Opel Zafira

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Opel Zafira
ClassCompact MPV
Body style5-door MPV
LayoutFF layout
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Opel Zafira
ClassCompact MPV
Body style5-door MPV
LayoutFF layout

The Opel Zafira, also as the Zafira Tourer since 2011,[1] is a compact MPV engineered and produced by the German automaker Opel. Built since early 1999, the Zafira is sold under the Vauxhall marque in Great Britain, the Holden marque in Australia as well as under a number of other market-specific brands and names.


Zafira A (1999–2005)

Zafira A
Also calledChevrolet Nabira
Chevrolet Zafira
Holden Zafira
Subaru Traviq
Vauxhall Zafira
2001–2011 (Brazil)
2000–2004 as Subaru Traviq
AssemblyBochum, Germany
Gliwice, Poland
Rayong, Thailand (GM)
São José dos Campos, Brazil
Engine1.6 L X16/Z16 I4
1.8 L X18XE1/X18XEL I4
1.8 L Z18XE1 I4[2]
2.0 L Z20LET turbo I4
2.2 L Z22SE I4
2.0 L X20DTL/X20DTH/Y20DTH diesel I4
2.2 L Y22DTR diesel I4
Wheelbase2,694 mm (106 in)
Length4,317 mm (170 in)
Width1,742 mm (69 in)
Height1,684 mm (66 in)
Curb weight1,320 kg (2,910 lb) - 1,560 kg (3,439 lb)
RelatedOpel Astra G

The first generation of Zafira is usually referred to as Zafira A, as is customary for Opel models. Developed with the aid of Porsche,[3] the Zafira was first shown in concept form at the 1997 Frankfurt Auto Show and entered series production in January 1999, with sales beginning in April.[4]

The car was based on the same platform as the 1998 Astra G and shared much in common with that car. The Zafira A body was used in GM/Opel's concept hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle the HydroGen3. Offered with a series of petrol engines and initially a single diesel offering, the "X" engines were replaced by the newer "Z" engine generation in 2000.[4] These featured variable intake manifolds and were able to meet Euro 3 emissions standards.

The Opel Zafira has seven seats arranged in three rows, the back row of which can be folded into the floor to create more space, individually or together, rather than requiring that the extra seats be physically removed from the vehicle. The system was named Flex 7. In TüV's ranking of the quality of three-year-old cars, the Zafira was by far the best Opel, only slightly behind the winning Ford Focus.[3]

Introduced at Geneva in February 2001, the turbocharged Zafira OPC went on sale in October of the same year. With 192 PS (141 kW), this was the fastest minivan on sale in Europe.[5] Only available with a five-speed manual transmission, 0–100 km/h (62 mph) can be reached in 8.2 seconds and the top speed is 220 km/h (137 mph).[2] The popular 2-litre turbodiesels were complemented by a 125 PS (92 kW) 2.2 litre option in January 2002.[3]

The Opel Zafira A was replaced by Zafira B in Europe, but was still sold in most other markets until 2011, except for Australia and New Zealand, where the model was cancelled altogether. The Zafira was sold in the Philippines from 2001 to 2005, being the last European-based Opel car to be sold in the Philippines after they stopped selling the Opel Astra in 2003.

The Zafira was sold in Japan from 2001 through 2004 as the Traviq, where it was cancelled and replaced later in 2008 by the Subaru Exiga - developed from the Subaru Legacy platform. According to Subaru, the name was a combination of the words "travel" and "quick",[6] however, the word more closely resembles the English word "traffic".

Due to the exterior dimensions exceeding Japanese government regulations for vehicles defined as "compact", Japanese buyers were liable for additional taxes. The Traviq was originally only available with the bigger 2.2 litre engine, although a 1.8 L, lower-priced alternative was added in July 2003.[6] The engines used were not Subaru supplied boxer engines, but were conventional in line units that were uncharasteristic to market recognized Subaru products, and all-wheel-drive technology was also not available.

