04 Oct 2011
Rüsselsheim. 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 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 Zafira Tourer.
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.
The highlight of the new 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.
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 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.
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:
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.
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.
In the five-seat configuration, the 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.
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 Zafira Tourer luggage compartment accessible from outside.
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.
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