The Opel’s flagship MPV range is no longer a one-model show… GMSA has added a 2,2-litre 16-valve and an automatic version to extend the local lineup to three models.
The Opel’s flagship MPV range is no longer a one-model show… GMSA has added a 2,2-litre 16-valve and an automatic version to extend the local lineup to three models - the 1,8 16V Elegance, 2,2 16V Elegance and the 2,2 16V Elegance automatic.
The Opel Zafira was launched at the same time as the Astra Caravan (estate car/station wagon), the Astra Coupé Turbo and the (now-discontinued) Omega family saloon two years ago. Since then, the mid-sized MPV’s biggest draw card has been its 2-3-2 Flex-7 folding-seat system that allows the vehicle to be adapted to a variety of seating/load configurations.
The new models in the lineup can be differentiated from earlier versions by subtle cosmetic changes - the addition of a new chrome grille with a centre slat and revised rear light clusters. Sixteen-inch alloy rims, a full size spare wheel and roof rails finished in black are standard on all models.
But it’s the 2,2-litre four-cylinder Ecotec 16-valve engine that will dramatically transform the Zafira’s on-road character. The 2,2 GSi's Z22SE powerplant, which develops 108 kW at 5 800 r/min and 203 N.m of torque at 4 000 r/min, has been transplanted into the Zafira. The flagship version of the range is fitted with a multi-mode four-speed automatic transmission, which should in theory combine well with the torquey nature of the engine.
Air conditioning with individual controls, cruise control, electric windows front and rear, electro-hydraulic power steering, remote central locking, trip computer and a transponder key immobiliser system linked to an ultrasonic alarm, front-loading CD player/radio, map reading lights for front and rear passengers and a load compartment cover are standard.
In terms of safety, the Zafiras come equipped with ABS with EBD, airbags for the driver and front passenger, three-point seat belts (including pre-tensioners) for all seven seats. Opel's pedal release system disengages the foot pedals in the event of a severe impact to reduce the risk of injury to the driver's feet.
Included in the price of the Opel Zafira is the five-year/100 000 km “Opel Complete Motoring Plan". This plan includes all normal-servicing costs “plus the cost of replacing fair wear and tear items such as clutch, brakes, and shock absorbers,” the company said.
Opel Zafira 1,8 16V Elegance R199 880
Opel Zafira 2,2 16V Elegance R215 000
Opel Zafira 2,2 16V Elegance auto R225 000