Vauxhall will unveil the second generation of its hugely-successful MPV trendsetter, the new Zafira, at the Geneva Motor Show next month (3-13 March).

The new Zafira features dynamic design and driving performance as well as a larger, high-quality interior. The Flex7 seating system continues to set standards with its ingenious versatility.

An innovative panorama roof system, with integrated storage compartments, makes its debut with new Zafira, creating a pleasing, light atmosphere for passengers.

Familiar from the Astra and redeveloped for new Zafira, the IDSPlus chassis (Interactive Driving System) with electronic CDC (Continuous Damping Control) ensures exciting driving. Adaptive forward lighting (AFL) is available for the first time in an MPV.

There are two diesel and four petrol engines from the ECOTEC family with power outputs of 100 to 200hp. The top-of-the-line engine is the 200hp 2.0 turbo, taking the Zafira to a maximum speed of around 137mph. Vauxhall’s new 1.9-litre common-rail turbo-diesel engine joins the line-up.

The Zafira was launched in 1999 as the first MPV with a third row of seats that could be completely folded down and stowed away.

Length/width excluding exterior mirrors/height figures are 4467/1776/1637mm (176/70/64.4in). That makes the new Zafira 150mm (6in) longer, 34mm (1.5in) wider and a shade taller than the current model.

The Zafira’s new looks are accentuated by details such as large air inlets in the front bumper, hi-tech, three-dimensional headlamps and tail lights.

Inside, the gear shift lever is positioned higher for easy, comfortable operation, making space for a U-shaped aircraft style hand brake lever integrated in the centre console, and an additional storage compartment.

A large, easy to read monitor displays all information for the infotainment systems with intuitive operating concept, including units with DVD navigation and Bluetooth technology.

In terms of comfort and space, the new Zafira is a step ahead of the first generation model. Thanks to its long wheelbase (2703mm/106.4in) and clever packaging, up to seven passengers have even more room in all three rows. The Flex7 seating system ensures maximum versatility for all transport needs. In a matter of seconds, the Zafira can easily be turned from a seven to a six, five, four, three or two-seater, without having to remove or stow away the seats.

In five-seat configuration, the new Zafira’s luggage compartment volume is 620 litres, 20 litres more than in its predecessor. Depending on the trim level, the new Zafira will offer around 30 practical storage compartments. The FlexOrganizer cargo management system from the new Astra Estate is now also available for the Zafira.

The optional panorama roof with integrated storage facilities has its world premiere in new Zafira. With four large glass panels, the system offers passengers a pleasant, light atmosphere while dark tinted glass and a power-operated shading system protects against strong sunlight. A centre roof console running the length of the ceiling has five different-sized storage compartments.

Prices of the new Zafira will be announced closer to the July launch date.