Here is the first official picture of the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer Concept, which makes its world debut at next week's Geneva Motor Show and gives the strongest hint yet at what a production-ready version may look like.
Combining "lounge-on-wheels" luxury with the same high degree of flexibility the Vauxhall Zafira name has become synonymous with over the last 12 years, the concept's cabin has a light, airy feel and generous space for rear-seat passengers.
The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer Concept interior is bathed in light thanks to a panoramic windscreen that flows into a generous glass roof extending to the rear of the car. A second pane of high-tech composite material is edge-lit by LEDs. Tiny metallic particles are embedded in the cabin's upper sections to reflect the light and give off a warm glow that can be varied in different shades of yellow.
The concept's tilt-able three-piece headrests are electrically powered, though for safety reasons the driver's remains in a vertical position when the car is in motion. In the 'lounge' setting, with the exception of the driver's headrest, each swivels 90 degrees to the horizontal position while the outer elements curve slightly forward.
Up front, a large touch-screen display dominates the centre console, above which a covered storage compartment can hold a tablet PC like an iPad. The heating can be controlled using two turn knobs below the display, and air conditioning via touch-buttons.
Seats tailored in high-quality caramel leather with colour-matched quilted seams and stitching, contrasted with Cocoa dark brown door trim, soft deep-pile carpet and a host of premium materials, underline the concept's exclusivity.
The Vauxhall Zafira concept's roomy, warm interior is encased in an elegant, sculptured and sophisticated body painted in Frost Liquid Metal, a special metallic silver-grey.
At the front of the car, wing-shaped LED daytime running lights, bi-xenon AFL and fog lamps are all contained behind a single Plexiglass cover. These combine with fog lamps encased in polished aluminium frames to visually shorten the front overhang. The characteristic Vauxhall centre-crease on the hood reaches from the grille to the windscreen.
The dark LED tail lamps, which incorporate Vauxhall's signature blade, wrap around the body side and tailgate. The horizontal aluminium bar stretches far into the light elements, giving the concept a broad, sporty look at the rear. The parallelogram-shaped dual exhaust pipes are integrated in another aluminium bar in the lower fascia, adding to its distinctive appearance.
The dark metallic grey 20-inch twin-spoke alloy wheels with 245/40 R20 tyres all round hint at the Vauxhall Zafira's dynamic prowess, as well as its quality. The polished high-gloss spokes contrast with diamond-cut aluminium surfaces that make them stand out against the dark background of the rims.
The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer Concept is powered by a new version of the downsized, fuel-efficient 1.4 Turbo featuring Start/Stop technology, providing exceptional efficiency with brisk performance. Underpinning the car is a range of innovative technologies, such as the FlexRide adaptive damping system.
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