, we would look at it, but [it is] impossible to know this far out.”

The Insignia CrossFour is styled in the mould of the Subaru Outback, as well as its compatriots like the Audi A4 Allroad and the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack, which are both coming to Australia in 2012.


The CrossFour sports rugged-looking grey plastic lower panels and metallic front and rear skid pads. Fitted standard with all-wheel drive, the Insignia CrossTour also reportedly features height-adjustable suspension, a rear locking differential and Opel’s FlexRide adaptive stability technology.

International reports suggest the Insignia CrossFour will be offered with two diesel engine options: the 118kW CDTi and the 143kW BiTurbo, both with start-stop technology to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

There’s no confirmation at this stage, but rumours suggest the Opel Insignia CrossFour could be in line for a 2012 Geneva motor show debut in March. Stay tuned.