Next-generation Opel Zafira will likely debut at the Paris motor show this fall. The model is due in mid-to-late 2011 as a 2012 model.

These are the latest pictures of the next-generation 2012 Opel Zafira doing some track testing on the Nürburgring circuit.

This next Zafira iteration prototype is still heavily camouflaged but the general design seems very consistent with this category of vehicle - stretched at the corners for maximum cabin space but still with an aerodynamic front end (likely with a very Astra/Insignia-like front face) and streamlined shoulder and roof lines to have the looks to compete against the likes of the Ford Grand C-Max in the 7-seat compact MPV segment.

Yes, it's a very tough minivan market in Europe right now with lots of great vehicles competing to strike consumers' tastes. So we can expect the Zafira to come with an upgrade of cabin technology and a large range of engine offerings borrowed from its Astra sibling's power plant lineup.

The next-generation Opel Zafira will likely make its debut at the Paris motor show this fall.