Opel Zafira Tourer (2012)

Opel Zafira Tourer

Offering a perfect blend of functionality and comfort, the new Opel Zafira Tourer transports the Insignia values to the monocab segment - premium qualities, innovative technologies, sculptural and dynamic design. Opel established the seven-seat compact van segment in 1999. With an extensively re-designed Flex7 seating system, the new Zafira Tourer now sets novel standards in interior flexibility and atmosphere.

But the third-generation Zafira's innovations go well beyond this newly developed, flexible seating configuration. The Opel Zafira Tourer as a whole demonstrates a big step forward and expresses new ambitions. It is the ideal flexible companion, not only for families. Its elegant design, spacious lounge atmosphere, upgraded chassis and new technologies enable relaxed driving with maximum comfort and safety. The second generation of the Opel Eye front camera builds the basis for a range of innovative assistance systems, and Opel is the first automaker to offer a compact van with adaptive, radar-based speed control.

The engine range on offer for the new Opel Zafira Tourer will initially consist of highly efficient diesel and gasoline engines with output from 81 kW/110 hp to 121 kW/165 hp. Shortly after the start of sales, an especially low-consumption ecoFLEX model with a 2.0 CDTI common-rail turbo diesel and standard Start/Stop technology will join the Zafira Tourer family. The Zafira Tourer 2.0 CDTI ecoFLEX, boasts one of the values in the compact monocab class with just 119 g/km CO2. And this comes with spirited performance of 96 kW/130 hp and maximum torque of 300 Newton meters.

Also available is the especially economical natural gas variant of the new Zafira Tourer. The Opel Zafira Tourer 1.6 CNG turbo ecoFLEX (110kW/150hp) will be on the market in early 2012.

First impressions count: Sporty and dynamic look

The new Opel Zafira Tourer makes a very powerful first impression. The new sculptural design language has improved the already functional and highly successful predecessor of the Zafira Tourer and resulted in an even more refined product with premium qualities. Every detail in the cabin interior has been carefully considered. The Zafira Tourer successfully combines practical thinking with a passion for cars. The values of agility and comfort which are embodied in the highly successful Insignia have been transferred to the Opel Zafira Tourer. This has taken the new vehicle to the next level.

Futuristic and dynamic chassis design

The Opel Zafira Tourer's distinctive front is defined by bold boomerang graphics in the lighting units that sweep from the headlights to the fog lamps. All the lighting functions are joined up in a smooth and seamless fashion. The trapeze-shaped grille and the distinctive crease in the bonnet, consistently applied to the Opel brand, have created a very dynamic and progressive look. Further typical Opel design cues include the wing-shaped daytime running lights in the front and rear.

The driver's field of vision has been greatly improved because of a new set of slender "hydroformed" A-pillars and relatively sleek B-pillars in the interior, plus generous side windows at the front. Visibility has also been significantly boosted with the rear view mirrors on both sides. The mirrors come in a two-tone combination: a shiny black gloss on top, so as to be harmonious with side-glass and the color of the car's body. This makes them appear smaller than they really are. The overall premium quality look is further boosted by the Insignia door system, known for its "door frames under glass". All the exterior panels have been aerodynamically and acoustically designed to reduce noise levels.

The silhouette of the Opel Zafira Tourer takes its design cues from the aerodynamic and streamlined shape of a high speed train. The blades on the flanks of the car create a powerful forward motion. The sporty look is reinforced by crisp and sweeping lines. The appearance of the monocab is further enhanced with a smooth line that runs from the front of the roof to the roof spoiler. So the car appears to lie lower. The Zafira Tourer looks very muscular in the optional OPC style which is available for the Edition (EU: Enjoy), Sport and Innovation (EU: Cosmo) variants. The front spoiler, rear lower skirt, side skirt and enlarged roof spoiler give the monocab a sporty feel.

The slender rear lights, again with wing shaped taillight functions, can be fitted with LED technology if required. The horizontal chrome bar between the lamps has the Opel emblem prominently placed and is broad and distinctive. It gives the vehicle a sporty but refined look. The fog lights have been fitted into the bumper at the rear, enabling the rear lights to look more slender.

