Vauxhall is expanding its MPV line-up with a new Zafira model to slot in above the existing car and the recently-launched Meriva.
A production version of the Zafira Tourer concept shown at Geneva earlier this year, the production car will also be called the Zafira Tourer and brings a dash of style and luxury to the mostly utilitarian people carrier sector.
See the Which? Car report on the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer from the Geneva Motor Show.
Vauxhall Flex7 seating
With a new version of the Flex7 seating system pioneered on the original Zafira, plus sleek styling and huge range of driver aids, the new Zafira Tourer promises a great deal.
The stylish looks and neat features like an optional panoramic windscreen should give the Zafira Tourer a premium feel, but there are practical features too.
Flex7 has been expanded and now features three separate seats for the middle row, as well as a third row that disappears into the boot floor when not needed.
The seating can be upgraded for even more flexibility with a centre seat that transforms into an armrest and lets you move the two outer seats closer to the middle of the car for more elbow room.
And, depending on where you need the space, the centre seats can slide back and forth by an impressive 210mm.
With the third row stowed there’s up to 710 litres of boot space – 65 litres more than before – and a massive 1,860 litres with all the seats folded away.
The Zafira will have lots of features from the Vauxhall Meriva – see our review of the smaller MPV
Zafira Tourer equipment
Based on the Vauxhall Insignia, the new Zafira Tourer is 190mm longer than the existing Zafira and significantly bigger in every dimension.
It can be chosen with an array of driver aids and additional safety systems. These include: blind spot alerts, parking assistance, adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking with distance and relative speed alerts to the vehicle in front.
Engines include a downsized 1.4-litre turbo petrol option and a basic 1.8 petrol. Diesels comprise three versions of Vauxhall’s CDTi 2.0-litre unit, with power outputs ranging from 110 to 165bhp.
The Zafira Tourer will be formally unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show later this year, with UK sales starting early in 2012.