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Another five-star people-carrier on the way from Opel

  • Voted ‘Best Buy Car of Europe 2019’
  • Opel Zafira Life expected first quarter 2020
  • Practicality, comfort, safety top priorities
OPEL PEOPLE-CARRIERS: The upcoming Opel Zafira Lite.  Image: Opel

RUSSELSHEIM, Germany – Opel’s sales bossman Xavier Duchemin revealed the Opel Zafira Life at the 2019 Brussels auto show and this is it, to be in South African showrooms in early 2020.

Duchemin said at the show:  ”The new Zafira Life is attractive as well as practical. They will make travelling much more enjoyable, comfortable, and adaptable not only for drivers but also passengers – especially the family.”

The bus is described as ”fun-to-drive as well as comfortable, a multi-purpose bus” with with the local operation will be excited to welcome to southern Africa.

OPEL PEOPLE-CARRIERS: The upcoming Opel Zafira Lite.  Image: Opel

The much anticipated Opel Combo Life people-mover is already here – it reached dealers in SA in August 2019.


The Combo Life was voted ‘Best Buy Car Europe 2019’ by a jury of 31 specialist journalists from 31 countries.

”It’s packed with high levels of flexibility, comfort and innovative technologies,” Opel said. ”The Combo Life is unrivalled in its class and continues to deliver on Opel’s ongoing vision to supply quality vehicles with rich specification at best prices.”

The Combo Life is said to be a modern five-seat people-mover but with the comfort and dynamics of a car and the spaciousness and variability of a typical multi-purpose vehicle.”

It has six crash-mitigation bags, anti-lock brakes and stability program, traction control intended for gravel or the European winter, and hill-start for drivers who, The Corner believes, shouldn’t need it!

OPEL PEOPLE-CARRIERS: The upcoming Opel Zafira Lite.  Image: Opel

Power comes from a 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine which, Opel claims, can make five litres/100km, helped, the automaker says, by low-revs torque ”for better and more-efficient overtaking, towing, and higher gear choice”.

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A 19cm screen for the bus’s infotainment system promises connectivity while speed-sensitive power steering with tilt/telescope adjustment and bearing audio and cruise controls is standard.

OPEL PEOPLE-CARRIERS: The upcoming Opel Zafira Lite.  Image: Opel

Left- and right-side sliding side doors and a windowed tail door can be used to load good or passengers thanks to 60/40-split rear seats. Cargo load maximises at 690kg.

Towing is limited to 1100kg (braked trailer) or 720kg unbraked.

Bumpers, door releases and external mirrors will match the chosen body colour.


”The introduction of the Combo Life compliments the existing Opel range in South Africa,” Opel SA says, ”to offer a vehicle between the conventional passenger and SUV, with added functionality to suit this market.

”Our high-specification offerings and commitment to assemble vehicles that are accessible to many more families with now no extra costs for more features.”

Opel models already in South Africa include the Adam, Corsa, Astra, Crossland X – including the new turbodiesel, Mokka X, Grandland X, Combo Cargo. The Zafira Life will, Opel says, ”round off the people-mover range in early 2020”.


… will be full catered and announced at the time of local launch.

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