We’re not super keen on MPV’s but appreciate what they’re built to do – to ferry lots of people around in comfort – but there haven’t been that many memorable models. In fact, the segment has been full of awful lookers, such as the Multipla. However, trends seems to be changing. It was only recently that we were gushing (ok not quite, critically appreciating…) the new Grand Scenic. The second-generation seven-seater by Renault had been blinged-up what with 20in wheels to go with its new crossover styling. It made us sit up and take notice – and doing likewise is the new Zafira Tourer.
You might have already seen images leaked online of the new Opel ahead of its debut at the Paris motor show, but now, official images have been released of the MPV and it looks pretty decent. The front end takes cues from the new Astra while the sharp, double-winged adaptive led headlights (they adjust to road conditions) look far better than the old boomerang lights and give the model a bit of attitude. It also gets a new chrome trim that extends from each front headlight and meets under the griffin badge on the revised front grille. It has a wider profile than before and the wheels reside in more muscular looking wheel arches and overall, the newbie looks tougher than before. It has a dominating stance however the back of the Opel is mostly a carryover of the predecessor albeit for a new bumper.
As for the cabin, it’s been spruced up and looks cleaner and roomier. There are less buttons than before on the new dash and that’s mostly thanks to the new 7.0in touchscreen which controls the lot from the radio to the AC and which features the latest IntelliLink infotainment with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and OnStar – the innovative concierge system. It can download destinations to the sat-nav, call the emergency services and even has a 4G WiFi hotspot. The new Zafira Tourer also has a front camera system, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. However, it’s the small MPV’s storage capability that really impresses. The innovative Flex-7 seating system and clever Flex-Fix bicycle carrier remain and it can carry a minimum load volume of 710 liters which can be increased to a whopping 1,860 if you fold over the second- and third row seats.
No news on what it’ll pack under the bonnet but the Astra’s turbo petrol (and diesel) range could well be offered.