Cinematic feel with panoramic windscreen and sun roof

The interior of the car has a cinematic feel and is flooded with light because of the generous panorama windscreen. What started out as an optional extra in the 2006 Astra GTC, has now also been made available on request for the new Opel Zafira Tourer. Driver and passengers can with the optional extra enjoy the airy feel of the cabin and the generous views to the outside, thanks to the layout of the glass that stretches all the way to the back of the front row. In addition, there is a sunroof that stretches all the way to the rear of the vehicle. This boosts the airy lounge atmosphere throughout the interior.

Stylish elegance enhances feel good factor

High quality fabrics on the inside help to create a lounge feel. The new Flex7 plus seating system is further improved with the innovative FlexRail center console. A leather gear shift and steering wheel help to create an atmosphere of stylish elegance and sportiness. These features are all standard in the Edition (EU: Enjoy), Sport and Innovations (EU: Cosmo) variants. These models are also equipped with black instrument panels with highly polished chrome rings. In the Sport and Innovation (EU: Cosmo) models there is additional translucent backlighting. Furthermore, the Innovation variant comes complete with the central FlexRail console. All variants contain a subtle red ambient lighting, giving the cabin interior a comforting glow when it is dark. Great ergonomic positioning of center stack controls make this a well-organized and relaxing place to spend time.

Thirty storage spaces

After detailed customer surveys and marketing analysis, the Opel design team went about making big advances in terms of storage space. The cabin of the new Zafira Tourer remains very tidy and well organized because of a better distribution of seating space and thirty new storage places.

A very high degree of functionality, flexibility and pleasant atmosphere combined with top quality fittings all contribute to the unique feeling inside the cabin.

The roominess is further boosted with its generous loading capacity of the Zafira Tourer

The five-seater configuration provides 710 liters of storage space - 65 liters more than its predecessor. The maximum storage capacity is 1.860 liters (40 liters added) and can be achieved by folding the three single seats in the second row.

You can find further details on flexibility solutions in the chapter on "Flexibility", including the Flex7Plus seating system, the added storage space and the panorama windscreen.

Sets New Flexibility Standards

Innovative, flexible, high-quality and ergonomic: With the further developed Flex7 seating system as well as a host of other Opel-typical Flex features, the Opel Zafira Tourer defines new standards in interior versatility and atmosphere.

Already back in 1999, Opel established the seven-seat compact monocab segment with the first generation of the Zafira. With what is now the third generation, Opel is set to continue the success story. The principle is the same today as it was then: maximum on-board flexibility without seat removal. Offering a perfect blend of functionality and wellness, the new Opel Zafira Tourer brings Insignia values to a compact monocab - premium qualities, innovative technologies and sculptural, dynamic design.

Together with the Meriva, the European number one in small monocabs, the Zafira Tourer makes Opel the benchmark in terms of flexibility. While the second-generation Meriva introduced in 2010 offers unrivalled flexibility in a smaller format particularly for young families, the new Zafira Tourer combines even higher versatility with additional premium qualities in interior comfort and atmosphere. This makes it the ideal choice for families with older children or for business people - such as photographers or architects - who also have to transport bulky objects for their work. All this is easier than ever with the new Opel Zafira Tourer.

Versatility: Individual seats in rear for maximum flexibility and comfort

Just like in the first two Zafira generations, maximum flexibility with numerous interior configurations without seat removal is the Zafira Tourer's underlying principle; it also impresses with its airy, light and high-quality interior. In addition, Opel engineers have substantially upgraded the clever Flex7 seating concept.

While both third row seats can still be folded down flush with the floor of the luggage compartment like in the predecessor generations, Opel engineers have completely re-designed the second row. No longer a bench, it now consists of three individual seats that can slide longitudinally by 210 mm (100 mm forwards, 110 mm backwards) independently of each other and can be folded flat, thus creating an even load floor. In addition, the backs of the three seats can be reclined in four different positions (0, 16, 20 and 24 degrees).

All Opel Flex features have to meet Opel's key requirement of optimum handling: Thanks to the easy-to-reach loop handles that are colored for better differentiation (red to fold down and black to pull upright), the seat backs can be completely folded down in one simple movement for a maximum of versatility without having to remove seats or headrests.

