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Hot new Zafira launched

2006-06-09 09:05
The second generation, seven-seater offers much more dynamic styling and performance.

The Opel Zafira is available with a choice of four models, with the 1.6 Essentia and the 1.8 are available immediately. They will be followed in July by a 2.2 litre version with automatic transmission and a 1.9 litre CDTI diesel engine variant.

The new model is larger and features refinements to the interior. A unique panoramic roof system with glass panels and integrated storage compartments is offered as an option pack on all models except the base line 1.6 Essentia.

The stable and rigid body shell of the Zafira is complemented by the application of Opel's SAFETEC philosophy which includes a comprehensive list of active and passive safety features.

Rear disc brakes, ABS, Brake Assist, and Electronic Brake force Distribution are all standard across the range while all models other than the base line 1.6 Essentia are fitted with Opel's ESP (Electronic Stability Programme), all designed to prevent an accident from happening.

Visually the new Zafira is dynamic and sporty with front-end styling providing a strong visual link to its membership of the Astra family of vehicles.

As with the Astra, a characteristic 'V' form flows through the vehicle from exterior styling cues through into the interior design.

Opel engineers completely revised the seating package on the Zafira for higher levels of comfort, space and quality feel.

Buyers have a choice of four Opel ECOTEC engines in the Zafira range, each matched to a specific features level:

  • A 1.6 litre petrol engine featuring Opel's Twinport technology. This engine produces 77kW @ 6000 r/min with 150Nm of torque at 3900 r/min. This engine is fitted to the base line Zafira 1.6 Essentia.

  • A 1.8 litre new generation engine with continually variable camshaft timing. This engine produces 103kW @ 6300 r/min and 175Nm of torque at 3800 r/min. The Zafira 1.8 Enjoy is the model in which this engine features.

  • A 2.2 litre petrol engine, also a new generation engine from Opel featuring direct fuel injection for higher efficiency. This engine produces 110kW @ 5600 r/min and 215 Nm of torque at 4000 r/min. This engine is matched to the Enjoy specification level with automatic transmission.

  • A 1.9 litre CDTI diesel engine. This common rail direct injection turbo charged and intercooled engine produces 110kW @ 4000 r/min and a massive 320 Nm of torque at just 2000 r/min. The top of the range Zafira Elegance features package is matched to this powerplant.
  • The 1.6 litre and 1.8 litre engines are mated to five-speed transmissions while the 2.2 litre direct injection unit is available matched to a four-speed automatic transmission only. The 1.9 litre CDTI engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

    The Opel Zafira is covered by a 3year/100 000 Km warranty with 24 hour roadside assistance for the duration of the warranty. A 5 year/100 000 Km maintenance plan is included.


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