All-New 2012 Opel Zafira 7-Seater Minivan Breaks Cover Ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show


Meet the new Opel Zafira Tourer, which was revealed today in its final production form before a global premiere at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany this fall. General Motors’ European division had previewed its new range-topping people carrier as a concept model at the Geneva Salon this past March.

The Zafira nameplate was first launched onto the market in 1999 with Opel having introduced a second-generation model in 2005. Now in its third iteration, the new Zafira will attempt to expand its customer base by adding a more impressive design and a more premium feel to the mix of qualities that are typical of the minivan segment.

“The Zafira is Opel’s flexibility icon, and we wanted to bring more emotion and premium qualities into its third generation,” says Mark Adams, Vice President, Opel/Vauxhall Design. “The Opel Zafira Tourer makes a statement with its sleek, sporty look and premium feel.”

Surprisingly, the Zafira has remained faithful to the original concept’s exterior design, while also keeping close to the look of the automaker’s existing range. The streamlined shape is highlighted by the front end that features distinctive twin “boomerang” graphics sweeping from the headlights to the fog lamps and Opel’s typical “blade” sculpts on the body sides.

The interior mimics the styling of the concept model mixed with bits and pieces found on other Opel models such as the latest Astra. To improve the interior ambience, the Germans have added new color and trim options while also offering an available panorama windscreen that flows into a glass sunroof that extends all the way to the back of the vehicle.

Opel’s trademark Flex7 seating system has been improved on the new Zafira as it gains three independent seats in the middle row that can be folded flat and moved separately of each other sliding longitudinally by up to 210 mm. Furthermore, there’s an available Lounge Seating system, which allows the back of the middle seat in the second row to fold down and rotate to offer armrests for the passengers in the outer seats.

According to the company, the Zafira Tourer offers 710 liters load volume in a five-seat configuration, or 65 liters more than the current model, and up to 1,860 liters (+40 liters) when the two rear rows of seats are folded down.

The 2012 Zafira rides on a new platform with an increased wheelbase and tracks. The wheelbase is now 2,760 mm (+ 57 mm), while the front and rear tracks measure 1,584 mm (+ 96 mm) and 1,588 (+ 78 mm) respectively.

When it goes on sale in Europe towards the end of the year, the new Zafira will offer buyers three versions of Opel’s 2.0-liter CDTI common-rail turbo diesel engine with 110HP, 130HP and 165HP, along with two 1.4-liter ECOTEC turbocharged gasoline engines delivering 120HP and 140HP. All engines will be offered with the German firm’s Start/Stop technology.

Opel said that soon after the market launch, it will expand the range with more fuel-efficient ecoFLEX model as well as variants powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG). The company added that a few months later it will introduce more engines including a brand new gasoline unit.

The presentation of the new Zafira does not translate to the end of production for the current model as Opel has decided to continue selling the second generation MPV alongside its replacement as a more affordable proposal in the compact minivan segment.



Anonymous said... »May 17, 2011

GM NEEDS to sell this Stateside. It could easily fit into the current Buick range.

Anonymous said... »May 17, 2011

If I throw the front end of this vehicle up into the air will it return to me with those dual boomerang dohickies on the font?

Anonymous said... »May 17, 2011

Should have added that this is a good looking and properly designed wagon that GM's done...even with its double boomerangs.

pdxa4 said... »May 18, 2011

This is terrific...I wish that vehicles like this made it over to the US...

Anonymous said... »May 18, 2011

Looks good. Would sell as a Buick, but do a Buick grille and front end. Drop the boomerangs, a bit much if sold as a Buick. Interior is nice.

Anonymous said... »May 18, 2011

Wonder why some of the emblems have little horsies and others have the lightning bolt serial cable symbol?

Said..... said... »May 18, 2011

Different brands, have you been living in a cave?

Andrew said... »May 18, 2011

Lil horsies = Vauxhaul, UK market GM
Lightning bolts = Opel, rest of Europe
Lions (like the lil horsies but no flag) = Holden, GM in Australia.

Lol at boomerang comment and I second the idea of selling this in the US.

Some soccer moms want a smaller cheaper minivan. Give it a turbo 4 and keep it under $30k fully loaded and watch it fly out of the dealer lots.

Anonymous said... »May 18, 2011

"Lil horsies = Vauxhaul, UK market GM"

Have you even looked at fucking Vauxhall logo?

It'a a griffin holding a flag. Where the hell is the friggin' horse (much less, when has there even been a horse with wings)!?!?

Anonymous said... »June 20, 2011

çà ressemble trop au disign de CITROËN !!!

Sandra said... »February 04, 2012

o melhor carro do universo

Tom Lewis said... »March 21, 2012

I like it.  In 2005, while on vacation in Ireland, I rented a Zafira, and liked it, and at the end of 2006, when I saw the Kia Rondo arrive in the US, I liked this class of vehicle enough to have bought a 2007 Rondo.  I had read back in 2006 that GM was considering selling the Zafira as a Saturn, but it did not happen.  As to the Rondo, Kia does not sell it here any longer.  Too bad - as much as I like this type of vehicle, I guess there are not enough Americans who feel this way.  If it came here as a Buick, I would sure be interested.

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