Lounge seating system: Second-row passengers enjoy first-class feeling

The highlight of the new Opel Zafira Tourer is the Lounge Seating system that provides second-row passengers generous seating space like in an upper-class sedan. This new interior configuration is standard for the top equipment variant Cosmo and optional for the Enjoy.

At the push of a button, the three seats in the second row transform into two exceptionally comfortable seats with lots of extra legroom and shoulder space: the outer seats slide up to 280 mm backwards - best-in-class value, and 70 mm more than in the standard version - and then slide 50 mm towards the center of the cabin, a true novelty in the segment.

Then a clever and easy-to-operate folding/rotating mechanism transforms the back of the middle seat into comfortable armrests for the passengers in the outer seats. Opel has filed for a patent for this system, which is unique in the industry.

In this two-seat configuration in the rear, the Zafira Tourer offers first-class comfort and gives the special feeling of travelling in a "lounge on wheels". Second-row passengers enjoy maximum space and comfort as well as a highly ergonomic seating experience.

This emphasis on personal wellness makes the Zafira Tourer much more than just a family vehicle. Opel designers turned the flexible interior into a place to relax and enjoy the spacious atmosphere - be it on a business trip or a journey with family or friends.

Innovative front seats: Top comfort and ergonomics

The front cockpit is clearly arranged and offers driver and passenger highest comfort. The completely re-designed front with slim A-pillars, large side windows and side rear-view mirrors mounted on the doors greatly improve the driver's visibility.

The Opel Zafira Tourer also comes standard with innovative, large and anatomically designed front seats, which can be configured in a number of ways and are equipped with active head restraints. The front seats developed by Opel engineers offer comfort unique in the segment and a best-in-class adjustment range. Both seats can slide back 180 mm, and the height of the driver's seat can also be adjusted up to 65 mm higher. Also a special form of flexibility: Both driver and front passenger seats provide occupants of every body type, shape and size the optimum position - especially very tall drivers, who often complain about limited space in vehicles in the compact segment.

The ergonomic seats are optionally available for driver and front seat passenger, so both can benefit from the tilt-adjustable seat cushion, adjustable lumbar support, and extendable seat cushion. The seats feature the coveted seal of approval from Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V (Action for Healthy Backs), an independent association of doctors and back experts. Requisite for granting the AGR certificate is that the contours of the seat back exactly adapt to the natural curvature of the spine - a seat characteristic that makes a positive difference on both long and short journeys.

A front passenger seat variant that can be folded down to transport longer objects is available as an option. The stable, foldable and space-saving luggage compartment cover FlexCover that can be stored in the rear builds an even load floor and protects the backs of the seats from dirt. The two outer second-row seats have ISOFIX mountings and top tether eyelets for child safety seats.

FlexRail: Innovative storage system for center console

The flexible center console FlexRail (standard in Cosmo variant and optional with Enjoy) was further enhanced compared to the system available in the Meriva. It is constructed as a modular storage system on three levels:

  • Two rails made from high-quality polished aluminum run between the front seats. The FlexRail modules slide back and forth on them.
  • The upper rail carries a generous armrest that opens to offer two storage compartments, for example for CDs.
  • Underneath is another compartment with two cup holders.
  • On the lowest level is another, deep storage container where personal items can be stored out of sight, covered by the armrest and cupholders. Due to its proximity to the AUX and USB ports as well as the 12-volt socket, it is the perfect place to keep an MP3 player or a portable navigation device safely hidden from public view.

Especially practical is that all FlexRail elements can be removed, either separately or together, e.g. for cleaning. The new system is another example of the high levels of flexibility in the Opel Zafira Tourer - easy to reach and in exactly the right place. FlexRail comes in combination with the space-saving electric parking brake.

FlexRail and the storage pockets in the front doors are indirectly illuminated by red light beams (ambient lighting). So in addition to improving visibility in the dark, a cozy atmosphere is also created.

Perfectly positioned: Over 30 storage spaces exactly where needed

FlexRail is a perfect example of how Opel ergonomic experts use the results of market research and customer surveys to develop an interior that is highly progressive in terms of functionality. As all items normally carried on board have their own, easily accessible space, the interior remains tidy and organized.

