Wraps come off the new Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

Facelifted Vauxhall Zafira Tourer MPV to get Astra-inspired look and tech upgrades

The new Vauxhall Zafira Tourer has been unveiled, with revised looks and a host of new technology options.

At the front, the MPV gets new headlamps with Vauxhall’s ‘double wing’ daytime running lights. There’s an updated grille, plus more muscular wheelarches. It looks wider, squatter and more like the new Astra than before. At the rear, it’s business as usual.

Vauxhall vice president of European design Mark Adams said: “The front of the new Zafira Tourer takes the characteristics of the award-winning Astra, and anchors it in Vauxhall’s new portfolio. “This is also reflected in the interior by a redesigned instrument panel and dash. It’s purer, clearer and easier to use.”

That’s where the biggest changes occur. There’s a new dash with a neat integrated screen replacing the old top-mounted system. It loses the plethora of buttons, too, cleaning up the facia to make it easier to use on the move. The Tourer gets Vauxhall’s latest IntelliLink infotainment with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and OnStar – the brand’s innovative concierge system that can download destinations to the sat-nav, and even call the emergency services after an accident. There’s a 4G WiFi hotspot, too.

A front camera system helps with safety, allowing for forward collision alert, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. Vauxhall will be hoping for a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating.

The facelifted Zafira Tourer retains the outgoing car’s Flex7 seating, plus practical solutions like the Flex-Fix bicycle carrier and FlexRide adaptive damping. As before, the boot has 710-litre capacity with the third row of seats folded flat. That can expand to 1,860 litres with the second row folded, too – trumping the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, which has 537 and 1,851 litres respectively.

Engine options haven’t been disclosed, but the Zafira is likely to inherit the Astra’s turbo petrol and diesel range. Big sellers are set to be the 1.6 diesel and 1.4 turbo petrol. It may even get the new three-cylinder 1.0 turbo – probably tuned to suit this larger car.

Prices will be revealed closer to October’s launch. The current Zafira Tourer costs from £17,815; expect the new car to start nearer to £19,000 given the tweaks and extra kit.

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