Vauxhall Zafira Tourer pricing under-cutting Ford S-Max

Article by Christian A., on September 17, 2011

Vauxhall has confirmed that the price of the all-new Zafira Tourer will begin at £21,000, more than £1,200 lower than its key rival, the Ford S-Max. Despite its highly competitive entry-level price, the Zafira Tourer ES 1.8 (140PS) will be fitted with a comprehensive array of kit as standard including Flex7 seating, active headrests, 7-speaker sound system, 6 airbags, MP3/Aux In connections, cruise control, DAB and air conditioning.

Sitting above the ES in the lineup will be the SRi, Exclusiv, Elite and SE trims. In the lineup of Vauxhall, the Zafira Tourer will be positioned above the recent Zafira model. Also, the Zafira Tourer is set to increase the standard for innovation, flexibility, luxury and design in the MPV sector.

The design of the production vehicle has deviated very slightly from the Geneva concept, illustrating design-chief, Mark Adams’ unrelenting influence on the appearance of all new Vauxhall products, and strengthening his "Sculptural artistry meets technical precision" mantra.

While the Zafira Tourer will still be fitted with the Flex7 seating, which raised the bar for seven-seat integration in the original 1999 Zafira, the system has changed radically in the new vehicle to offer even higher levels of comfort, innovation and flexibility. Elements that further define the Zafira Tourer from the compact MPV Zafira are enhanced material quality, an overwhelmingly airy cabin and more cabin space. Vauxhall's confirmation of the Zafira Tourer's price coincides with its world premier at Frankfurt.

At first glance, the new Vauxhall Zafira Tourer looks more dynamic and more refined, thanks to its new sculptural design language. Whether on the exterior or inside the cabin, the new Zafira Tourer boasts of a number of enhancements.

The new Vauxhall Zafira Tourer remains practical as ever, and is now as agile and as comfortable as the Insignia. Its front end is marked by a dynamically trapeze-shaped grille as well as the unique crease in the bonnet that has been a hallmark of vehicles belonging to the Opel brand. In addition, the new Vauxhall Zafira Tourer is marked on the front by sweeping boomerang graphics in the lighting units running from the headlights to the fog lamps.

This design effectively, seamlessly and visually combines all the lighting functions. In addition, the new Vauxhall Zafira Tourer features more Opel design cues like the wing-shaped daytime running lights on the front and at the rear. The latest version of the Zafira Tourer boasts of an enhanced field of vision for the driver, thanks to slender "hydroformed" A-pillars, sleek B-pillars, and generous side windows on the front as well as rear view mirrors on both sides.

These mirrors feature a two-tone combo -- a shiny black gloss on top and the body color below – making them appear smaller than they actually are. The new Vauxhall Zafira Tourer has the Insignia door system, which is known for its "door frames under glass."

Moreover, all of its exterior panels have been designed both aerodynamically and acoustically in order to cut down noise levels inside. Interestingly, the silhouette of the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer is inspired by shape of a high speed train, with the blades on the flanks creating a forward motion. The sporty body of the new Vauxhall Zafira Tourer is laden with crisp sweeping lines, as highlighted by a smooth line flowing from the front of the roof to the roof spoiler – making it appear lower.

Adding to the sportiness of the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer are its front spoiler, enlarged roof spoiler, rear lower skirt and side skirt. For a more muscular appearance, customers could avail of an optional OPC style, which is offered for the Edition (EU: Enjoy), Sport and Innovation (EU: Cosmo) versions.

Topics: vauxhall, price, uk

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