Opel will sell its new 2012 Zafira Tourer alongside the current model

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 25, 2011

Opel/Vauxhall will put its new Zafira Tourer medium minivan on sale in the third quarter in Europe together with its smaller current Opel Zafira model. The Tourer, which is a third-generation variant of the Zafira, will have its production debut in September at the IAA in Frankfurt. The company said that this model will offer premium quality just like its Insignia midsized vehicles.

It will compete with other minivan units like the Renault Scenic, Ford C-Max and Volkswagen Touran, and will have a redesigned variant of the Flex7 seating system that is available in the Zafira.

Instead of having a bench in the middle row of seats, the new model will now have three individual seats, which can be folded and moved back and forth. In any of the five different seat configurations, the Tourer now provides 710 liters load volume, which is 65 liters more than the current model.

Another option available with be the Flexride adjustable suspension, which can adapt automatically to driving and road conditions. It will offer the vehicle owners a choice of sport, standard or tour driving settings.

In addition, the Tourer will be available with two variants of gasoline 1.4-liter turbocharged engines and three 2.0-liter common-rail turbocharged diesel engines.

The company’s new start-stop innovation will be offered with the diesel and gasoline powertrains. Both models will be manufactured at Opel's Bochum plant in Germany. The current Zafira is priced at 20,995 euros in Germany. The company stated that prices for the Tourer will be revealed at the Frankfurt auto show, when it will begin taking orders for the vehicle.

First impressions are important and the new Zafira Tourer from Opel does not disappoint. While the previous model was a real success and had a number of functional features, the new sculptural design language of the Zafira Tourer enhances this further, resulting in a vehicle that is more sophisticated and has premium attributes. It is undeniable that everything that made the Insignia a success, from the comfort it offered to its agility, are all present in the Zafira Tourer.

Even in the interior, it is clear that extra attention was placed on each detail. By being able to combine the passion for cars with practical thinking, Opel has managed to take this new model to an entirely new level. By utilizing the front side windows and combining it with the smooth B-pillars inside and the lean "hydroformed" A-pillars, the field of vision offered to the driver is greatly enhanced.

Increasing the visibility even more is the fitting of rear view mirrors on each side. In order to complement the body color as well as the side glass, the mirrors come in a two-tone mix with the top part having a shiny gloss in black. In addition to providing a balance, it also gives them a smaller appearance. Under the Insignia, its door system was well-known for the door frames under the glass and by having this in the Zafira Tourer, the new model gets premium quality.

To lower the noise levels on the interior, the panels on the exterior were acoustically and aerodynamically designed for this purpose. In order to make sure that the front part continues to be unique, the lighting units in the Zafira Tourer stretch from the headlights to the fog lamps. The different lighting functions are then combined in a continuous and even manner. Its grille still has that trapezoid shape while the bonnet has a distinguishing groove, both signatures of the company.

With these, the Zafira Tourer is able to have a more advanced appearance and a dynamic look. The Zafira Tourer also has daytime running lights that are shaped like wings on both the front and its rear, another signature look from the company. Going to the back, its rear lights remain to be slim and like the tail lights, can be equipped with LEDs when necessary. In between the lamps, there is a straight chrome bar which is unique, large, and placed above it is the company’s logo.

When it comes to shape, high speed trains follow a smooth form that helps with its aerodynamics. This same quality can be observed on the Zafira Tourer’s profile. The use of the wide-spread and the efficient lines help highlight its sporty appearance with the blades placed on the sides, giving it that strong forward movement.

By having a monocab, this allows the creation of the smooth line that starts from the front of its roof and goes on to the roof spoiler. The result is that the vehicle appears lower. With the optional OPC style, the vehicle gets that muscular look. This particular option is offered for the Sport and Innovation (Cosmo in the EU) and Edition (Enjoy in EU) versions. Giving its monocab that sporty feel are the side skirt, the lower skirt in the back, the front spoiler, and the larger roof spoiler.

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