Once a very popular MPV, the Opel Zafira seven-seater is now losing its grip in the market. The main reason why sales are dropping is that the segment itself is losing its popularity to crossovers. As a result, MPV manufacturers are rather focusing on developing more crossovers, or giving MPV a crossover/SUV look. For instance, the design and styling of Renault’s all-new Espace MPV has resemblances of an SUV; the company itself markets the vehicle as a combination of MPV and SUV.
The 2016 Zafira will also be designed to look like a combination, says a report by L’Automobile. The all-new model will be co-developed with Peugeot. Currently the MPV is largest in its segment with a length of 4.66 m. The length of the next-generation model however, will reduce to 4.55 m but the seating capacity will still remain at seven.
As per the report, the new-generation model will share its platform with Peugeot 3008. As per the agreement between GM and PSA Peugeot Citroen, production of the MPV will be moved to Peugeot’s Sochaux plant in France, says the report. Also as per the agreement, production of the C3 Picasso’s replacement will be moved to Opel’s Zaragoza plant in Spain where the Opel Meriva is produced