Car on sale 2012; first spy pictures show it testing in the UK
25 September 2009

This is the new Vauxhall Zafira, which has been spotted undergoing development testing in the UK.

The new seven-seat Vauxhall Zafira is set for launch in 2012, and is said by Vauxhall to be more grown-up and sophisticated than its predecessors, a decision no doubt influenced by the success of its rivals.

See the high-res Vauxhall Zafira spy pictures

The shape of the next Vauxhall Zafira draws nothing from the outgoing model, but incorporates differently expressed Astra/Insignia features such as the side blade, grille and wing-shaped headlights.

The interior has plenty of influence from the forthcoming Vauxhall Astra, too, though Vauxhall’s mission is to move its MPV up a class, into Ford S-Max territory (and presumably charge more for it).

The Zafira’s three-row flexible seating system has been completely redesigned and provides independent seats for all occupants. The middle and rear seats can all fold away, leaving a perfectly flat load space.

The next Zafira range is also likely to be offered with Ecoflex-badged versions – Vauxhall’s low-CO2 sub-brand.

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K_A

25 September 2009

That is no 2012 Zafira, it's a 2010 Meriva :)

25 September 2009

That's the Zafira, there were pictures of the Meriva on here a few days ago and they clearly showed the rear suicide doors, these rear doors are normal opening ones.

25 September 2009

[quote K_A]

That is no 2012 Zafira, it's a 2010 Meriva :)

[/quote]

well spotted. Another howler by Acar.

Erlkönig Opel Meriva

25 September 2009

[quote humphrey the pug]

That's the Zafira, there were pictures of the Meriva on here a few days ago and they clearly showed the rear suicide doors, these rear doors are normal opening ones.

[/quote]

nope. 'K_A.' is right. the rear door handle on the Autocar pictured car is a dummy. Latest state of undress shows this clearly:

Erlkönig Opel Meriva

http://www.autobild.de/artikel/erlkoenig-bildergalerie-teil-92_966457.html

25 September 2009

Just to stop the discussion now, we haven't built any Zafira prototypes yet. In other words, it ain't a Zafira

25 September 2009

[quote Dave52]Just to stop the discussion now, we haven't built any Zafira prototypes yet. In other words, it ain't a Zafira[/quote]

Dave, it(the new Meriva, of course) looks a nice little car - should be a good seller. Good luck with it.

K_A

26 September 2009

Thank you :D

If this was the 2012 Zafira, it would be longer than the forthcoming Meriva

26 September 2009

Definletely looks like the Meriva. The Zafira was only recently facelifted and isn't due for replacement yet.

As a side note, anyone else think they have slightly copied the Merc B-Class with the rear of this car?

27 September 2009

[quote rogerthecabinboy]Dave, it(the new Meriva, of course) looks a nice little car - should be a good seller. Good luck with it.[/quote]

Thanks. It's to be hoped it goes well - for lots of reasons, most all too obvious to the world.

K_A

28 September 2009

The Zafira is due to be replaced by 2012. Test mules have already been caught undergoing winter-testing last year.

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