Vauxhall has pulled the covers off the Zafira Tourer concept; a preview of a larger cross-over MPV aimed at Ford's successful S-Max, with a production version is likely to be launched within the next year.
The Zafira itself, the best-selling compact MPV of its kind in Britain, will be facelifted at much the same time. The thinking behind the concept is of a lounge on wheels (expect the finished thing to be slightly less luxurious) that combines comfort with exceptional versatility (which we're very likely to see in the real car).
Vauxhall-Opel chief designer Mark Adams explains that, 'we have transferred the idea of a relaxing lounge to a vehicle and created an automobile oasis, a place to relax and enjoy. The Zafira Tourer Concept's exterior design also makes a bold statement with its sleek, flowing lines and premium feel.'
The Zafira Tourer features conventional doors, unlike the small Meriva, and adopts the blade-like headlamp design of the Ampera extended-range EV.
It also has an exceptionally large panorama glass roof that joints directly to the front windscreen, to provide an airy cabin ambience.