Opel Zafira Tourer Concept
6th March, 2011
The Opel Zafira Tourer Concept made its world
premiere at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show (3rd-13th March). The vehicle offers a glimpse into the future
generation Opel Zafira monocab. The concept car combines maximum flexibility, resulting in a blend of
functionality and wellness. The Zafira Tourer Concept is like a “lounge on wheels” with a light and
airy interior that offers space for rear passengers. It brings values like ambition and innovative
technologies to the monocab segment while showcasing Opel’s design philosophy "sculptural artistry
meets German precision".
“We have transferred the idea of a relaxing lounge to a vehicle and created an automobile
wellness oasis, a place to relax and enjoy. Passengers can retreat in the lounge. It is a
comfortable, roomy space where you really want to be – regardless if it’s for a business trip or to
relax for a long journey,” says Mark Adams, Vice President of Design at Opel. “The Opel
Zafira Tourer Concept makes a statement with its sleek sporty look and premium feel”.
True to lounge feeling, the Zafira Tourer Concept interior is bathed in light thanks to a
panorama windshield that seamlessly flows into a generous glass roof which extends to the rear of
the car. A special touch is a second pane of high-tech composite material that is edge-lit by LEDs.
Tiny metallic particles are embedded in the plastic to reflect the light and give off a cozy, warm
light that can be varied in different shades of yellow. This reinforces the homey lounge ambiance
and lends the interior a glowing 'character' while achieving a harmonious balance with the outside
In the Zafira Tourer Concept, Opel engineers further developed the seven-seat Flex7 seating
concept pioneered by the Zafira, making it more sophisticated than ever.
The third row can still be completely folded down flush with the floor in the innovative Zafira
Tourer Concept. Fully automatically at the push of a button, the five-seat configuration can then
be transformed into a roomy four-seat rear cabin with first-class feeling and lounge character.
Thanks to a clever new folding mechanism, the back of the middle seat in the second row folds to
offer comfortable armrests for the passengers in the outer seats. These then slide back and towards
each other, creating maximum space for passengers’ arms and legs and thus ensuring optimal comfort.
With extended footrests, perfect seating for relaxation is created – the ideal place to unwind.
The tiltable three-piece head restraints are also electrically powered and add to the spacious
first-class character of the Zafira Tourer Concept’s cabin. For safety reasons the head restraints
remain in vertical position for the driver when the car is in motion. In the lounge setting, with
the exception of the driver head restraint, they swivel 90 degrees to the horizontal position
while the outer elements slightly curve forward – pure wellness for the passengers.
Clarity plays a big part in comfort and well-being in the first row, where a large touch-screen
display dominates the centre console. A covered storage compartment above that can hold a tablet
PC like an iPad. The heating can be controlled over two turn knobs below the display, and air
conditioning via touch-buttons.
Thanks to the flexible and pivot-mounted tablet PCs on the front seat backs, passengers in the
second row can comfortably surf the internet or control multi-media applications.
Seats tailored in high-quality caramel leather with colour-matched quilted seams and stitching,
contrasted with Cocoa dark brown door trim, soft deep-pile carpet and a host of premium materials
pleasant to touch, underline the monocab’s exclusivity.
The roomy, warm interior in dark brown and caramel colour tones is encased by an elegant,
sculptured and sophisticated exterior design in Frost Liquid Metal, a special metallic silver-grey.
The new distinctive front with wing shaped headlamps and twin trapezoid grille intakes makes a
dynamic, sporty look.
The LED technology wing-shaped daytime running lights, bi-Xenon AFL and fog lamps are all
contained behind a single plexiglass cover. The fog lamps, encased in a polished aluminium frame,
shimmer in blue like a frosted acrylic block and contrast the warm atmosphere of the interior. These
elements visually shorten the front overhang. The characteristic Opel centre crease on the bonnet
reaches from the grille to the windshield.
Like the Astra Sports Tourer, the Zafira’s belt line sweeps upwards in a hockey stick-like
gesture and visually helps to propel the vehicle forward. The sleek, aerodynamic body noticeably
reduces wind noise to ensure quiet cruising even at high speeds.
The aerodynamically optimised exterior mirrors house the turn indicators that are encased like
jewels in an elegant, polished aluminium body. These high-class trim details are echoed in the
waist moulding of the side glass as well as on the roof rails.
The dark tail lamps in the signature blade form with LED technology wrap around the body side
and tailgate. The horizontal aluminium bar carrying the Opel logo stretches far into the light
elements, giving the Opel Zafira Tourer Concept a broad, sporty look in the rear. The
parallelogram-shaped dual exhaust pipes are integrated in another aluminium bar in the lower fascia,
adding to its dynamic appearance.
Innovative designs and technologies enhance looks and comfort
The 20-inch twin-spoke alloy wheels in dark metallic grey matt lacquer emphasise both the
monocab’s natural 'athleticism' and its 'character'. The polished high-gloss spokes contrast with
diamond-cut aluminium surfaces that make them stand out against the dark background of the rims.
There is also a smart, exclusive detail hidden behind five slim covers integrated in the spokes.
Opel engineers designed them as decorative and functional wheel-nut protectors. They can be
unlocked easily and quickly and the covers open out in star-form to allow access to the bolts. The
245/40 R20 tyres add an extra dash of sporty comfort.
The Zafira Tourer Concept is powered by a new version of the 'downsized', fuel-efficient 1.4
Turbo featuring Start/Stop technology that provides a smooth ride for all occupants.
The Opel Zafira Tourer Concept also features innovative technologies that enhance comfort and
safety such as the FlexRide fully adaptive damping system.
In addition to value-orientated Daewoo sourced cars (sold as Chevrolet), General Motors
manufactures and markets Opel vehicles in Europe. Opel has a range of passenger cars and a number
of Renault sourced light commercial vehicles. In addition, Opel will replace their Combo van with
a Fiat sourced van in 2012.
Opel competes with mainstream European brands such as Citroen, Fiat, Ford, Peugeot, Renault,
SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen in addition to import brands such as Mitsubishi, Nissan, Suzuki and
Opel will be released on the Australian new car market during 2012 with a range of cars.
Whilst the Corsa, Astra and Insignia are likely to be the mainstay of the local line-up, a
production version of the next Zafira is a potential arrival at a later time. An earlier version
of the Zafira has been sold in Australia as the Holden Zafira.