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by Brett Davis

Opel has been spotted testing the 2012 Opel Zafira on German roads in a test mule covered in the least camouflaging we’ve seen yet.

Even though the Opel Zafira will be sold mainly in Europe, there is some potential for the MPV to be sold Down Under. From 2001 until 2006, Holden sold a rebadged version called the Holden Zafira. In total, 5859 were sold during the six years they were on sale. And while Holden hasn’t mentioned any word of marketing the car here, the Opel brand, which is set to join the Australian market in 2012, might.

The car is based on the Opel Zafira Tourer Concept first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, only in production form it appears it will wear smaller, more conventional wheels and tyres. The production version will also lose the glass roof and a number of innovative teasers previewed on the concept.

In these images we can see some details of the body will be shared from the concept including rounded door panels and the sill kink running along the length of the side. The back also showcases a similar taillight design and tailgate spoiler.

Powering the new production Zafira is said to be a range of small four-cylinder petrol and turbocharged diesel engines, including the 1.4-litre turbocharged 103kW/200Nm four-cylinder – also seen in the Chevroley Cruze and Volt – as well as an EcoFlex eco-friendly unit.

We’ll keep you updated as to whether or not the new Zafira will make it to Australian shores.




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