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In the European markets from this month
Zafira II: more spacious, practical and advanced

AutoPressNews, PR,
30th July 2005.

 

New Opel Zafira, gen. II

Zafira II: some 1.4 million units sold of its 1st generation brother.

With the new Zafira, Opel presents the second generation of its compact van trendsetter. It features dynamic design and driving performance as well as a high-quality interior with a driver-oriented cockpit. The patented Flex7 seating system continues to set standards and enables the Zafira to be easily turned from a seven-seat people carrier into a two-seater with up to 1820 liters cargo volume in a matter of seconds, without having to remove or cumbersomely stow away the seats. Further highlights of the new Zafira include a wide range of state-of-the-art engines, as well as an exceptional technology package. Making its debut is an innovative panorama roof system with integrated storage compartments, which creates a pleasant, light atmosphere for the passengers. Production of the new Zafira started in April in Bochum, Germany. Sales begin in July 2005.

 

Opel Zafira generation II with panoramic roof

A clever approach to both visibility and packaging.

Familiar from the Opel Astra and now redeveloped for the Zafira, the IDSPlus chassis (Interactive Driving System) with electronic CDC (Continuous Damping Control) ensures exciting driving. Other technical highlights offered for the first time in the compact van segment include steering-linked AFL bi-xenon headlamps (Adaptive Forward Lighting) with dynamic curve light. The exceptionally wide range of engines available for the new Zafira includes state-of-the-art units with displacements of 1.6 to 2.2 liters and power outputs from 74 kW/100 hp to 147 kW/200 hp. No competitor offers such a wide variety of powertrains. In fall, the range will be expanded by the high-performance Zafira OPC with 176 kW/240 hp.

All diesel engines have latest-generation common-rail multiple direct injection and are available as standard with a maintenance-free Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) in the Zafira. As a particularly economical and environmentally compatible alternative to the gasoline and diesel engines, there will be a natural gas variant (CNG Compressed Natural Gas) of the new Zafira in the future.

Opel Zafira gen. II

Nimble body for a convivial cabin.

1.4 million first-generation Zafira - In 1999, the Opel Zafira was the first compact van from a German manufacturer and the first van with a third row of seats that can be completely folded down and stowed away. It was this patented, easy-to-operate Flex7 seating system that was decisive for the success of the multiple award-winning bestseller. In Germany the Zafira immediately went to number one in its class when it was launched, and stayed there for four years in a row. It was also market leader in compact vans in Belgium, United Kingdom, Austria and Switzerland for a number of years. To date, a total of around 1.4 million units of the original Zafira have been produced and sold.

Second generation Opel Zafira

Rising body shoulder and aerodynamic sloping roofline to the rear.

Design - The new Zafira’s look is confident, dynamic and unmistakeably related to the Astra, whose form language has been reinterpreted in compact van format. Its sportiness and elegance are magnified by the distinct V-shape tapering of the front and rear with the characteristic Opel crease line, the strong, rising body shoulder and the aerodynamic roofline gently sloping downward to the rear. The new Zafira’s elegant and dynamic
looks are accentuated by eye-catching details such as large air inlets in the front bumper, visibly hi-tech, three-dimensional headlamps and taillights, as well as the trapezoidal-shaped, chrome-framed radiator grille with the Opel logo and characteristic chrome crossbar.

Opel Zafira generation 2

7, 6, 4, 5, 3 or 2-seater, without having to remove or stow away the seats.

The spacious interior features high-quality materials, high-class finish and perfect ergonomics. The driver-oriented cockpit is an excellent example: all controls are positioned in optimal reach for the driver. The gear shift lever, for instance, is positioned higher for easy, comfortable operation. This provided space for a newly-designed, U-shaped hand brake lever integrated in the center console, and an additional storage compartment.

The new instrument panel boasts chrome-ringed instruments (Edition upwards) and a clearly laid-out center console with a large, easy to read monitor. This displays all information for the state-of-the-art infotainment systems with intuitive operating concept, including units with DVD navigation and Bluetooth technology.

Roomy and Flexible - In terms of comfort and space, the new Zafira is a step ahead of the first generation model. Thanks to its long wheelbase (2703 mm) and clever packaging, up to seven passengers have even more room in all three rows. The Flex7 seating system, now even easier to operate, ensures maximum versatility for all everyday transportation needs. In a matter of seconds, the Zafira can easily be turned from a seven to a six, five, four, three or two-seater, without having to remove or cumbersomely stow away the seats. The front passenger seat can also be ordered with a foldable seat back, fold-down table on the seat back, and a large storage compartment under the seat cushion to store items like an atlas. Depending on the equipment line, the new Zafira offers around 30 practical storage compartments and pockets for items of all sizes, making the spacious van an ideal family car. Another plus is the generous load capacity: the new Zafira has a maximum capacity of 1820 liters, 120 liters more than its predecessor, and in its five-seat configuration, generous cargo space of 645 liters - an increase of 45 liters - is available. 