In the new Zafira Tourer, this is ensured by a system with more than 30 storage compartments. 1.5-liter beverage bottles can be stored safely and upright in the pockets on the front doors, and those on the back doors can hold 1.0-liter bottles. In another storage space above that, there is room for a cell phone. Passengers in the third row also have practical storage spaces on the sides as well as a console with two cup holders between the seats.

There are two large glove compartments in the instrument panel on the front passenger side. Both have a lid to keep the contents from public view. The lower glove compartment also has an extra space for the car manual and holders for coins and pens. An open storage space between the two glove boxes has a rubber lining to prevent items placed there from sliding around.

The center console in the cockpit features further practical storage areas: a compartment with lid in front of the central display and an open, deep space directly under the 12-volt socket, USB and AUX ports that are beneath the infotainment/climate controls.

On the driver's side there is a compact, pull-out storage box that is ideal for small items such as sunglasses, wallets and cell phones. In addition, storage boxes under the driver and front passenger seats are available as an option.

Roomy luggage compartment: Up to 1,860 liters volume, clever FlexOrganizer Pack

In the five-seat configuration, the Opel Zafira Tourer provides 710 liter of luggage compartment volume, 65 liters more than the current Zafira. The maximum load volume of 1,860 liters (plus 40 liters) is available when the three seats in the second row are folded down.

A tidy load area is a snap with Opel's FlexOrganizer Pack, which consists of a luggage net with two rods, another smaller luggage net, four adapters and rails mounted on the sides of the trunk. The system comprising transport and storage elements enables customers to partition the load area as they wish for specific purposes. Four lashing eyes make securing goods safe and easy. The luggage compartment cover fits perfectly into a recess behind the third row, where it can be stored when not in use.

New generation of FlexFix bicycle carrier system: Now up to four bikes

It generally requires great effort to expand the transport capabilities of a car. Not so with the Zafira Tourer. The second generation of Opel's exclusive, fully-integrated FlexFix bicycle carrier system that premieres in the new Zafira Tourer is now even easier to use and offers further functionality.

Familiar from the previous FlexFix carrier system, the second generation is also ready to use in seconds and disappears almost invisibly into the rear bumper when not in use. As with all Opel Flex features, easy handling without special tools was the priority.

The new FlexFix system - that now also appears for the first time in the Astra Sports Tourer - is, just like the predecessor version, designed for the transport of two bicycles. These two bicycles now can weigh up to 30 kg each (20 kg before). A further novelty is an adaptor available as an accessory that now enables the transport of two additional bicycles weighing up to 20 kg each.

FlexFix is designed to carry a total weight of 100 kg, so that the more and more popular e-bikes can also be transported. Thanks to the FlexFix bicycle carrier system's low height, bikes can be mounted on its rails easily and without much effort. The new carrier bracket has rubber inserts on its fixing clips for stable mounting of each bicycle frame. The bikes can now also locked to the carrier.

Another novelty: It is now also possible to tilt the loaded bicycle carrier - which is now lockable - to such an angle that the tailgate can be opened, making the Opel Zafira Tourer luggage compartment accessible from outside.

Panorama windscreen and sunroof: Flexible, natural big screen for all occupants

Another highlight of the new Zafira Tourer is the softly domed panorama windscreen, which floods the interior with light. This Opel-patented, innovative option made its premiere in a series-production Astra GTC in 2006 and is now also available for Opel´s new monocab.

The panorama sunroof paired with this, flows directly out of the long, sweeping windscreen and extends all the way to the back of the vehicle, intensifying the effect and offering especially rear seat passengers a pleasant, airy atmosphere.

The panorama windscreen that stretches seamlessly from the back of the hood to far over the front passengers' heads has special glazing that offers a totally new sense of space, visibility and driving experience on both sunny and overcast days. In contrast to conventional windshields/glass roofs, there is no cross-member to spoil the view, so "pilot" and "co-pilot" as well as "passengers" in the rear can enjoy an unobstructed view like out of the cockpit of a jet plane. An easy-to-operate shading system transforms the natural big screen into a normal cockpit, thus enabling flexible perspective changes according to passengers' whim.

Both the panorama windscreen and panorama sunroof are fitted with a special heat-absorbing foil. A power shade system under the panorama sunroof blocks strong sun rays and keeps the interior pleasant and comfortable. The dark tinted Solar Protect heat-absorbing glazing on the rear side windows also prevents the interior from getting too warm.

