Style and tech upgrades for Zafira Tourer

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Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

Vauxhall has released first details of its revised Zafira Tourer, that arrives in showrooms in October 2016.

Changes are made to the styling and the interior, while technology added includes Adaptive Forward Lighting LED headlamps and smartphone integration.

The exterior treatment includes a replacement upper and lower grille, while the chrome bar carrying the Vauxhall logo blends into the reshaped headlamps – these including ‘double-wing’ daytime running lights – to give the car a wider look which is enhanced by pushed-out wheels housed in new arches.

According the Vauxhall design head Mark Adams, the latest Astra has inspired the visual changes to the Zafira. “Its sharp, precise double-winged daytime running lights convey a new level of sophistication, which is also reflected in the interior by a completely redesigned instrument panel – it is purer, clearer and easier to use,” he says.

The one-piece instrument panel now has its infotainment screen integrated into the centre console, several buttons being replaced by a simpler switch-based layout. The touchscreen is seven inches in size and tablet-based.

Two versions of Vauxhall’s latest IntelliLink infotainment systems are on offer. The R4.0 IntelliLink integrates with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphones while the Navi 950 IntelliLink provides an infotainment system with on-board navigation.

Interior of the Vauxhall Zafira TourerVauxhall’s OnStar connectivity system is also standard, features including Automatic Crash Response Destination Download with the Navi 950 variant and the ability to provide a Wi-Fi Hotspot for up to seven devices.

A further major change to the cabin is the availability of the Lounge Seating System – the back of the middle seat in the second row folds down and rotates to offer armrests for the passengers in the outer seats. These also slide to the rear and towards the centre of the car to increase leg and shoulder room.

The new Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) LED headlamps automatically adapt their lighting patterns to the driving situation – nine different modes are available, including town or country lighting, tourist mode, a curve and cornering function a manoeuvring light and a stop mode light.

Other upgrades that will be offered on the latest Zafira Tourer include a new generation Front Camera System, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and FlexRide. which continuously adapts vehicle behaviour to the driving situation, style and the individual preferences of the driver.

Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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