Barely altered from the concept that wowed crowds at the Geneva Motor Show is the 2012 Zafira Tourer revealed by Opel in Frankfurt.

The Zafira Tourer is still a sleek, seven-passenger MPV and perhaps one of only a few lookers in its class. Priced at £21,000 in its most basic guise, the 2012 Zafira Tourer undercuts even the cheapest Ford S-Max by more than £1,200.

All Tourer models come well equipped, with air-conditioning, cruise control, six airbags and active headrests as standard. The Zafira's Flex7 seating arrangement has evolved and, at the press of a button, adjusts seating to accommodate four, five or seven passengers.

Engine choices include a turbo'd 1.4-liter gasser, a 2.0-liter CDTi diesel, including a ecoFlex version, and a 1.8-liter gasoline burner. With its most frugal engine – the 2.0-liter ecoFLEX diesel – the Zafira Tourer emits only 119 grams per kilometer of CO2, roughly equal to 44 miles per gallon U.S.

Opel says the Zafira Tourer's order books will open on November 1 and that deliveries will commence early next year. See the sleek MPV for yourself in the attached high-res image gallery and get the details in the official release after the jump.
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VAUXHALL ZAFIRA TOURER – WORLD DEBUT

• Entry-level pricing announced under-cutting Ford S-Max by over £1,200
• First details of UK range walk-up
• Order banks open November 1 this year

Coinciding with the its world premiere at Frankfurt, Vauxhall has confirmed that the entry-level price of the all-new Zafira Tourer will be £21,000, more than £1,200 less than that of its key rival, the Ford S-Max.

Yet despite its highly competitive starting price, the Zafira Tourer ES 1.8 (140PS) will come equipped with a comprehensive range of kit as standard, such as: air conditioning, DAB, cruise control, MP3/Aux In connections, 6 airbags, 7-speaker sound system, active headrests, and Flex7 seating.

Sitting above the ES in the range will be Exclusiv, SRi, SE and Elite trims.

The Zafira Tourer will be positioned above the current Zafira model in Vauxhall's line-up and is set to raise the bar for design, luxury, flexibility and innovation in the MPV sector.

The production car's design has deviated very little from the Geneva concept, illustrating design-chief, Mark Adams' continued influence on the look of all new Vauxhall products, and reinforcing his 'Sculptural artistry meets technical precision' mantra.

While the Zafira Tourer will continue to use Flex7 seating, which set new standards for seven-seat integration in the original 1999 Zafira, the system has evolved radically in the new car to offer even greater levels of flexibility, innovation and comfort. Improved material quality, more cabin space and an overwhelmingly airy cabin further define the Zafira Tourer from its compact MPV Zafira sibling.

The Zafira Tourer will also hold great driver appeal. A new chassis, using key components from the Insignia, with a longer wheelbase (complementing its 190mm increase in overall length) and wider tracks, will provide outstanding dynamics, while offering better ride comfort than ever. Vauxhall's acclaimed FlexRide adaptive damping system – a rarity in this class – will also be available as an option.

A great emphasis has been placed on safety in the Zafira Tourer, with a plethora of driver-assist systems making a first appearance in the new model. Traffic Sign Recognition, Side Blind Spot Alert and Advance Park Assist – which helps drivers find an adequate parking space and guides them in to it – are among the option highlights.

Two new engines – a 1.4 Turbo petrol and a 2.0 CDTi diesel (with three outputs, including a 119g ecoFLEX version) – join a 1.8-litre petrol unit to offer a spread of power options from 110PS to 165PS.

UK order books for the Zafira Tourer will open on November 1 this year.


