2017 Opel Meriva
German automaker Opel first offered the Meriva in 2003, but because Opel is a subsidiary of General Motors, the model got a Chevy bowtie in South America and a Vauxhall badge in the U.K. Based on the third-generation Opel Corsa C, the Meriva was styled as a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) five-door that offered seating for five passengers and ample rear cargo space, as well as a selection of conservative gasoline and diesel engine options. In 2010, the Meriva received a second generation, with larger exterior dimensions and a new six-speed automatic transmission. A facelift followed in 2014, and now, there appears to be a third generation on the horizon. Nothing official has been revealed as of yet, but it’s expected the new model will get a crossover-esque makeover, as well as a few significant interior upgrades.
Fueling speculation is the recent release of a series of spy images, which show a test mule out on public roads and decked out in extensive camouflage. Our undercover photographers also managed to grab a few shots of the cabin, and although most of it is under wraps, we now have a good idea what the production model could offer when it comes to market.
The Meriva is one of the cars slated to arrive as the product of a strategic partnership between PSA Peugeot Citroen and GM, which joined forces in 2012 in the hopes of co-developing models for the European market. Some say the partnership is on its way to a divorce, which means the third-gen Meriva could very well be part of the first – and last – wave of vehicles put forth by the tie-up.
We’ll have to wait and see if that’s the case, but for now, read on for my speculative review on the new Opel Meriva.
Continue reading to learn more about the future Opel Meriva.
After debuting the second generation Meriva two years ago, Opel is now working on a facelift version of the minivan that will most likely receive the same treatment already present in the recently announced Opel Astra facelift. Expect to see the new Meriva facelift launched at the end of 2012 with sales beginning in early 2013.
As you can see from these spy shots, only the car’s front end has been camouflaged meaning that this is the only part of the vehicle that will be updated. The front end will likely receive a redesigned front bumper and new headlamps, while the rear end looks to be completely unchanged although some minor adjustments may be made before it debuts.
Under the hood, Opel will keep the same engine line-up, meaning that the new Meriva will be offered with engines producing a range from a very economical 75 HP up to 140 HP, with an ecoFLEX version to be offered as well.
The German car builder Opel will unveil their second generation Meriva compact hatch in March at the Geneva Motor Show. The all new Meriva features the same design language as the larger and very successful Opel Insignia. However unlike any production Opel that came before, the new Merivia retains the trick suicide style FlexDoors that were showcased on the Meriva Concept back in 2008. Like the Lincoln Continental, the unique opening arrangement provided by the FlexDoors makes the Merivia a much more functional vehicle by making it much easier to get in and out of the rear seat with the back door opening up a full 84 degrees.
As opposed to conventional doors that only open 68 to 70 degrees, the FlexDoors are more ergonomic in the event that a front seat passenger can easily place items in the rear compartment like a jacket, briefcase or even an umbrella behind them. The 2011 Meriva will be offered with a wide range of power train options with outputs ranging from a very economical 75 HP up to 140 HP, with an ecoFLEX version to be offered as well. The Meriva’s engine will be mated to a choice of five and six speed manual transmissions as well as a smooth shifting six speed automatic. Offering a dash of fun into the compact people mover category.
UPDATE 06/29/2010: Check out the new 3D commercial for the Opel Meriva after the jump.
Press release after the jump.
With the dynamically styled Meriva Concept, Opel presents the next level of monocab flexibility at the International Motor Show in Geneva (March 6 – 16, 2008). The concept car features rear-hinged rear doors on both sides of the car called FlexDoors. While the front doors are conventionally designed with front hinges, the rear doors swing open towards the back of the car. Another feature of the family-oriented Meriva Concept is that the front and rear doors can open independently of each other. Rear-hinged rear doors already on the market can only be opened after the front door has been opened, which severely limits their practicality.
FlexDoors smooth operation is backed up by an array of patented innovations developed by GM/Opel engineers. A safety system ensures the doors can only be opened from the inside or outside when there is no risk to the passengers. The Meriva Concept also features an automatic electronic child lock, which supplements the conventional mechanical system. The concept car also has B-pillars not only for independent opening but also for side-impact safety reasons.
The Meriva Concept’s design is distinguished by its attractive combination of practicality and spaciousness with very dynamic and cool styling. The concept car’s distinctive window line, arched roof, wide track and impressively sculpted body give a good indication of what is to be expected from future Opel production monocabs.
The Opel Meriva added a new dimension to the minivan segment when it was introduced in May 2003, and has been market leader in Europe since then. The Meriva goes into 2006 with a new design and new engines, plus an extended range of technological features. The new edition of the compact minivan is now available at dealerships, as is the all-new high-performance version, the Meriva OPC with 180 turbo hp. Prices for the spacious and multi-variable five-seater, which has sold more than 500,000 since its debut, start at 14,520 euros in Germany.