The new Opel/Vauxhall Zafira Concept has been unveiled ahead of its world premiere at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. This high-tech people carrier is a very clever and luxurious car with lots of new and innovative features and an awesome interior.
This concept previews the next generation Zafira monocab and showcases Opel’s design philosophy sculptural artistry. They say the looks of this car is inspired by a high-speed train! It is very nice, but to be honest you can’t make an MPV look cool no matter what you do to it.
The best thing abut this car is the roomy, light and welcoming interior. The car features the new Flex7 seating system that basically makes it a “Lounge on Wheels”. It features a panorama windshield that seamlessly flows into a generous glass roof which extends to the rear of the car. Besides all the lovely leather an very cool yellow ambient lighting system – different shades of yellow – The Zafira Concept also gets a second pane of high-tech composite material that is edge-lit by LEDs.
As mentioned the car has Flex7 seating system, Here’s how it works: The third row can still be completely folded down flush with the floor in the innovative Zafira Tourer Concept. Fully automatically at the push of a button, the five-seat configuration can then be transformed into a roomy four-seat rear cabin with first-class feeling and lounge character. Thanks to a clever new folding mechanism, the back of the middle seat in the second row folds to offer comfortable armrests for the passengers in the outer seats. These then slide back and towards each other, creating maximum space for passengers’ arms and legs and thus ensuring optimal comfort. With extended footrests, perfect seating for relaxation is created – the ideal place to unwind.
The tiltable three-piece headrests are also electrically powered and add to the spacious first-class character of the Zafira Tourer Concept’s cabin.
The car has a big touch-screen display on the center console, but in this iPad age you can expect more! And indeed you do get more. Rear passengers have covered storage compartment above that can hold a tablet PC like an iPad. The heating can be controlled over two turn knobs below the display, and air conditioning via touch-buttons.
Seats tailored in high-quality caramel leather with color-matched quilted seams and stitching, contrasted with Cocoa dark brown door trim, soft deep-pile carpet and a host of premium materials pleasant to touch, underline the monocab’s exclusivity.
To mention a few other features of the car, it has 20-inch twin-spoke alloy wheels in dark metallic grey matte lacquer which are unlikely to make it into the production model, 245/40 R20 tires, fuel-efficient 1.4 Turbo featuring Start/Stop technology that provides a smooth ride for all occupants, and innovative technologies that enhance comfort and safety such as the FlexRide fully adaptive damping system.