Ideal mix of comfort and dynamic vehicle handling

The Zafira Tourer, the master of flexibility in the Opel product range, boasts a chassis that offers drivers and passengers a high degree of agility and safety. ABS and ESP are standard features across all models. The front-axle assembly comes complete with an isolated auxiliary frame and McPherson suspension struts which takes its cue from the Insignia. The rear-axle assembly with its Watt's link has been taken from the Astra model and especially adapted to the needs of the Zafira Tourer. The end result for the Opel Zafira Tourer and the wider monocab segment is a unique and relaxing driving experience, giving it the feel of a "lounge on wheels".

In addition, the new Zafira Tourer has been fitted with a significantly longer wheelbase and a wider wheel track. This enhances both the driving experience and the stability of the vehicle. The wheel base has been increased by 57 millimeters and now totals 2.760 mm. The wheel track has gained 96 mm at the front and now stands at 1.584 mm. Meanwhile, at the rear it has grown by an extra 78 mm and now stands at 1.588 mm.

Front axle boosts handling and comfort

The front-axle which stems from the Insignia was especially adapted for the Opel Zafira Tourer.

The upper sides of the McPherson struts are double-acting bearings so that the forces acting upon the springs and shock absorbers are thus separated. The unsprung masses are reduced and the weight distribution is improved with steering swivels, A-frame and comfort sleeve being aluminum. The frontal stabilizer is made from hollow profile steel.

The transverse link which is shaped like an L is connected to the front auxiliary frame with the help of two sleeves. This ensures maximum stability. The suspension geometry and the sleeves are fitted together in such a way that they are stiff in the horizontal position but elastic in the vertical direction. This juxtaposition provides more stability and better handling and overall comfort. In addition, hydraulic shock absorbers which sit behind the sleeve of the transverse link provide a high level of comfort. Vibrations from the chassis are blocked out in this manner.

Light, compact and efficient: rear axle with Watt's link

The Zafira Tourer has been given a specially adapted combination of the twist-beam rear axle and the Watt's link for the rear axle. Such a mix has already been proven in the Astra model. The precision of steering and the vehicle's stability in bends are significantly improved from the unique combination of lateral rigidity and camber stiffness. The level of comfort and rate of shock absorption are also improved by the reduction of friction inside the suspension as well as greater elasticity in the forward direction.

The Watt's link sits immediately behind the central axle on the floor of the vehicle and consists of a movable compensation steering unit and a ball-and-socket joint that is attached to the cross struts with the wheels. The Watt's link absorbs the cornering forces that arise in bends and redistributes them onto the small axle unit on the floor of the vehicle. This system stops any sideways movements of the axle. The compensation steering absorbs and transfers around 80 percent of the horizontal forces which bear down on the rear wheels.

A further advantage is that the bearings of the main axle are subjected to less force. This means that the liners of the bearings are made softer. In turn, disruptive external factors, for example from the surface of the road, are blocked out. This leads to less noise in the vehicle interior.

Another bonus of the new rear axle system in the Zafira Tourer is the FlexFix bicycle carrier. The FlexFix allows the Zafira Tourer to transport up to four bikes at a time and a load of up to 100 kilograms.

FlexRide chassis improves safety and handling

The mechatronic and electric bumper system which are part of the FlexRide chassis are a further feature to ensure crisp and precise vehicle handling. The chassis automatically adapts to road conditions, speed, motion and the individual driving style of the person behind the wheel. A high degree of stability plus a responsive steering unit, deliver more balance and safety in potential emergency situations.

Cenors fitted to the body of the vehicle feed information to the Driving Mode Control (DMC) unit which in turn adjusts the chassis according to the current conditions. FlexRide possesses three different modes: the default setting for daily use, the "Tour" setting to ensure extra comfort and the "Sport" mode for more dynamic driving.

The standard mode is a good all-rounder. The "Sport" setting on the other hand delivers a crisper sensation. The engine, the chassis and the steering are all more responsive. The same can be said of the automatic transmission and the AFL-Plus lighting system. The "Tour" mode meanwhile is designed to deliver a smooth, almost glide-like sensation on the road.

