Vauxhall unveils new Zafira

Vauxhall has unveiled the next Zafira at the Geneva Motor Show, promising ‘lounge-like’ comfort in the next generation of the large people carrier.

Named the Zafira Tourer Concept, the concept car designed to showcase the new Zafira emerged from igloo in a showy presentation which also included Vauxhall brand ambassador Katie Melua.

The idea was to show the interior of the Zafira provided the same comfort as an igloo whatever he conditions.

With this in mind, Vauxhall’s European chief Nick Reilly demonstrated the high quality materials and large amount of equipment in the concept, including iPads in the backs of the front seats for passengers.

While some of the interior touches will not make it into a production version, the flexible seating technology, which allows rows or individual seats to be manipulated to create a large number of seating configurations.

This is designed to build on the seating seen in the current version of the Zafira, which is one of the largest and most spacious MPVs in its class.

Outside, the design closely follows Vauxhall’s future design direction and uses a similar front end to the 2012 Vauxhall Ampera.

This means boomerang-shaped headlamps and a large panoramic windscreen designed to make the cabin airier are included in the concept car.

Mark Adams, designer for the Zafira Tourer Concept, says it has been designed to offer ‘lounge’ comfort, indicating an emphasis on space and materials inside the cabin, as well as less noise intrusion and a smoother ride than current models.

The concept will lead to a full production model to replace the current Vauxhall Zafira.