Cargo FlexOrganizer - The FlexOrganizer system from the new Astra station wagon is also available for the Zafira. This clever cargo management system is comprised of two horizontal side rails each on the left and right of the luggage compartment, which have adjustable mounting points to allow flexible attachment of various retaining straps, hooks, dividers and storage boxes. In this way, every type of cargo can be safely, comfortably and neatly transported.

Opel Zafira II optional panoramic roof

The new Opel Zafira: a fresh look in new directions.

Panoramic roof with storage - The optional panorama roof (standard in the Cosmo) with integrated storage facilities makes its world premiere in the new Opel Zafira. With its four large glass panels, the system offers passengers a particularly pleasant, light atmosphere. Dark tinted glass and a power-operated shading system provide protection against strong sunlight.

And the center roof console running down the length of the ceiling houses five different-sized compartments for additional storage space.

Safety - The Zafira´s SAFETEC system ensures a high level of safety, combining all standard active and passive safety elements. These include, for example, ABS with electronic brake force distribution and cornering brake control, brake assist, the electronic stability program ESPPlus as well as a comprehensive restraint system. This includes airbags in front, thorax/pelvis side airbags for driver and front seat passenger, as well as head curtain airbags for the front and both outer seats in the second row. The latter also come ex-works with mountings for the ISOFIX child’s seat system. Additional passive safety equipment includes active head restraints in front and decoupling pedals (PRS Pedal Release System). Seat occupancy detection for the front passenger seat and TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) are available as options.

Panoramic roof with storage.

Pedestrian protection - The second-generation Zafira is leading the way in pedestrian protection: the new Zafira is the first Opel model to comply with EU guidelines on pedestrian safety for new models to be introduced from October 1, 2005, making it one of the first cars to meet these requirements. Thanks to the vehicle front’s sophisticated design with yielding structures around the bumper, headlamps, hood and fenders, the risk of injury to pedestrians in the event of a collision is reduced. 

Engines - Lively and economical performance is ensured by the new Zafira’s wide range of engines. Customers can choose between three diesel and four gasoline units from the ECOTEC family with power outputs of 100 to 200 hp. In fall, the range will be extended with the high-performance Zafira OPC with 176 kW/240 hp.

Opel Zafira generation 2: airbags

Front and thorax/pelvis side airbags for front seats and curtain airbags.

The current top-of-the-line engine is the sporty 147 kW/200 hp 2.0 turbo gasoline unit with a top speed of 225 km/h. This is followed by a 2.2-liter gasoline direct injection engine (110 kW/150 hp) and a new 1.8-liter unit (103 kW/140 hp) with variable camshaft phasing.

The entry-level gasoline engine has 1.6-liter displacement (77 kW/105 hp) and innovative fuel-saving TWINPORT technology.

Three state-of-the-art 1.9-liter common-rail turbo-diesel engines with multiple direct injection round off the powertrain program for the new Zafira. The 1.9 CDTI units are offered in three output levels – 74 kW/100 hp, 88 kW/120 hp, 110 kW/150 hp – and come standard with a maintenance-free Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF).

Opel Zafira II with mobile phone storage behind hand brake lever

Opel Zafira generation II: handbrake

Mobile phone between the front seats, behind the new hand brake lever.

Zafira OPC 240 hp -   In the second half of the year, the high-performance OPC will crown the Zafira range. The Zafira OPC is powered by a 176 kW/240 hp 2.0-liter turbo gasoline unit. The powerful engine with maximum torque of 320 Newton meters takes the top performer from zero to 100 in just 7.8 seconds, and with a top speed of 231 km/h, makes it the fastest production van in Europe. The Zafira OPC has standard IDSPlus chassis (Interactive Driving System) with electronic CDC (Continuous Damping Control) for maximum driving dynamics and 18-inch alloy rims with 225/45 R 18 tires. The OPC’s sporty appearance is underlined by distinctive features, such as the typical OPC honeycomb grille, the strongly profiled side sills, a twin exhaust system with trapezoidal tailpipes and an exclusively designed interior with Recaro sport seats.

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