Thursday, February 10, 2011

Vauxhall/Opel tease Zafira Concept

GM is teasing the new Zafira Tourer Concept. Vauxhall/Opel�s design executive Mark Adams is holding an iPad that the Zafira hologram is projected out of. The concept will premier at next month�s Geneva motorshow.

The image reveals the fascia will be inspired by the Ampera range-extending vehicle, as well as the trademark �blade� appearing on the flanks.

Mark Adams said: "We've applied the lounge concept to a motor vehicle. A lounge is a place you want to escape to and relax, a place where you really want to be. We wanted to offer the same feeling in a monocab and make it the lounge you want to spend time in."

The newcomer won�t replace the current Zafira as the new Zafira will be bigger, more sophisticated, and intended to contend with the Ford Galaxy/S-Max, Renault Espace, and Chevrolet Orlando. The outgoing Zafira will undergo a comprehensive facelift and remain on sale.

The next Zafira will adopt a Flex-7 seat system where the rear-most seats can be folded into the floor independently in a single motion.

Power outputs on the petrol side will range from 120bhp (122PS/89kW) to 180bhp (183PS/134kW). Diesel engines will offer outputs from 110bhp (112PS/82kW) to 160bhp (162PS/119kW).

The new Zafira will centre on GM�s Delta II platform, but will also be pushed upmarket with a higher sticker price and a quality feel as Vauxhall/Opel plans to detach itself from the Chevrolet Orlando.

The 2012 Vauxhall/Opel Zafira is scheduled to debut at the 2011 Frankfurt motorshow.

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