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Opel Meriva

Opel Meriva (Germany, 2010-present)

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Review

The second generation Opel Meriva is on sale since June 2010. The second-generation Meriva was designed and developed in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and wears Opel’s new design language.

On the exterior, it introduces FlexDoors, a rear-hinged rear door system that facilitates cabin access.

Inside, the cabin features an improved FlexSpace rear seating system, greater interior storage space enhanced by FlexRail, a concept for adaptable center console storage.



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Interior

The FlexSpace rear seating system inherited from the first Meriva generation has been further developed.  Fewer motions are now necessary to move the rear seats and change configurations.

The seats from the FlexSpace system allow the rear passengers to also sit higher than the occupants of the front seats in a so-called “theater-seating” that provides great visibility onto the road.

Throughout the cabin, storage space has increased considerably; the Meriva features in total up to 32 accessible locations for items which are most commonly carried. The new Front Seats use a similar structure as those in the Astra and Insignia.



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Design

Meriva moves forward Opel’s new design language. A lower, sweeping roof-line and Opel’s signature blade side-body motif combine with a wave rear window line to give the new Meriva a fresh character.

The cabin is available with six different color and trim combinations.



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Chassis and suspension

At 4288 mm, the new Meriva has a 15 mm longer wheelbase, with 39 mm wider front- and 45 mm rear tracks over the first generation. Its front and rear axles are derived from the Zafira.

Electro-hydraulic power steering replaces the previous all-electric set-up. Standard active safety features include a braking system with four discs, electronic stability control and traction control.



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Engines and transmissions

The new Meriva’s powertrain line-up is ranges from 55 kW/75 hp to 103 kW/140 hp. All engines comply with the Euro 5 emissions standards.

The gasoline line-up contains three variants of the new generation 1.4-liter multi-valve engine:

The entry 100 hp 1.4 liter is the only naturally-aspirated unit in the offer and features variable valve timing.

A brand-new 1.4 Turbo 88 kW/120 hp with 175 Nm of torque makes its world debut in the Meriva, replacing the 1.6 with 105 hp, for a 10 percent reduction in CO2 and fuel consumption.

A more powerful 1.4 Turbo 103 kW/140 hp version tops the offer. It provides 200 Nm of torque and is equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox.

The full diesel line up:

The entry-level 1.3 CDTI (55 kW/75 hp) version with an average fuel consumption of 4.9 l/100 km with only 129 g/km CO2.

The new 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX variant (70 kW/95 hp) requires 4.5 l/100 km and emits 119 g/km CO2.

The 1.7 CDTI (74 kW/100 hp) comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The new 1.7 CDTI engine (81 kW/110 hp) makes a debut on the Meriva with six-speed manual transmission;

The new top-of-the-line 1.7 CDTI (96 kW/130 hp) replaces the 92 kW/125 hp variant from the previous generation. It requires 5.2 l/100 km.



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Opel entered the automobile business in 1899, selling Opel-Lutzmann cars, the first of them being the “Patent Motor Car”. Partnership between Opel and Lutzman was terminated in 1901 and Adam Opel’s son initiated a new contract with the French carmaker Darracq that allowed the German company to built Opel-Darracq cars. These cars received their chassis from Darracq and their bodies from Opel.

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