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Vauxhall reveals facelifted Zafira Tourer

Vauxhall has shown its refreshed Zafira Tourer for the first time.

Set to hit showrooms in October, it retains the popular features from the out-going model such as the six-way adjustable AGR sport seats, the Flex7 seating system, the Flex-Fix bicycle carrier and FlexRide adaptive damping.

The revamped model gets Vauxhall’s latest generation IntelliLink infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and OnStar, including 4G/LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as introducing full LED Adaptive Forward Lighting headlamps to the segment.

New Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) LED headlamps automatically adapts the lighting patterns of the headlamps to the driving situation, so that the optimal light performance is given without dazzling other drivers. It features nine different functions and lighting patterns, including town or country lighting, tourist mode, a curve and cornering function, manoeuvring light and a stop mode light (eco).

The new headlamp design, together with a completely new upper and lower grille helps shape the Zafira Tourer’s new face. The front headlights have been enhanced, while the sculptural chrome logo bar blends into the headlights making the car look wider. In addition to the daytime running lights, the wheels have been pushed outboard and housed under 'muscular' wheel arches.

On the inside, the MPV comes with a completely new interior and instrument panel, which offers greater forward visibility by utilising a new one-piece design. The screen of the infotainment system, which previously sat on top of the centre console, has been replaced with a new integrated screen. The lower position allows for many buttons to be eliminated with the switches now integrated into the overall design. The new seven-inch up-level touchscreen systems have been executed with quality inspired by top-of-the-range tablets, says Vauxhall. The new, three-dimensionally sculptured steering wheel with the small and efficiently packaged airbag cover is designed to put ‘ergonomics at the forefront’.

The modular storage system includes a large storage box and cup-holders that slide on aluminium rails to the desired position. This enables flexible use of the generous storage space between the front seats, ‘where it’s most accessible and useful’. In a five-seat configuration, the Zafira Tourer can carry a minimum load volume of 710 litres, increasing to 1,860 litres when the second-row seats are folded down. The Flex-Fix rear-end carrier system offers an easy-to-use and practical solution for cycling enthusiasts. The integrated system slides out of the rear bumper and can accommodate up to four bicycles. As the loaded bicycle carrier can be tilted, the tailgate can still be opened even when Flex-Fix is fully loaded.

Passengers in the second row can enjoy 'Lounge Seating', with the back of the middle seat in the second row folding down and rotating to offer armrests for the passengers in the outer seats. These also slide to the rear and towards the centre of the vehicle, providing ‘generous’ leg and shoulder room. The third-row seats can be folded down flush with the floor of the luggage compartment, creating a level load surface. A panoramic sunroof flows directly out of the windscreen and stretches to the rear of the vehicle.

The new generation Front Camera System aids all the driver assistance functions it supports, including the High Beam Assist of the AFL LED lighting system and the Traffic Sign Assistant. Following Distance Indication (FDI) also utilises the front camera to detect moving vehicles ahead. While Forward Collision Alert provides visible and audible caution alerts when the distance between the car and the vehicle ahead diminishes too quickly. Lane Departure Warning is activated automatically at speeds over 37 mph and warns the driver if the lane is left unintentionally with a visual and an audible warning.