Zafira Tourer up for production
Vauxhall/Opel in the UK has confirmed that the Zafira Tourer concept shown at the 2011 Geneva auto show will become a production reality and reach UK showrooms by early 2012.
The Zafira Tourer will receive its world debut at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show in September.
Called the Zafira Tourer, the new model will sit above the current Zafira model in the range and, the automaker says, “is set to raise the bar for design, luxury, flexibility and innovation in the MPV sector”.
FLEX7 SYSTEM EVOLVES
The production car’s design, shown in these first official images, has deviated very little from the Geneva concept, illustrating design-chief Mark Adams’ continued influence on the look of all new products and reinforcing his “sculptural artistry meets technical precision” mantra.
While the Zafira Tourer will continue to use Flex7 seating, which Opel says set new standards for seven-seat integration in the original 1999 Zafira, the system has evolved radically in the new car to offer even greater levels of flexibility, innovation and comfort.
“Improved material quality, more cabin space and an overwhelmingly airy cabin further define the Zafira Tourer from the compact Zafira MPV,” Opel adds. “The Zafira Tourer will also hold great driver appeal. A new chassis, using key components from the Insignia, with a longer wheelbase (complementing its 190mm increase in overall length) and wider track will provide outstanding dynamics.
STRETCHED ZAFIRA: The Zafira Tourer (GM's name for Estate or Wagon) looks pretty good from the rear, too. In UK showrooms early 2012.
“It will also give occupants more cabin space and ride comfort and Opel’s FlexRide adaptive damping system – a rarity in this class – will be an option.”
Two new engines – a 1.4 turbo petrol and a two-litre CDTi diesel (with three power levels) – will join a 1.8-litre petrol unit (at least in the UK) to offer a spread of power options.
Mark Adams, Opel’s design vice-president, call the car “a lounge on wheels” when it was shown at Geneva.
A number of driver assistance systems have been built into the Tourer (or are optional on some models. Among them are radar-based adaptive cruise control with auto emergency braking, a front camera system to warn of inadvertent lane departure and to recognise traffic signs and constant headlight adjustment to avoid blinding the driver ahead.
GM SA says there are not plans - at present - to bring the car to South Africa.
Peet - 2011-05-18 13:22
who can beat this one
FordKop - 2011-05-19 15:31
The Ford C Max, it produce 168 bhp from a 1.6 liter Eco Boost engine. Zafira wouldnt come close.lol
ALFAholic - 2011-05-19 15:59
Ja but it is still a Ford - Rubbish
FordKop - 2011-05-20 08:40
@ALFAholic.. I sense you got some beef with me. Im sorry if your, Girlfriend decided to drive off in a Ford, when your Alfa broke down on the side of the road. Next time get a Ford ok.
Peet - 2011-05-20 08:52
FortKop more news Opc. Ford C Max not nearby.Opel Zafira OPC + 177 kW/240 hp 2.0-liter turbo engine with 320 Nm torque + Zero - 100km/h in 7.8 seconds - maximum speed 231 km/h + IDSPlus2: The new generation adaptive
ALFAholic - 2011-05-20 12:38
@Nah Fordkop, she;s not into guys with Mullets....
Henk - 2011-05-18 15:03
Show us what the OPC will look like
Peet - 2011-05-19 06:58
SUPER CLASS WILL BE OPC
OneNight - 2011-05-19 10:33
@Peet really hope so brother. Why dont they bring the Insignia to SA. That car is massive overseas. It killed just about everything in its class. First love VW, second love Opel. BigUp!!!
FordKop - 2011-05-19 15:46
The insignia is crap...Mondeo beats the insignia and everything else in that class.
OneNight - 2011-05-19 09:40
Very nice, I like the LED Tail lights,just like the Audi’s and its German. So it should be good.
Peet - 2011-05-19 16:53
Fortkop can Mondeo match this.With its groundbreaking design and sophisticated technology, the Insignia heralds a new era. The sculpted design and technical innovations of the new five-seater symbolize the future of Opel and represent an invitation to experience superb driving dynamics. The Opel Insignia is the perfect opportunity to discover Opel.
Peet - 2011-05-19 17:00
Another one for you FortKOP.The INSIGNIA. We’re so confident in Opel quality and reliability that we are now offering a warranty that could last a Lifetime! Available to the first owner of all new ...
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