• Apr 15, 2011
Spy Shots: Opel Zafira – Click above for high-res image gallery

This time, you are not looking at a hologram. Our spy photographers have caught this camo-clad Opel Zafira out moving people. Vauxhall has already hinted at its version of the Zafira via the Tourer Concept, and a production version is expected to hit dealer showrooms in the first half of 2012.

The seven-passenger people mover is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Inside, the Zafira will feature reconfigurable seating so that four can ride in spacious comfort, five can go on a journey together, or seven can be shuttled around.

Though the camouflage is covering them up, we can see the bottom-half of the aggressively stylish boomerang headlights peeking out. The overall package of this European staple appears to have stayed true to the concept shown at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Given how production-ready the car appears, we expect it to break cover very soon.



[Source: CarPix]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      And this should be here in North America... competing with the Ford C-Max and Mazda 5.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Zafira is all over the place in the UK. Families, Private hire and Ambulance drivers mostly use the Diesel versions, Even the police drive them. The petrol SRi and VXR versions are fast as well. GM should conduct a small test run in the US fitted with standard 2.0 Petrol and Diesel engines, And see how the US public takes to it. These Vauxhall's / Opel's are good motors.
        • 3 Years Ago
        gm already has the chevy orlando to compete with the c-max and mazda5...if this does come over it will most likely be a buick
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yup....as a Buick. I think GM should continue to pull from their European inventory to sell under the Buick brand in the States. We need this and proper versions of the Astra hatches.
        • 3 Years Ago
        ohh yeah! I forgot it wasn't sold in the usa... Weird though cause we have the equinox here in canada to...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ jpcar: I'd be all over this if it came to the States with the 250hp 2.0T Ecotec from the Verano and priced under $30K.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Thomas While the Orlando is available in Canada, GM isn't selling it in the US market due to GM believing that there are already enough products for American consumers to buy, and may detract sales from the Equinox.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Automakers are making inroads into extracting the most hp/L, but North America will need more than the 1.4L found in this Euro model.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If this came to the United States, i'd dare say it would be the best looking van on the market. worth a shot GM
      • 3 Years Ago
      next GMC
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is what they need to compete with the C-Max, Mazda5 etc.......makes the Orlando look like the turd it is.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Moderately well-equipped and preferably with a diesel. Bring it to the U.S. around 25k and I'm in. Perfect for us traveling sales types. Room for samples and customers, great fuel economy, good looks, and (hopefully) comfortable around town and on long drives.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Future Buick?
      • 3 Years Ago
      This will be a classic case study in GM incompetence. This would make a great Buick, but I would almost guarantee that GM will be too short sited to bring this to the US market. Why not lead the US marketplace with the first luxury, small, efficient, 7-seater on the market?

      For most young families this would be perfect and could significantly bring down the average age of a Buick owner, which is probably hovering around 82 years old right now. As someone who drives a European wagon right now, but could occasionally use an extra two seats for small children, this would move right to the top of my shopping list. I'm not interested in a C-max, Chevy Orlando, or Mazda 5.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Zafira would be a great new entry for GM. One problem- a big one. Big Americans want bigger everything, and they don't pay more for less. Many competitors are trying to get Americans to move into smaller, well-designed and well-equipped vehicles. A Buick Zafira would have to compete with the Chrysler Town and Country, not a Mazda. Will Americans pay more for smaller, if better vehicles? Time will tell.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Chrysler T&C is too large; this vehicle would probably be pitted against things like the Audi A3, Volvo V50, or perhaps the hybrid Lexus CT200h(if a hybrid Zafira is offered, that is). Seeing as how the luxury segment is trying to go smaller in the U.S., I can see this being at the forefront of that trend.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The more I think about it...could this be the basis for the new chevy crossvolt?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Buick Apollo2 ?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great write up Jeff!

      An interesting new vehicle from GM! With gas prices rising in the USA to the point of hitting 5 dollars a gallon this summer..This might just be a great choice for GM to fight the good fight in the battle for fuel efficient people movers.

      JB
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM - bring this over as a Buick and keep it in the low $30ks loaded and we'd trade the RX for one in a heartbeat. Have always enjoyed renting the older version when in Europe. Just the right size. More comfortable and less plasticky than the Mazda5, smaller and more manageable than a regular minivan.
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