Electronic power steering boosts efficiency

The newly developed Rack Assist Electric Power Steering (REPS) delivers a more dynamic driving sensation. At lower speeds the power steering has an easy touch and at higher speeds ensures close contact with the road by reducing the degree of power steering.

A substantial advantage of the REPS system lies in its potential to cut fuel consumption and thus to reduce CO2 emissions. The electronic power steering only kicks in when it is needed so that there is no need for a hydraulic pump.

InnovativeTechnologies For Maximized Comfort and Safety

With its upgraded chassis featuring a longer wheelbase and wider tracks, the new Opel Zafira Tourer provides outstanding comfort and safety reserves. These can be further enhanced by the fully adaptive mechatronic FlexRide chassis control and an array of class-leading driver assistance systems based on several kinds of sensoring technologies - such as cameras, radar and ultrasonic sensors. A special highlight is the Zafira Tourer´s radar based Adaptive Cruise Control - a premiere in the compact monocab segment.

The first and foremost technological enabler of Opel Zafira Tourer's premium comfort and safety is the more powerful, second generation of the "Opel Eye" front camera system. As the result of two years of further development, it is now much more compact - with a volume reduction of 35 per cent that benefits the driver's visibility - and provides with an improved image processing thanks to its widened lens' view and a more powerful multitasking high-performance computer. This benefits to the accuracy of the Lane Departure Warning (LDW), increases the capabilities of the Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) and now allows to enhance the functionalities of the Opel Adaptive Light System (AFL+) with a new Intelligent Light Ranging (ILR) capability.

A radar sensor can be combined to the front camera system. This innovation in the Zafira Tourer is also a premiere in the compact monocab segment. The highlight - unique in the compact monocab segment - is the radar based Adaptive Cruise Control that maintains the selected speed during cruising, yet automatically adjusts the vehicle speed according to traffic conditions to secure a pre-set safety distance with vehicles ahead.

Further functionalities - all new in the Opel portfolio - are available in conjunction with the Adaptive Cruise Control: The Following Distance Indication (FDI) that visually informs the driver about the distance to the car ahead; the Forward Collision Alert (FCA) that provides a visual and an audible signal to warn the driver of an imminent collision with the car ahead; and the Collision Imminent Braking (CIB) that automatically decelerates the vehicle if the risk of a collision is detected. In cars without radar, FDI and FCA functionalities are also available with the front camera only.

In addition to the radar sensor located in its front end, the new Opel Zafira Tourer is also equipped with multiple ultrasonic sensors allowing to maximize safety and comfort with further new, innovative technology features such as the Side Blind Spot Alert (SBSA) that warns the driver of a potential imminent collision when changing lanes, and the Advanced Park Assist (APA) that automatically detects suitable parking slots and guides the driver in parking maneuvers.

Last but not least, a new rear-view camera system further facilitates parking maneuvers.

Engines and Transmission

Ready for its sales debut in the fall, the new Zafira Tourer is being offered as an optimized 2.0 CDTI Common-Rail Turbodiesel in three performance categories: 81kW/110hp, 96kW/130hp and finally as 121kW/165hp at the top of the range. The Opel Zafira Tourer, the new Master of Versatility, is furthermore available with two highly-efficient 1.4 liter gasoline turbo engines, of between 88kW/120hp and 103kW/140hp. They are in line with Opel's engine downsizing strategy. The portfolio is rounded off with the 1.8 liter basic gasoline engine of 85kW/115hp.

Shortly after the sales premiere, Opel will also offer an ecoFLEX version with especially low CO2 emissions. Equipped with the Start/Stop system and further ecoFLEX technologies, the new Opel Zafira Tourer 2.0 CDTI 130hp version emits just 119 g/km CO2, with a fuel consumption of 4.5 liters over 100 kilometers. This makes it one of the lowest-emission and most efficient compact monocabs engines ever.

At the start of 2012, the Zafira Tourer Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) 1.6 liter Turbo ecoFLEX will be released with a performance of 110kW/150hp. During the fall of next year, a Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) engine of 103kW/140hp will be added and then other powerful engines will be released later on in 2012.

