Opel Zafira: Versatile Trendsett
- New engine: Powerful 150 hp natural gas Turbo with low CO2
- New efficiency: 1.7 CDTI ecoFLEX with just 139 g/km CO2
- Unrivalled: Unique Flex7 seating system with maximum practicality
The new edition of the successful Zafira was launched in February 2008. It is based on the second Zafira generation, which was launched in summer 2005 and boasts unique technology, an intelligent space concept and distinctive design. The Zafira’s engine range was expanded by the refined 1.6 ECOTEC gasoline engine with 85 kW/115 hp and two highly economical 1.7 CDTI common-rail turbo-diesels (81 kW/110 hp and 92 kW/125 hp) in 2008. The 150 hp Turbo version of the Zafira joins the lineup in 2009. The Zafira’s “trademark” is of course on board - unrivalled in terms of its flexibility, the Flex7 seating system enables transformation of the interior in a matter of seconds, without cumbersome removal of the seats.
Technical highlights of the trendsetting car include the panorama roof system with integrated storage compartments and power operated shading system, as well as the IDSPlus chassis (Interactive Driving System) with electronic continuous damping control (CDC). Other features include steering-linked AFL bi-xenon curve light (Adaptive Forward Lighting), trailer stability assist, Hill Start Assist (HSA) and the Open & Start keyless entry system.
Design and packaging
The new Zafira is characterized by more pronounced front and rear design elements that give the compact MPV a sporty look. In front, these include the wide chrome beam with integrated Opel logo, the hood tapering and two-part radiator grille fins, which are fully chromed; headlamp housings are also in chrome-look. Other new eye-catching features include two transparent 3-D cells in the red tail lamps. The badge on the tailgate of the Zafira ecoFLEX models reflects their exceptional fuel-saving qualities.
Glossy chrome-ringed climate and radio control elements, as well as decorative trim on the instrument panel and doors, give the interior a very chic look. The infotainment systems with CD or DVD navigation system, as well as CD and MP3 functions, also have stereo inputs for external audio equipment, such as an iPod.
Thanks to its long wheelbase, wide track and clever packaging, there is room for up to seven passengers in three rows in the Zafira. The Flex7 seating system ensures maximum versatility: the compact MPV can easily be turned from a seven into a six, five, four, three or two-seater, without having to remove the seats. The Zafira has a maximum load volume of 1820 liters, and its 645-liter load capacity in its five-seat configuration is a best-in-class figure.
The Zafira’s SAFETEC system ensures maximum safety. It includes eight airbags, active head restraints, ISOFIX child seat fixtures and Opel’s Pedal Release System (PRS), which decouples the pedals in the event of a frontal impact. In the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) crash test, the Zafira achieved the maximum rating of five stars for passenger protection, and it also boasts excellent child and pedestrian protection.
Chassis and active safety
The basis for pronounced agility and precise handling with a high level of driving safety is the IDS (Interactive Driving System) chassis with McPherson front axle and patented torsion-beam rear axle. Every Zafira comes standard with the newest-generation Electronic Stability Program ESPPlus, Traction Control TCPlus, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), brake assist and electro-hydraulic power steering.
The optional IDSPlus chassis (standard in OPC model) with electronic Continuous Damping Control (CDC) is an adaptive system in which the control units and sensors of ESPPlus, ABS and CDC exchange data constantly, thus ensuring optimal road‑holding properties in all driving situations.
Engines and transmissions
There are five gasoline, two natural gas and four diesel engines available for the Zafira, with 1.6 to 2.2-liter displacements and output from 69 to 177 kW (94 to 240 hp). The new turbo version of the 1.6 CNG, the Zafira ecoFLEX Turbo with rated output of 150 hp and maximum torque of 210 Nm between 2 300 and 5 000 rpm, ensures plenty of power in all situations. The high torque not only allows a more powerful drive, it also keeps consumption low in everyday use. The seven-seater accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 11.5 seconds and has a top speed of 200 km/h. In the MVEG cycle, it consumes just 5.3 kg of natural gas per 100 km. This corresponds to a CO2 emission figure of just 144 g/km. With this, the youngest member of the Opel ecoFLEX model range achieves a new best-in-class figure in this vehicle and power category.
Both 1.7 CDTI engines (81 kW/110 hp and 92 kW/125 hp) are also in the ecoFLEX league and come with six-speed manual transmission and maintenance-free diesel particulate filter as standard. The 110 hp version emits only 139 g/km CO2. The 1.6 ecoFLEX with 85 kW/115 hp introduced in 2008 offers improved elasticity, smoothness and ten percent more output than the previous 1.6-liter engine. It also has lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions: the engine requires an average of 7.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. The wide selection of engines is complemented by a transmission range which includes five and six‑speed manual gearboxes, four and six-speed automatic transmissions, as well as the automated Easytronic five-speed manual gearbox.
Opel Zafira: Facts and figures
- March 2005: World premiere of second-generation Zafira and Zafira OPC at Geneva Motor Show
- April 2005: Start of series production in Bochum
- July 2005: Market launch in Germany
- September 2005: World premiere of second-generation CNG Zafira at the IAA
- Fall 2005: Expansion of Zafira family with high-performance OPC version
- Fall 2006: Market launch of natural-gas powered Zafira 1.6 CNG variant
- February 2008: New edition with design and technology enhancements
- Spring 2009: Market launch of Zafira ecoFLEX natural gas Turbo
- Spring 2009: Market launch of 1.7 CDTI ecoFLEX with 139 g/km CO2
- All CDTI engines with maintenance-free diesel particulate filter as standard
- First Opel model and one of the first cars overall to comply with regulations on pedestrian protection, in effect since October 2005 across the EU
- First car in compact MPV segment to feature adaptive IDSPlus chassis
- (Interactive Driving System) with electronic Continuous Damping Control (CDC) and AFL bi‑xenon curve light (Adaptive Forward Lighting)
- World premiere: glass panorama roof with integrated storage system
- May 2005: Top rating for passenger safety in Euro NCAP crash test
- November 2005: “Golden Steering Wheel 2005” award from German newspaper “Bild am Sonntag”
- January 2006: First place: “Best Value 2006” awards in specialist magazine “Auto Bild”
- May 2006: Compact MPV circuit record on the Nürburgring – 8:54.38 minutes
- Fall 2006: Natural gas version reduces fuel costs by up to 50 percent
- January 2007: Victory in “ADAC motorwelt” confirms series of comparison test successes in specialized and daily press, as well as in electronic media
- March 2007: Natural-gas variant wins alternative propulsion comparison in German “Auto Bild” magazine
- August 2007: 1.6 CNG named “Best seven-seater” in VCD Environmental Car List
- Most popular equipment variant in Germany in 2008: Edion
- Most popular engine in Germany in 2008: 1.8 COTEC