New Opel Zafira Tourer: first class transformer

THE Opel Zafira Tourer will make its world premiere at the 64th International Motor Show in Frankfurt am Main, September 15 - 25, 2011. Offering a perfect blend of functionality and wellness, the Zafira Tourer brings Insignia premium quality values and innovative technologies as well as Opel’s design philosophy – “sculptural artistry meets German precision” – to the MPV segment.

THE Opel Zafira Tourer will make its world premiere at the 64th International Motor Show in Frankfurt am Main, September 15 - 25, 2011. Offering a perfect blend of functionality and wellness, the Zafira Tourer brings Insignia premium quality values and innovative technologies as well as Opel’s design philosophy – “sculptural artistry meets German precision” – to the MPV segment.

The “Tourer” in the name marks a quantum leap forward: With an extensively re-designed Flex7 seating system, the third generation of Opel’s compact MPV establishes new standards in cabin flexibility and quality.

The benchmark for flexibility offers rear passengers a new, first-class feeling

Opel engineers have substantially upgraded the clever Flex7 seating concept with the new Tourer. While the entire third row can still be folded down flush with the floor of the luggage compartment, the second row has been completely re-designed with three individual seats that can be folded flat independently of each other. Each can slide longitudinally by 210 mm.

Passengers in the second row can benefit from the unique Lounge Seating system, providing generous limousine-like seating space and comfort. Thanks to a clever folding mechanism, the back of the middle seat folds down and rotates to offer comfortable armrests for the passengers in the outer seats. The longitudinal movement of the outer seats in this case is extended to 280 mm – 70 mm more than in the standard version, and 80 mm more than in the current Zafira. Moreover, the outer seats slide by 50 mm towards the centre of the cabin, a true novelty in the segment.

The combination allows passengers to change position at their convenience while travelling, making the flexible interior a wellness oasis, a place to relax and enjoy the spacious atmosphere.

Unique features further enhance Zafira Tourer’s flexibility

Thanks to its generous cabin space and flexible seating system, the Zafira Tourer offers 710 litres load volume in a five-seat configuration (65 litres more than the current Zafira), and up to 1,860 litres (+ 40 litres) when all rear seats are folded down.

It also provides ample storage space including the revolutionary multi-functional FlexConsole, an enhancement of the innovative FlexRail system introduced last year in the Meriva. The armrest features a storage box with cup holder trail which slide on the aluminum rails to the desired position, enabling flexible use of the generous storage space between the front seats – exactly where it is most accessible and useful.

The second generation of Opel’s exclusive integrated FlexFix bicycle carrier system also premieres in the new Zafira Tourer. It is integrated in the rear bumper and is simply pulled out like a drawer. The system has been re-engineered and features a new fastening device that makes it even more functional and easier to use.

Zafira Tourer stands out with athletic look

“The Zafira is Opel’s flexibility icon, and we wanted to bring more emotion and premium qualities into its third generation,” says Mark Adams, Vice President, Opel Design. “The Opel Zafira Tourer makes a statement with its sleek, sporty look and premium feel.”

The distinctive front with its bold twin “boomerang” graphics sweeping from the top of the headlights to the bottom of the fog lamps, its characteristic Opel centre crease and proud trapezoidal grille create a dynamic, progressive look, unusual for an MPV. In line with all other models in the range, the headlights feature the Opel-typical “wing shaped” daytime running light graphic.

The streamlined, aerodynamic bodywork design of the Zafira Tourer lends it a silhouette that is reminiscent of a high-speed train. The belt line sweeps upwards in a hockey stick-like gesture and visually propels the vehicle forward, while the Opel characteristic “blade” sculpts and adds motion to the body side.

The wing-shaped graphic from the headlights is repeated in the tail lamps, which can be enhanced with LED technology. The horizontal chrome bar carrying the Opel logo stretches far into the split light elements, giving the Zafira Tourer a broad, sporty look in the rear and adding a premium touch.

