The updated Opel Meriva made its world premiere at the Brussels Motor Show (January 16-26) following the release of the first official photos in October.
The facelifted Meriva features subtle changes compared to the model launched in 2010, including a wider grille with more chrome, redesigned darkened headlights with available LED daytime running lights, and smoked LED taillights with a rearranged interior design. The small MPV also gets chrome trim highlighting the window wave-shaped beltline and newly-designed 17- and 18-inch wheels.
The cabin gets the new IntelliLink infotainment system with integrated navigation and voice control. The system’s 7-inch display also serves as a monitor for the newly-available rear-view camera. Opel’s FlexRail central console was redesigned for improved functionality, while legroom for the central rear passenger is now increased thanks to shorter rails.
In terms of powertrains, the facelifted Meriva gets the new generation 1.6-liter CDTI diesel unit that debuted in the Zafira Tourer. The engine produces 136 PS (134hp) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque while averaging 4.4 liters per 100 km (53.4 mpg US) and CO2 emissions of 116 g/km. Emissions are reduced by 10 percent compared to the engine’s predecessor, the 130PS (129hp) 1.7-liter unit.
Opel says one upcoming 109hp (110PS) version of the same engine will enable fuel consumption as low as 3.8 l/100 km (61.9 mpg US), with CO2 emissions of 99 g/km.
All engines available in the restyled Meriva comply with the Euro 6 emissions standard. Like the diesel, the 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline units (120PS and 140PS) are now also offered with a reworked low-friction six-speed automatic transmission.
The facelifted Opel Meriva is already available to order, with deliveries starting after the Brussels Motor Show. Prices start from €15,990 ($21,790) in Germany.
By Dan Mihalascu