While several car manufacturers are thinking twice before launching a new diesel-powered product in Europe, Vauxhall is offering the new Insignia GSi Sports Tourer with an oil burner.

It’s the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder twin-turbo engine that debuted in the regular Insignia models a few days ago, and it makes 207hp and 354lb-ft of torque, to the all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring through a new 8-speed automatic transmission.

The new Insignia hit 60 in 7.9 seconds and continues to a top speed of 144mph. It returns a NEDC-estimated 31.74 mpg urban, 46.3 mpg extra-urban, and
38.7 mpg combined, while the CO2 emissions are rated at 192 g/km.

Those who prefer a turbo’d petrol engine can also order the new Insignia Sports Tourer GSi with 256hp and 295lb-ft of torque, and allows it to go from rest to 60mph in 7.5sec, and up to a top speed of 152mph.

Both models sit 10mm closer to the ground than the regular versions and benefit from the standard FlexRide chassis, 20-inch wheels wrapped in extra sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires, Brembo brakes and the so-called ‘Competition’ mode, which can be enabled by turning the ESP off.

Visual updates applied to the new Insignia GSi Sports Tourer include the large chrome air intakes at the front and rear diffuser, in addition to the new sports seats, flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in leather, and several other tweaks.

The new hot estate will be at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show next week, before going on sale in the coming months.



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