Vauxhall has added the highly advanced, sequential twin-turbo diesel technology to the Zafira Tourer range. It comes after the arrival of the Astra and Insignia BiTurbo models. The Zafira Tourer BiTurbo is powered by 2.0-litre 195PS diesel engine. It can achieve a top speed of 135mph and can accelerate from zero to 60mph in only 8.5 seconds, making it one of the fastest diesel-powered, seven-seat MPVs available in the market.
In addition, start/Stop technology helps the BiTurbo attain a combined fuel economy figure of only 50.4mpg and has a CO2 emissions level of 149g/km. This sequential BiTurbo technology offers an impressive power output, an immediate throttle response and outstanding pulling power from a wide torque plateau. It broadens the powertrain lineup for the Zafira Tourer, comprising four diesel and two petrol engines.
Zafira Tourer BiTurbo is offered in SE, SRi or Elite trims with a host of options such as FlexRide adaptive chassis control system, AFL adaptive forward lighting system and a panoramic windscreen that lends natural light to the cabin. The additional flexibility inside the Zafira Tourer is offered by the new generation Flex7 seating system, which includes the distinctive lounge seating functionality that offers passengers generous space in the second row.
The first Zafira Tourer BiTurbo models will arrive in showrooms in spring 2013. Order books are now open for this model, which is priced from £27,685 on-the-road. Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director, said that Vauxhall is the only car company to offer a sophisticated BiTurbo engine on a seven-seat MPV, which gives a “perfect blend” of excellent performance, outstanding fuel economy and premium class quality.
The new Vauxhall Zafira Tourer is expected to offer better appeal to the driver. Using some important components taken from the Insignia, the model has a new chassis. Since the overall length was increased by 190 mm, it will have a longer wheelbase as well as wider tracks. All of these combine to give the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer excellent dynamics while making sure that the occupants experience more space and better ride comfort.
Vauxhall will be offering as a possible option the FlexRide adaptive damping system, which is considered rare for its segment. Though it will still utilize the Flex7 seating, it is expected bring new standards with regards to the seven-seat integration that was first seen in the 1999 Zafira. Indeed, this new system has been advanced in a way that the new model will be able to deliver better levels when it comes to comfort, innovation, and flexibility.
Differentiating the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer from its more compact sibling, the MPV Zafira will boast a more airy cabin, additional cabin space, and better quality for the materials. When the Flex7 first revealed the 1999 Zafira, it was considered as pioneering as it allowed cars to easily shift from a five-seater version to a seven-seater one. Indeed, the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer continues to have the basic principles of the Flex7 but made some important changes when it comes to the functions.
Under the Flex7, the whole third row can be folded in a manner that it is on the same level as that of the luggage area’s floor. However instead of being a bench, the second row is now composed of three different seats which can be folded and at the same time more forward and backward by 210 mm. Thus, compared to the current generation, the third-row passengers can experience additional room.
It is not only for the people sitting in the third row though as those in the second row can also take advantage of the versatility and the extra space. Because of the smart folding mechanism, though this is only offered for certain models, the back of the seat in the middle can be rotated and moved forward. Thus, passengers sitting in the outer seats can have their very own individual armrests.
If arranged this way, the outer seats can be moved forward and backwards by 280 mm, this is greater by at least 80 mm versus the present version of the Zafira. These same seats have been moved 50 mm to the middle. Thus, passengers get better elbow and shoulder room. This ensures that comfort and space have a feel similar to that of limousines.