As for the interior, driver’s visibility has been dramatically improved thanks to a completely re-designed front layout with slim A-pillars, large side windows and a repositioned side rear view mirror – now mounted on the door panel.

The high-class quality cabin is dominated by dynamic, sculptural shapes and a feeling of spacious comfort. The bright, airy lounge atmosphere in the Zafira Tourer can be enhanced by the optionally available panoramic windscreen – an innovation that Opel introduced in 2005 in the Astra Sporthatch. It flows into a generous glass sunroof that visually extends all the way to the back of the vehicle.

Adaptive FlexRide chassis control enhances driving comfort and safety

For a relaxed driving experience, the Zafira Tourer mechatronic chassis has been designed to provide an outstanding level of comfort and safety. Compared to the previous generation, the wheelbase and tracks have increased substantially to the benefit of ride comfort and dynamic stability: The wheel base is now 2,760 mm (+ 57 mm), while the tracks are 1,584 mm in front (+ 96 mm) and 1,588 in the rear (+ 78 mm).

The Zafira Tourer features the front axle of the Insignia, with an isolated sub-frame and a McPherson strut. The layout of the rear axle is unique in the MPV segment. Like in the Astra, it combines a compound crank with a Watt’s link. This construction has multiple benefits: While it provides outstanding stability/control, comfort and noise insulation, it is lighter and more compact than a multi-link axle that for instance would not leave enough space to fit the integrated FlexFix bicycle carrier offered in the Zafira Tourer.

Still a rarity in the MPV segment, the intelligent, fully-adaptive FlexRide chassis control system in the Zafira Tourer enhances driving comfort and safety on demand. It automatically adapts to road conditions, cornering speed, vehicle movements and individual driving style to provide maximum stability, and offers a choice between three settings: the balanced Standard mode, the comfort-oriented “Tour” mode and the more active “Sport” mode.

Greater driving safety thanks to intelligent assistant systems

A host of innovative Driver Assistant systems enhance driving comfort and overall safety in the new Zafira Tourer.

A new feature in the Opel range, the radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Collision Mitigating Braking (CMB) constantly monitors the distance to the vehicles ahead. If the set safety distance is not observed, the system automatically reduces vehicle speed or, in extreme cases, triggers emergency braking to prevent a collision.

The Side Blind Spot Alert (SBSA) warns the driver of an imminent collision when changing lanes.

To facilitate parking maneuvers, the Advanced Park Assist (APA) helps the driver finding an adequate space to park and guides him to get in; and the Rear View Camera makes even difficult maneuvers in tight spaces child’s play.

Highly efficient diesel and petrol engines available at launch

The Opel Zafira Tourer will launch in Ireland in Spring 2012 and will be available with three versions of the 2.0 CDTI common-rail turbo diesel engine familiar from the Astra and Insignia. Outputs are 81 kW/110 hp and 96 kW/130 hp, while the unit topping the offer has been reworked to deliver 121 kW/165 hp. A fuel-efficient 1.4 ECOTEC turbo-charged petrol with 103 kW/140 hp completes the range. Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available.

Opel’s new Start/Stop technology that brings further fuel savings, particularly in urban stop and go traffic, is offered with both the 1.4 Turbo petrol and 2.0 CDTI powertrains.

Opel’s extended MPV offer comprises two Zafira models

As the compact MPV segment has resumed its growth since the beginning of 2010, it is expected to be further energised by Opel. The current Opel Zafira will remain on offer next to the new, more refined Zafira Tourer, allowing traditional customers to benefit from a functional, flexible compact MPV at a very affordable price.

Opel’s MPV range thus consists of the mini Agila (length: 3.74 meters), the small Meriva (4.29 m), and the compact Zafira (4.47 m) and Zafira Tourer (4.66 m).

Both Zafira models will be built exclusively in Opel’s Bochum plant in Germany.