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2017 Opel Zafira

2017 Opel Zafira

It appears Opel is working on its next iteration of the Zafira. The three-row MPV has been on the market since 2011 in its current configuration, and has grown long in the tooth. While a completely new generation would be welcomed, Opel seems to be only working up a refresh, as seen by these spy shots.

The Zafira’s history dates back to 1997 when Opel debuted the seven-seater at the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany. The Zafira went on sale in 1999 and helped the General Motors’ sub-brand better compete in Europe and other parts of the world. The first generation lasted through 2004 when a completely reworked Zafira debuted for the 2005 model year.

Ironically, when Opel replaced the second-gen Zafira, it didn’t stop its production. Rather, the automaker continued to build both generations side by side, marketing the second-gen Zafira (with a slight refresh) as the Zafira Family. It was slotted as a smaller, less expensive alternative to the third-generation Zafira. The Zafira Family ended production in 2014, leaving the third-gen Zafira to soldier on.

As the refreshed Zafira gets closer to its official debut – likely for the 2017 model year – we should seem more engineering mules and spy shots like these. If you want to know the latest about the upcoming Zafira, continue reading for our full run-down of the spy shots.

Updated 02/03/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Opel Zafira out for a new testing session, this time during cold winter conditions in Sweden.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Opel Zafira.

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2011 Opel Zafira Tourer Concept

2011 Opel Zafira Tourer Concept

Yet another brand that’s looking into breaking in a new design language for their future models, Opel will be introducing the second model that will be carrying the company’s new styling cues at the Geneva Motor Show. Following the Opel Ampera, get ready to be introduced to the Zafira Tourer Concept.

Like with most concepts being designed these days, the Zafira Concept has plenty of new features that may or not make it to the production version. Since it’s all about show-and-tell with cars of this variety, Opel made sure to give the Zafira Concept plenty of eye-catching digs. On the outside, the tourer’s design language is similar to the features found on the Opel Ampera, including a front fascia that also comes with a boomerang-style character line with LED daytime driving lights, bi-xenon headlights, a glass roof with integrated ambient lighting, and a panoramic windscreen.

Meanwhile, the Zafira’s interior comes with what Opel describes as a “lounge on wheels”, highlighted by electrically-powered headrests that swivel 90 degrees horizontally, ensuring passengers of experiencing “pure wellness”. In addition to the spa-like atmosphere, the Zafira Concept also has three rows of seats with the second-row center seat capable of being folded down to make room for an armrest. Meanwhile, the third-row seats can also be manipulated with a simple press of a button, where it automatically folded into the floor.

There’s still no official word on what kind of powertrain the Zafira concept will have, but the most likely of all options is a1.4-liter turbocharged engine with a likely output of 138 horsepower and 148 lb/ft of torque.

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2008 Opel Zafira 1.6 CNG

2008 Opel Zafira 1.6 CNG

In 2009, Opel will introduce one new 1.6-liter turbo CNG engine (Compressed Natural Gas) with around 110 kW/150 hp and 210 Nm of torque. Developed by GM Powertrain in Turin, the new unit joins Opel’s current aspirated CNG engine, which has the same displacement and an output of 69 kW/94 hp. “Environmental awareness and driving fun are no longer mutually exclusive,” says Alain Visser, Chief Marketing Officer, GM Europe. “With this newly developed turbocharged CNG engine, we continue pursuing our strategy of turbocharging engines to increase efficiency – meaning lower consumption and emissions – without making any concessions in performance.”

Key features of the new CNG engine include a turbocharger integrated into the exhaust manifold, an intake manifold with gasoline and CNG fuel pipes, an oil cooler and piston cooling. By virtue of their propulsion units, natural gas-powered Opel vehicles produce 80 percent less nitrogen oxide than a diesel, and almost 20 percent less CO2 than a gasoline model (nearly 10 percent less CO2 than diesel). Furthermore, the exhaust gases contain almost no soot particles.

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Opel Zafira pricing announced

Opel Zafira pricing announced

The new Opel Zafira – available to order now – features an even more attractive look and technology range at no extra cost. The new 85 kW/115 hp 1.6 ECOTEC entry-level model in Opel’s fully variable compact monocab range costs 21,210 euros, for example – exactly the same recommended retail price as the previous 1.6-liter version with 10 hp less.

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2008 Opel Zafira

2008 Opel Zafira

With fresh design accents and three additional engines, the new Opel Zafira will be available at dealerships from February 2008. The Zafira’s striking looks communicate dynamics and self-confidence. Its 1.6-liter gasoline and two 1.7-liter CDTI engines embody the current trends: powerful, economical and affordable. This all puts the Opel compact van in an excellent position to continue the success story of the world’s first fully versatile seven-seater, which will see its two millionth unit rolling off the assembly line early next year. Following the introduction of the second generation in mid-2005, this Zafira also belongs to the top of its vehicle class with over 450,000 units sold and around ten percent market share in Europe. The new edition of the bestseller makes its world premiere at the Bologna Motor Show (December 7 - 16, 2007).

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2007 Opel Zafira

2007 Opel Zafira

While the automobile market in both Europe and Germany has grown only slightly or even stagnated for a number of years, new registrations in the compact van segment have continuously increased. From 1999 to 2004, the compact vans’ share of the passenger car market in Europe climbed from 2.4 percent to more than seven percent. Forecasts predict further growth and levels of over ten percent in the year 2010. If the Meriva compact van segment is added, experts predict a share of the overall (...)

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