- Fourth generation Opel Zafira MPV arrives
- Offered in two versions – private or business
- Sliding doors, transparent roof, great audio
- Lounge comfort, removable seats, autobox
CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Meet the 2022 Opel Zafira Life Edition. It’s super-luxury, handsome (especially the black version as shown here) and Opel SA claims it can meet all needs with a reconfigurable cabin, advanced driving aids, infotainment system, head-up display, adaptive cruise control, camera sensors and radar.
Driver and passengers can look up and out through a two-piece glass roof and a tailgate that opens as a door – or as a lifting rear window.
The versions will be in South African showrooms – seven or eight seats in three rows – with the second and third each having three full-size seats on rails.
The Opel Elegance version claims to be the luxurious and would be the choice of business customers or wealthier families seeking comfort rather than practicality with leather upholstery and the middle row reduced to two seats with armrests and a sliding/folding table between them.
HALOGEN LIGHTS, AUTO DIPPING
The Zafira Life, Opel says, has broad proportions, chromed accents, and tinted windows for privacy and to counter bright sun. Access is through sliding doors – powered on the more expensive Elegance version by either the passenger or the driver.
Each model has halogen headlights (auto-dipping on the Elegance), and heatable tinted tail-door glass swiped by a single wiper.
…AND SO TO THE CABIN
There’s a ”functional and elegant” cabin with many storage spaces and ergonomics designed for easy access, cupholders, a cooled and illuminated oddments box, and a tray for ”intelligent devices”, as Opel puts it.
The Elegance adds heatable front seats, two-zone aircon with air circulation to prevent window condensation and filters to bar pollen infiltration (and bad smells) as well as keyless entry and push-button engine start – provide the driver is carrying the ignition unit within range of the vehicle.
Reverse parking radar comes with a 180° camera whose screen zooms as an obstacle nears – a sort of go-but-don’t-touch system.
KEEPING YOU AMUSED AND ALERT
The system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, has a 19cm touchscreen, is multimedia caompatible, and six or 10 speakers according to model. Elegance units will also have satnav that accepts traffic alerts, checks the weather, and can be voice-controlled.
Front and side crashbags lurk for the the front seats and a monitor will prompt ”coffee time!” two hours into a journey. And beep again if the driver doesn’t heed the suggestion.
The driver can also be monitored through steering-wheel grip and a camera to and give audible and visual alerts if attention wanders. Lane-drifting can also trigger a warning.
As with other upmarket vehicles these days the vehicle’s cameras monitor speed-limit signs and give an audible suggestion to reduce speed if exceeded; cameras in the external mirrors warn of traffic in adjacent lanes.
Zafira Life Elegance models are also equipped with Forward Brake Assist that can help prevent a collision with mobile or fixed obstacles and pedestrians at speeds under 30km/h. At speeds above 30km/h, the vehicle’s speed is reduced before impact.
…AND FINALLY THE DRIVETRAIN
Both Opel Zafira Life Edition and Elegance units have a two-litre turbodiesel engine with stop/start technology and capable of 110kW/370Nm to spin an eight-speed autobox transmission. Opel says 6.3l/100km on a combined cycle (with CO2 emissions of 165g/km) is possible.
…AND SO TO THE PRICES
Opel Zafira Life Edition – R749 900
Opel Zafira Life Elegance – R869 900