The sale of the Zafira as a Subaru created a conflict with previously established Yanase Co., Ltd. retail dealerships, in that Yanase was already selling Opel products, like the Zafira. When production of the Traviq ended, Yanase continued to import Opel products into Japan until 2006.

Zafira B (2005–2011)

Zafira B
Also calledVauxhall Zafira
Chevrolet Zafira
2011–present as Zafira Family
AssemblyBochum, Germany
Gliwice, Poland
PlatformDelta platform
Engine1.6 L Family 1 I4
1.8 L Family 1 I4
2.0 L Family II Turbo I4
2.2 L Family II I4
1.9 L CDTi Diesel I4
Transmission4-speed automatic
6-speed automatic
5-speed manual
6-speed manual (OPC version)
Wheelbase106.4 in (2,703 mm)
Length175.9 in (4,468 mm)
Width70.9 in (1,801 mm)
Height2005-07: 64.4 in (1635 mm)
2008-present: 1,645 mm (64.8 in)/1,670 mm (65.7 in)
RelatedOpel Astra H

The Zafira B debuted in Europe in 2004; sales started in 2005. It shares platform and mechanical parts with the H/C model Astra.

In February 2006, the Zafira B was launched in Singapore. By March 2006, the model had only been introduced in Europe, and Singapore. It went on sale in Mexico in April 2006 and Chile in September 2006. In both countries it was branded as a Chevrolet Zafira.

Names and markets

In Mexico the Opel Zafira was discontinued after the 2006 model year, and replaced by the 5-passenger Chevrolet HHR (discontinued in Mexico since 2009).

However, by 2010, reflecting both its status as a run-out model and adverse consumer reaction to uncertainty over Opel's future, the car was outsold by the more recently face-lifted Volkswagen Touran on the German market, with 2,568 Zafiras sold in the first two months of the year against 7,270 Tourans.[7]


The Zafira B's engine lineup is partly adopted from the previous Astra/Zafira generation, but Opel replaced the old 2.0 and 2.2 turbodiesel I4 engines with 1.9 L common-rail turbodiesels developed by Fiat (Multijet). Opel Performance Center developed a turbocharged 240 hp (180 kW) 2.0 L performance version of the Zafira B as well. A CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) version of the new Zafira with a 1.6 L engine is also available.

Petrol engine
ModelEngineDisplacementPowerTorqueCO2 emission (g/km)YearsNotes
1.6 TwinPortI41,598 cc105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) at 6,000 rpm150 N·m (110 lb·ft) at 4,000 rpm172(2005-8)EU4
1.6 VVT115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) at 6,000 rpm155 N·m (114 lb·ft) at 4,000 rpm157(2008-)EU5
1.8 VVT1,796 cc140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) at 6,300 rpm175 N·m (129 lb·ft) at 3,800 rpm168(2005-)
2.2 VVT2,198 cc150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 6,000 rpm215 N·m (159 lb·ft) at 4,000 rpm197(2005–10)EU4
2.0 Turbo1,998 cc200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp) at 4,900-6,000 rpm262 N·m (193 lb·ft) at 1,850-4,900 rpm228(2005-9)
240 PS (177 kW; 237 hp) at 6,000 rpm320 N·m (240 lb·ft)230(2005–10)
Diesel engine
ModelEngineDisplacementPowerTorqueCO2 emission (g/km)YearsNotes
1.7 CDTI EcotecI41,686 cc110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) @ 4000 rpm260 N·m (190 lb·ft) @ 1750-2500 rpm1342009 -EU5
125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) @ 4000 rpm280 N·m (210 lb·ft) @ 1750-3500 rpm2010 -
1.9 CDTI Ecotec1,910 cc120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) @ 4000 rpm280 N·m (210 lb·ft) @ 2000-2500 rpm1672005EU3
1.9 CDTI Ecotec280 N·m (210 lb·ft) @ 1700-2550 rpm1592005 – 10EU4
1.9 CDTI Ecotec150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) @ 4000 rpm315 N·m (232 lb·ft) @ 2000-2500 rpm1672005EU3
1.9 CDTI Ecotec315 N·m (232 lb·ft) @ 2000-2500 rpm1592005 – 10EU4

