OPEL have made some changes to its popular Meriva, making the car more efficient, better looking and more functional.
Gazette motoring will carry a full road test of the car once it becomes available, but in the meantime we have the latest specs and features of the versatile MPV.
Launching on these shores in April, the new Meriva will be available from a lower price of €18,995.
On the exterior the Meriva, stands out with a crisper design, new chrome accents and newly designed front and rear lights. Opel’s new generation 1.6 136hp turbo diesel engine is introduced, this is the quietest and most efficient engine in the class, consuming as low as 3.8 litres per 100km and qualifies in vehicle road tax band A4 (€200).
Later this year and for the first time in a petrol or diesel MPV, emissions will go under 100g– with just 99g/km CO2 when a 1.6 CDTi 110hp variant is introduced.
The Meriva comes with features such as: rear-hinged FlexDoors to make access easier, variable rear seating system called FlexSpace, ergonomic front seats and numerous storage solutions. Opel’s very own FlexFix, a fully integrated, rear-end bicycle carrier system is ideal for active individuals and families.
The new IntelliLink multimedia system is also introduced, allowing the streaming of music and calls through Bluetooth phones, tablets or portable devices. Voice commands for navigation, phone calls and music tracks have also been introduced. It will even display texts to stay connected throughout every journey.
The new Meriva has achieved the maximum five star result in the Euro NCAP crash test. Additionally, in the new German TÜV Report 2014 found that the Meriva was found to be the car with the lowest defect rate and also best quality among two to three year old vehicles and even beat other manufactures in the premium segment for this accolade, as a result it has been awarded the TÜV Gold Certificate.
Trim options for the Meriva are:
Entry Model S: Features daytime running lights, FlexSpace adjustable rear seats, FlexFloor – an adjustable luggage compartment floor that can be lowered to give you more load height and volume, CD with USB for iPod/ MP3 player and aux-in sockets, electric front windows and heated door Mirrors, door-to-door illumination, remote central dead locking and driver’s seat height adjuster, electronic stability programme-plus and an anti-lock braking system.
Best Selling SC Trim: Adds additional features such as air conditioning, cruise control, active-safety front seat head restraints, FlexRail centre console system featuring aluminium rails and sliding tray/cup holder, Full-size curtain airbags, active-safety front seat head restraints, steering wheel mounted audio controls, ambient lighting in centre console, front seat back pockets, 12-volt electrical accessory socket in rear centre console, rear courtesy lights, Remote control security alarm system on 1.6CDTi models.
Premium SE Trim: Add addional features from SC such as; Panoramic glass roof with electrically operated sunshade, 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, front fog lights with chrome surrounds, dark-tinted rear windows, multi-function trip computer, electrically operated rear windows, leather-covered steering wheel, leather-covered gear knob (manual models only), front sliding centre storage module with armrest and lid, aviation-style folding trays on front seat backs, driver’s under seat storage box, front passenger’s under seat storage tray, front and rear door sill step plates, full body-colour door mirrors, chrome-effect lower side-window mouldings.