18 May 2011
Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

Vauxhall Zafira tourer

All-new Zafira tourer starts UK journey this year

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18 May 2011 | Vauxhall has confirmed that the Zafira Tourer concept, previewed at this year's Geneva Motor Show, will become a production reality, with first cars in UK showrooms by early 2012. Called the Zafira Tourer, the new model will sit above the current Zafira model in Vauxhall's line-up.

The production car's design, shown in these first official images, has deviated very little from the Geneva concept, illustrating design-chief, Mark Adams' continued influence on the look of all new Vauxhall products, and reinforcing his 'Sculptural artistry meets technical precision' mantra.

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

While the Zafira Tourer will continue to use Flex7 seating, which set new standards for seven-seat integration in the original 1999 Zafira, the system has evolved in the new car to offer greater levels of flexibility, innovation and comfort. Improved material quality, more cabin space and an airy cabin further define the Zafira Tourer from its compact MPV Zafira sibling.

A new chassis, using key components from the Insignia, with a longer wheelbase (complementing its 190mm increase in overall length) and wider tracks, promises outstanding dynamics, while offering occupants more cabin space and ride comfort. Vauxhall's FlexRide adaptive damping system will also be available as an option.

A great emphasis has been placed on safety in the Zafira Tourer, with a plethora of driver-assist systems making a first appearance in the new model. Traffic Sign Recognition, Side Blind Spot Alert and Advance Park Assist - which helps drivers find an adequate parking space and guides them in to it - are among the option highlights.

The Zafira Tourer's diesel engine range will comprise three versions of Vauxhall's Euro-5 compliant 2.0CDTi common rail unit, also found in the Insignia and Astra. Power outputs start with a choice of either 110PS or 130PS, while the most powerful engine has been upgraded to produce 165PS.

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

The petrol range comprises a downsized 1.4 Turbo unit, producing 140PS, and a naturally aspirated 1.8-litre with 140PS. Availability of Start/Stop on certain petrol and diesel engines will be revealed later in the year.

Six-speed manual transmissions will be standard with all 1.4T and 2.0 CDTi engines, with the option of a six-speed automatic on certain models. A five-speed manual 'box is available with the 1.8-litre petrol model.

 

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