Zafira Tourer C (2011–present)

Zafira Tourer C
Also calledVauxhall Zafira Tourer
AssemblyBochum, Germany
PlatformDelta II platform
Engine1.4–1.6 L
1.7–2.0 L
Transmission6-speed automatic
5-speed manual
6-speed manual[1]
Wheelbase2,760 mm (108.7 in)
Length4,660 mm (183.5 in)
Width1,820 mm (71.7 in)
Height1,690 mm (66.5 in)
RelatedOpel Astra J

The third generation Zafira Tourer was previewed in concept form at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, as the 'Zafira Tourer Concept'. It has been revealed that, when the Zafira Tourer C goes on sale, the Zafira B will remain on sale, albeit in facelifted form as the "Zafira Family", to act as a smaller and cheaper version, as the Zafira Tourer C is to increase in size to act as a proper rival to the Ford S-Max.[8] A hybrid and/or electric version is expected to follow during 2012.

The production version debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and went on sale late 2011.[9]

A natural gas version of the Zafira Tourer was announced in December 2011. A dual-fuel vehicle, its CNG tank will drive the car 530 kilometers, and a 14 litre petrol tank provides additional range or operation when a CNG filling station is not available.[10]


All engines have a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, bar the 1.8 petrol, which has a five-speed manual gearbox as standard. An automatic gearbox is available as an option on the 1.4T and 2.0 CDTI (165 PS), both without S/S. An EcoFLEX versions went on sale in 2012, equipped with the 2.0 CDTI (130PS) engine and gains a Start/Stop system to make it more economical, emitting 119g/km of CO2, as for petrol variants there are 1.4T ecoFLEX with a Start/Stop system with same amount of power (120 and 140 PS) like standard versions but with less CO2 emissions - 144g/km and better fuel efficiency.[11]

Petrol engine
ModelEngineDisplacementPowerTorqueNoteCO2 emission (g/km)Year
1.4 Turbo S/SI41,364 cc120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) at 4,900–6000 rpm200 N·m (148 lb·ft) at 1,850-4,900 rpmN/A in UK154
1.4 Turbo S/SI41,364 cc140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) at 4,900–6000 rpm200 N·m (148 lb·ft) at 1,850-4,900 rpm154
1.8 VVTI41,796 cc140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) at 6,300 rpm175 N·m (129 lb·ft) at 3,800 rpm169
1.8 VVTI41,796 cc115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) at 6,300 rpm175 N·m (129 lb·ft) at 3,800 rpm169
LPG/CNG engine
ModelEngineDisplacementPowerTorqueNoteCO2 emission (g/km)Year
1.4 Turbo ecoFLEXI41,364 cc140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) at 4,900–6000 rpm200 N·m (148 lb·ft) at 1,850-4,900 rpmLPG139
1.6 Turbo ecoFLEXI41,598 cc150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 5,000 rpm210 N·m (155 lb·ft) at 2,300-5,000 rpmCNG129
Diesel engine
ModelEngineDisplacementPowerTorqueNoteCO2 emission (g/km)Year
2.0 CDTII41,956 cc110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) at 4,000 rpm260 N·m (190 lb·ft) at 1,750–2,500 rpmN/A in UK137
2.0 CDTI ecoFLEX S/SI41,956 cc130 PS (96 kW; 130 hp) at 4,000 rpm300 N·m (220 lb·ft) at 1,750–2,500 rpm1192012-
2.0 CDTI S/SI41,956 cc165 PS (121 kW; 163 hp) at 4,000 rpm350 N·m (260 lb·ft) at 1,750–2,500 rpm137
2.0 CDTI Bi-Turbo S/SI41,956 cc195 PS (143 kW; 192 hp) at 4,000 rpm400 N·m (300 lb·ft) at 1,750–2,500 rpm1442012-



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