New Vauxhall Zafira Tourer on sale from 2012

Designed as a larger, more spacious and ultimately more practical version of the Vauxhall Zafira, the Tourer was first announced as a concept car at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

It has now been introduced as a full production ready model and at first glance, it has stayed remarkably close to the concept car.

This includes the boomerang shaped headlamps incorporating daytime running lights, sculpted lines rising towards the boxy rear and Vauxhall’s new front end seen on the likes of the new Meriva.

Inside, the large dimensions of the new model adds up to 60 litres of luggage space, while the Flex7 seating system has been revamped to be even more flexible in both five- and seven-seat configurations.

Vauxhall’s idea to make the Zafira Tourer a ‘lounge on wheels’ and in keeping with this theme, the interior materials and build quality of the Tourer is a huge step forward compared to the current generation.

Vauxhall highlighted this with the inclusion of built in iPads to the concept car in March and although this is unlikely to be replicated in production versions, the car does boast a panoramic windscreen, glass sunroof, extra storage solutions and a host of equipment ranging from entertainment to driving aids.

Vauxhall’s Flexride system is taken from the Insignia, allowing the driver to choose three different driving modes and automatically adapting to the road conditions when necessary.

Under the bonnet, five engine choices include three diesel and two petrol units, with the option of fuel-saving start/stop technology set to be announced closer to launch date.

The diesel engines are 110bhp, 130bhp and 165bhp derivations of a 2.0-litre CDTi unit, while the petrol options comprise a 1.4-litre Turbo delivering 140bhp and a 1.8-litre unit offering a similar power output.

The engines will be offered with a choice of six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission depending on the engine chosen, but the 1.8-litre petrol comes with a five-speed manual gearbox.

The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer will go on sale in Vauxhall dealerships in 2012, where it will sit above the current Zafira in the range.