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      AlphaGnome
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really dig the Opel corporate face, it's incredibly unique! Too bad Saturn had to disappear, I'd love to see this design language on American soil!
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AlphaGnome
        I agree, Saturn was the ideal US marque for rebranded Opel/Vauxhalls.
      JayH
      • 3 Years Ago
      buick NEEDS this.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JayH
        [blocked]
      Travis C. Vasconcelo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, that is the best looking thing to come out of the New Generous Motors yet. Why is it, when they get something right, they only sell it in Europe? Oh, I forgot, it has a hatchback...duh...that is why! They have worked so hard (both prior to bankruptcy and after it) to educate Americans to the fact we don't want hatchbacks unless they are huge monster utes. Can't have Americans enjoying the versatility of a car that makes sense to the modern family, can we?
      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ok this looks pretty good. Slap either Chevy or Buick logo's on it thats all and call it a day. Looks aggressive but not over the top so scare away the family if you will but doesnt look like your neutered in life either for driving this.
        kevsflanagan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kevsflanagan
        Oh and typed to fast.. obviously slap those logo's on it so you could bring it over to the US.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      A perfect addition to the Buick lineup and somewhat unique of a model compared to the rest of the GM portfolio here
      Blake
      • 3 Years Ago
      Buick, I will forgive you for deciding not to produce the Regal wagon if you bring this over instead.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Again, this would be another great addition to the Buick lineup, especially if Chevy didn't get a version of it. Would help distinguish the different GM divisions better.
      Mike Cornell
      • 3 Years Ago
      Beats the heck out of the Orlando.....
      Dane Grant
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can Buick say, 'Buick Zafira Tourer'? Would someone make a cool van in the states please? The Ford Transit Connect doesn't count....
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dane Grant
        The Zafira competes head on with the likes of the Mazda 5 and Ford C-Max.
      daveogermany
      • 3 Years Ago
      Though I like it in theory, in execution the trim that extends below the headlight on the new Opels reminds me of goo in the corner of a dog's eye.
      desinerd1
      • 3 Years Ago
      44 mpg! That's more than Honda Insight Hybrid
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        I own a 2010 Insight and regularly achieve 47-49mpg (US) in mixed driving conditions. At a constant 30-40mph, I can easily get over 50mpg. The majority of modern diesels are capable of achieving similar figures, but diesels get better fuel economy than hybrods do at highway speeds. That's why in Europe, diesels are far more popular than petrol-electric hybrids. But that isn't the whole story. However, in Europe annual registration and company car taxation is geared towards CO2 emissions. The Zafira diesel does well at 119g/km, which qualifies for a low regsitration charge for example. However, the Insight achieves 100g/km, which means annual registration costs are free, and the improved 2012 model achieves 96g/km.
        dreadcthulhu01
        • 3 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        The Euro fuel economy test produces higher results for the same vehicle than the US test, as it uses lower top speeds, gentler acceleration, and doesn't use the AC for a portion of the test. Under the Euro test, the Honda Insight is rated at 54 mpg. The reason diesels are popular in Europe is that European nations have passed laws that favor diesel cars. In addition to the road taxes being based on fuel economy/CO2 emissions, (as mentioned by aatbloke1967) many European countries tax diesel fuel a lot less than gas, making it cheaper. Last time I checked, gasoline was averaging ~$9.00 a gallon in France, while diesel was ~$7.50. The Euro emissions laws are different for diesel vehicles, and let them emit more than twice as much NOX per KM than gasoline cars.
      RobbieP
      • 3 Years Ago
      You have to wonder about that front bumper in the real world, knowing that they are affixed to the car with plastic pins. This one doesn't look to have the corner protection a bumper is supposed to have, don't get me wrong I think it's good looking, but in the hands of a careful parking soccer mom (tongue in cheek) fuggetaboutit!
        PLB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RobbieP
        you will wonder, how easy is to park such round shape car (front, back). It corners do not stick outside turning circle. this plastic bumbers (wich has metal crashbar behin it) is not so fragile too. in europe we love to park "by sound" (not from parktronic :) ) , and do not want to leave dent on every object on your way:D Do not forget about pedestrian safety to. an finaly, it just looks cool.
          Lowland
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PLB
          "in europe we love to park "by sound and do not want to leave dent on every object on your way" Sounds more like Southern & Eastern Europe, hardly all of Europe.
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