Vauxhall reveals details of 2012 Zafira Tourer
The new model will sit above the current Zafira model in the carmaker’s line-up, with Vauxhall saying that the new model wil be distinguished from its compact MPV sibling through improved material quality, more cabin space as well as improved dynamics.
The Zafira Tourer is built on a new chassis that uses key components from the Insignia, and features a longer wheelbase with wider tracks. It's also 190mm longer.
The Zafira Tourer will use an redeveloped version of the Flex7 seating. The entire third row can still be folded flat but the second row now takes the form of three separate seats that can be folded and moved fore and aft through 210mm, giving third-row passengers the potential of extra room compared with the current Zafira.
In addition, the model employs a folding mechanism on certain models to fold forward and rotate the back of the middle seat, providing occupants in the outer seats with individual armrests. In this configuration, the outer seats can be moved backwards and forwards by up to 280mm (+80mm compared with the current Zafira) and also move by 50 millimetres towards the centre of the car, giving passengers improved shoulder and elbow room.
Boot space is also increased for the new model. In five-seat mode, the luggage area can now hold up to 710 litres (up 65 litres versus current Zafira), and up to 1,860 litres (+40 litres) when all rear seats are folded.
The model will also feature the FlexConsole central storage system seen in the Meriva, which comprises a sliding platform with an armrest housing a stowage cubby and a cup holder.
There's also a new-generation FlexFix integrated bicycle carrier, which neatly fits into the rear bumper and pulls out like a drawer to accommodate two bikes, without the need for any special fixing tools.
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.
The petrol range comprises a downsized 1.4 turbo unit, producing 140PS, and a naturally aspirated 1.8-litre with 140PS.
Vauxhall’s FlexRide adaptive damping system will also be available as an option.
The Zafira Tourer will make its world debut at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, with the first cars due in UK showrooms by early 2012.For more of the latest industry news, click here.