New Sasol GTC cars set for thrills

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Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

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Opel strikes with new Scenic rival

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The new Zafira's look is unmistakeably related to the Astra featuring a sporty and elegant design.

Its most prominent features are the distinct V-shape tapering of the front and rear with the characteristic Opel crease line, the strong, rising body shoulder and the aerodynamic roofline gently sloping downward to the rear.

The Zafira's looks are accentuated by eye-catching details such as large air inlets in the front bumper, visibly hi-tech, three-dimensional headlamps and taillights, as well as the trapezoidal-shaped, chrome-framed radiator grille with the Opel logo and characteristic chrome crossbar.

The new Zafira benefits from a number of enhancements such as a panorama roof system with integrated storage compartments.

Opel's IDS⊃Plus chassis with electronic Continuous Damping Control is also available in the new car.

Other technical highlights offered for the first time in the Zafira include steering-linked AFL bi-xenon headlamps with dynamic curve light.

In terms of comfort and space, the new Zafira is a step ahead of the first generation model.

Thanks to its long wheelbase (2 703 mm) and clever packaging, up to seven passengers have even more room in all three rows.

The Flex7 seating system, now even easier to operate, ensures maximum versatility for all everyday transportation needs. In a matter of seconds, the Zafira can easily be turned from a seven to a six, five, four, three or two-seater

Depending on the equipment line, the new Zafira offers around 30 practical storage compartments.

In its five-seat configuration, the new Zafira's luggage compartment volume is 620 liters, 20 liters more than in the predecessor.

The FlexOrganizer system from the new Astra station wagon is now also available for the Zafira.

This clever cargo management system is comprised of two horizontal side rails in the luggage compartment, which have adjustable mounting points to allow flexible attachment of various retaining straps, hooks, dividers and storage boxes.

Buyers can choose between three diesel and four petrol units from the ECOTEC family.

The top-of-the-line engine is the 147 kW 2-litre turbo gasoline unit, which takes the Zafira to a top speed of around 220 km/h.

That is followed by a 2.2-liter petrol direct injection engine (110 kW) and a new 1.8-liter unit (103 kW). The entry-level gasoline engine is a 1.6-liter unit (77 kW) with fuel-saving TWINPORT technology.

Three state-of-the-art 1.9-liter common-rail turbo-diesel engines with multiple direct injection round off the powertrain program for the new Zafira.

The 1.9 CDTI units are offered in three output levels - 74 kW, 88 kW, 110 kW


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