Diesel engines balance power with efficiency

Just like its other siblings in the ecoFLEX portfolio, the new third generation Zafira Tourer ecoFLEX engines lay to rest the old prejudices that low emissions figures mean low performance. The 2.0 CDTI, 81kW/110hp engine only consume 5.2 liters of diesel per 100 km (137g/km CO2,). It generates speeds of up to 183 km/h and delivers 0-100 km/h in just 12.5 seconds. The 96kW/130hp version with the same efficiency figures (fuel consumption and CO2) reaches a top speed of 191 km/h. It can achieve 0-100 km/h in 11.4 seconds. The top of the range diesel engine, the 121kW/165hp version fitted with the Start/Stop system as standard, boasts a top speed of 208km/h, while it can deliver 0-100 km/h in just 9.8 seconds. These figures demonstrate the engine's power and agility. The emission and consumption figures remain the same as above, with 5.2 liters of diesel and 137 g/km CO2.

The new Zafira Tourer diesel engines are impressive for their elasticity. The 96kW/130hp unit can deliver 300 Nm of torque at between 1,750 - 2,500 rpm. However, the 121/165hp engine can perform an extra 50 Nm. When it operates in the automatic Overboost mode, it can even reach 380 Nm. Meanwhile, the 81kW/110hp version reaches 260 Nm.

The highly efficient diesel engines and optimised six-gear transmissions have also helped to deliver efficiency and powerful performance at the same time. The 1.4 liter turbo gasoline engine with its 103kW/140hp and the 2.0 CDTI engine with 121kW/165hp are also available with an automatic six-gear transmission complete with Active Select-Function.

Multi-layered efficiency package

Thanks to the engine optimisation by Opel's engineers, the 2.0 CDTI Common-Rail Turbo Diesel run with the highest efficiency in any condition. The new multiple injection system delivering up to 1,600 bar of pressure, improves the combustion process and reduces fuel consumption. To reduce friction in the engine, the bearings of the two camshafts have been improved and cylinder pressure sensors in the glow plugs (Cleantech Combustion Technology) enable very accurate combustion control.

A bypass drilling into the oil cooler helps to reduce the loss of pressure during the warm-up phase of the engine. This in turn helps to accelerate the warm up period. Additionally, a optimized platinum surfacing of the main and secondary catalyst, plus a tight fit of the components help to speed up the warming up process. The positioning of the emission control system near the engine also helps to reach the operating temperature quicker. At the same time low voltage spark plugs assist the electric generator during a cold start.

In the 121kW/165hp version engine, a new turbo charger equipped with a variable turbine geometry, regulates the charging pressure with the help of setting element censors. In the 2.0 CDTI (96kW/130hp) version a variable displacement oil pump delivers only the necessary oil pressure.

While efficiency is increased, there is a reduction of vibrations and noise. This is mainly due to a new injection strategy. Especially in the partial load category, for example in heavy traffic, the 2.0 CDTI engine operates in a smoother fashion. An improved kinematic between the piston and the connection rod reduce the mechanical and combustion noises of the 2.0 CDTI engine unit.

Gasoline efficiency: the 1.4 liter Turbo ecoFLEX engine

The new 1.4 turbo ecoFLEX gasoline engine plays a key role in the Opel Zafira Tourer. The state-of-the-art unit delivers 88kW/120hp or 103 kW/140 hp. Using Start/Stop technology, it only consumes 6.3 liters per 100 kilometers and emits 148g/km CO2 Just like its diesel siblings, this charged four-cylinder engine boasts a brand new electronic combustion control. A pair of twin overhead camshafts that have variable openings are the driving force behind the four valves per cylinder. The variable opening and closing moments increase the torque at lower to medium rotation speeds. Another important fuel saving measure is the map controlled thermostat which optimizes the heat management of the engine unit.

The reworked transmission has been given a wider gear ratio. This has reduced fuel consumption but has increased agility. When in the over boost mode, the 1.4 turbo engine gained an extra 20 Nm (220 Nm in total), making it more powerful than its Insignia counterpart. This means the 140hp Zafira Tourer with Start/Stop system is able to cover 0-100 km/h in 10.7 seconds. It reaches a top speed of 202 km/h.

