Earlier this week, General Motors’ Opel subsidiary announced that its Zafira Tourer MPV is now available in China, joining the Antara, Astra GTC and Insignia Sports Tourer (read: wagon) in the country.
Those familiar with the Zafira Tourer already appreciate the MPV’s stylish exterior, spacious and versatile interior, and collection of advanced safety technologies. The Delta II-based MPV will be available in two trim levels — the five-seat Comfort and the seven-seat Luxury, priced between RMB 269,900 ($44,140 USD) and RMB 309,900 ($50,534 USD). The relatively high prices are likely a by-product of China’s 25% tariff on imported vehicles.
Powering the Zafira Tourer in China is the now-familiar 1.4 liter turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder engine mated to GM’s second-generation S6 six-speed automatic transmission, which sports smooth gear shifting and maximizes fuel efficiency. As most other Opel models, the Zafira Tourer’s powertrain and chassis were tuned at the famed Nürburgring track in Germany. It’s highly unlikely that your MPV can claim the same.
In addition, the Zafira Tourer is equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control, which allows the driver to set a cruising speed while driving at high speeds and to release the accelerator. The vehicle automatically makes adjustments at a constant velocity to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles. Other advanced safety features standard on the Zafira Tourer are anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, electronic stability control and traction control system.
The vehicle will be available across Opel’s 22 dealerships in China, and serviceable at 55 service centers across the country.
The GM Authority Take
The more, the merrier.
Here’s to hoping GM won’t pull an Opel Australia with Opel’s Chinese efforts.