The launch date was announced as the final version was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week alongside prices of the new seven-seat people carrier.

Entry-level ES versions of the new Zafira Tourer will start from £21,000 but four other trim levels will be included in the range when it arrives in the UK; Exclusiv, SRi, SE and Elite.

Engine choices will be similarly flexible with options ranging from a 1.4-litre and 1.8-litre petrol to three different versions of the same 2.0-litre CDTi diesel engine, including an Ecoflex version delivering free first year road tax.

When the new Vauxhall Zafira Tourer was unveiled towards the beginning of the year, it was described as a 'lounge on wheels' by designer Mark Adams.

As a result even entry-level models come with air conditioning, cruise control, active headrests and a sound system featuring seven speakers, DAB digital radio and MP3 compatibility.

Inside, the car also comes with an update to its popular Flex7 seating system. As the name suggests, the system features seven seats that can be folded flat or moved to create several different seating arrangements.

On the outside, the car looks distinctively different from the current Vauxhall Zafira. At the front, it uses the boomerang-shaped headlamp design first seen in the extended-range electric Ampera.

This gives way to more sculpted sides than previous, box-like seven-seaters from Vauxhall as part of a new design theme for the large people carrier.

Orders will open for the new Vauxhall Zafira Tourer in November and the first deliveries of the new MPV will take place early in 2012.

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