CNG and LPG: Attractive alternatives

Opel wants to offer its customers alternatives to conventional fuel sources. CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) and LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) variants are available and are cost-efficient, environmentally-sound alternatives. Only 129g/km CO2 emissions are attributed to the 1.6 CNG turbo ecoFLEX engine with 110kW/150hp, which is being brought to market at the start of next year. The 103kW/140hp LPG-variant will follow in the fall of 2012.

All CNG and LPG models by Opel fulfill the Euro-5 norm. They work in conjunction with natural gas and gasoline so that their operative radius is greater than a purely gas operated engine.

The 1.6 liter four cylinder CNG turbo ecoFLEX contains special piston, valves and valve seat rings as well as a separate injection systems for natural gas and gasoline. The engine management was optimized for the CNG version. The inlet, discharge valves and valve seats have all been hardened for the LPG models to fully maximize the performance of the engine. Additional additives which normally compensate for the lacking fluidity of the alternative power source are redundant.

Opel's generous after-sales servicing program is available to CNG and LPG customers. The Opel subsidiary, the Opel Special Vehicle GmbH (OSV), is responsible for the new CNG and LPG variants of the Opel Zafira Tourer. Customers can therefore be confident that they are buying into state-of-the art technology

Master of Versatility: Zafira Tourer ecoFLEX only with 119g/km CO2

Opel will also offer an especially low CO2 ecoFLEX version of the seven-seat monocab. Equipped with Start/Stop as a standard feature and a comprehensive package of ecoFLEX technologies, the new Opel Zafira Tourer 2.0 CDTI ecoFLEX consumes only 4.5 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers, while emitting just 119 g/km CO2. The figures are some best in the compact monocab segment. These results are achieved at an engine performance of 96 kW/130hp engine at a maximum torque of 300 Nm.

Like its other ecoFLEX siblings, the 96kW/130hp version of the 2.0 CDTI shows that low emissions and consumption states do not impact negatively on the engine performance. The top speed is 193 km/h, while the vehicle can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 11.4 seconds.

Comprehensive package to cut consumption and emissions

On top of the improvements to the 2.0 CDTI engine and the longer spacing in the transmission, the new Opel Zafira Tourer 2.0 CDTI has also had a whole range of improvements done to its body in order to cut consumption. For improved aerodynamics, the body is 10 mm lower and an active aero shutter is integrated in the radiator grille. While it remains open to maintain optimal temperature at low speeds and when the engine is running under high thermal load such as on inclines and when in towing mode, the aero shutter automatically closes at higher speeds and directs driving wind around the car. This results in improved aerodynamics, lower fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions. The Zafira Tourer 2.0 CDTI ecoFLEX has 225/50 R17 low-rolling-resistance tires. The shift indicator - an illuminated gauge located between the speedometer and revolution counter - signals the driver the ideal moment to shift up and helps to adapt to a fuel-saving driving style.

Intelligent: Energy recuperation in engine overrun mode

To ensure optimum electrical energy management, Opel has introduced a braking energy recuperation system which recovers kinetic energy via the generator in engine overrun mode, converting this to electrical energy and feeding it into the battery. This happens automatically when the driver takes his/her foot off the accelerator pedal or presses the brake pedal. When the battery is sufficiently charged, the generator output is greatly reduced and the electrical energy consumers are powered in a fuel-saving manner by the buffered electrical energy. This relieves the engine from having to drive the generator when accelerating and thus reduces consumption and emissions. In addition - like in all the Zafira Tourer models - a clutch only activates the air conditioning compressor when it is actually needed.

Effective Start/Stop system reduces idle engine time

The Opel Start/Stop technology which will be offered by early 2012 in more than thirty vehicle-engine combinations, is highly efficient and helps to mitigate environmental impact. As soon as the driver goes into neutral, the Start/Stop system is activated and the engine unit cuts out automatically. The revolution counter needle then assumes the Autostop position. When the driver wants the engine to start up again, he/she just goes into first gear and departs. A powerful battery ensures that there is no delay in the engine starting up again.

For safety reasons and to ensure the comfort of passengers, the temperature and pressure functions of the brake power assist unit remain active during the Auto-Stop phase of the Start/Stop system. When necessary, for example during slow city traffic, the driver can manually de-activate the system, using the "eco" switch.