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First pictures: Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer

Vauxhall has revealed the estate version of its new Insignia, ahead of the Sports Tourer’s arrival this summer.

Lighter, and therefore more efficient, and more practical thanks to an additional 100 litres of boot space, the new Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer follows the stylish lines of its hatchback sibling, branded Insignia Grand Sport, and is 200kg lighter than the current Insignia Sport Tourer.

The extra space takes the car up to 1640 litres with the rear seats folded and an extra 97mm of boot length, though Vauxhall hasn’t revealed how the seats-up figure compares with the last model’s 540 litres. It does though claim that the overhang between bumper and boot has been reduced to ease loading, and larger items will now fit better as a result of increased width between wheel arches.

The seats fold at the touch of a button in the luggage compartment, and can be folded in a 40:20:40 configuration.

Though the hatch is the dominant party within Insignia sales, the outgoing Sport Tourer did take nearly a quarter of sales, so the new version is an important car for Vauxhall, especially in fleet, where the last Insignia shifted 92% of its volume. The load-lugger also benefits from the Grand Sport’s improvements in interior quality and layout and the space improvements that mean more head, shoulder and hip room.

“It has all of the elegance of its Insignia Grand Sport sibling but with even more practicality, including a boot that is more spacious than its predecessor,” said Vauxhall managing director Rory Harvey. The Insignia Sports Tourer will set new standards for design, efficiency, technology and connectivity.”

Vauxhall has yet to confirm engines for the new car, but has revealed the debut of an eight-speed automatic gearbox, as well as the availability of an all-wheel drive system to compliment the regular front-drive layout.