2011 Geneva Motor Show Preview: Opel/Vauxhall Zafira Tourer Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 25, 2011

Opel/Vauxhall revealed today the first photos with the all-new Zafira Concept, which will make its world debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The new car promises to combine the “lounge-on-wheels” luxury with the same high degree of flexibility and will take the Flex7 seating to a new level. The car can be transformed at a push of a button into a four-seater with limousine levels of space.

A clever new folding mechanism allows the centre section of the second row to fold down, revealing two armrests for occupants in the outer seats.

Regarding the exterior design, the car carries the same design philosophy as the Ampera, which means we see the wing-shaped LED daytime running lights, bi-xenon AFL and fog lamps contained behind a single Plexiglass cover. Like the Astra Sports Tourer, the Zafira’s belt line sweeps upwards and visually helps to propel the vehicle forward.

The rear end of the concept shows us the dark LED tail lamps, while the dark LED tail lamps aluminium bar stretches far into the light elements, giving the concept a broad, sporty look.

The design is completed by the dark metallic grey 20-inch twin-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in 245/40 R20 tyres. Under the hood, we find a fuel-efficient 1.4 Turbo featuring Start/Stop technology, providing exceptional efficiency with brisk performance.

The interior is warm and roomy and comes with caramel and dark brown tones.

Exterior Design

These are then wrapped with the class, sculptured, and elegant exterior design that come in a special metallic silver-grey dubbed Frost Liquid Metal. The front part now has a unique sporty and dynamic look especially with the twin trapezoid grille intakes and the headlamps shaped like wings. Protected with a single plexiglass cover are the fog lamps, bi-Xenon AFL, and the wing-shaped daytime running lights that utilize LED technology.

The fog lamps in particular have been covered in a polished aluminum frame. This shines in blue, similar to a frosted acrylic block and provides contrast to the interior’s warm atmosphere. All of these elements, when combined, result in visually shortening the overhang on the front.

Meanwhile the characteristic Opel center crease that is found on the hood starts from the grille and goes all the way to its windshield. The belt line of the Zafira, much like that of the Astra Sports Tourer, sweeps towards the top in hockey stick-like motion.

This helps with the look of the vehicle appearing to move forward. Its profile meanwhile reminds one of high-speed trains. With the body being made sleek and aerodynamic, this helps lower the wind noise resulting in a quiet drive even when running at high speeds. Its exterior mirrors have been optimized for better aerodynamics and is where the turn indicators are housed. The turn indicators meanwhile look as if it is a jewel that has been encased in polished and elegant aluminum body.

The trim details are clearly high-class which mirrors the roof rails and the waist molding of its side glass. The dark tail lamps are equipped with LED technology and come in the well-known blade form. These tail lamps then wrap around the tailgate and even the body side. Its Opel logo has been placed on a horizontal aluminium bar that extends up to its light elements which gives the rear of the Opel Zafira Tourer Concept a sporty and broad look.

The dual exhaust pipes are shaped like parallelograms and were incorporated to another aluminum bar on the lower fascia which increases its already dynamic appearance. There are a number of state-of-the-art technologies and innovative designs that improve its appearance and comfort. Take the twin-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels for example. Since they come in a dark metallic grey matte lacquer, this helps highlight the monocab’s upper-class character as well as its natural athleticism.

Its high-gloss polished spokes result in a contrast with the aluminum diamond-cut surfaces helping them stand out on the dark background of its rims. In addition, integrated with the spokes and hidden at the back of the five slim covers is an exclusive and smart detail.

Engineers at Opel designed them in a way that they were not only decorative but also functioned as wheel-nut protectors. It is quick and easy to unlock them and the covers actually open in a star shape and thus enable access to its bolts.

Increasing the sporty comfort a bit are the 245/40 R20 tires. Powering the Opel Zafira Tourer Concept is the latest iteration of its fuel-efficient downsized 1.4 Turbo which has been fitted with the Start/Stop technology to ensure a smooth ride for everyone inside. Another feature that displays use of innovative technologies to improve safety and comfort is the FlexRide fully adaptive damping system.

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