New Vauxhall Meriva will opt for SUV style 0
The new version, will feature greater ground clearance and an off-roader like design, but the vehicle, which may even take a different name, won’t be a true SUV – reports AutomotiveNewsEurope, as the car maker is attempting to keep development costs down.
Likely to be underpinned by a PSA Group platform, a by-product of the link between parent company GM and the French automaker, the next gen Meriva was initially also conceived as a minivan, but after Vauxhall nor Opel could make it work with the new architecture, the idea was dropped. CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said, “We tried to do a Meriva and failed and we said maybe this is not the right car”.
The new Meriva will be manufactured at Opel’s plant in Zaragoza, Spain, alongside replacements for the Peugeot 2008 and Citroen C3 Picasso.
Following hot on the heels of the new Meriva will be a compact crossover, which will replace the Zafira MPV and Antara SUV, and will be assembled by PSA in Sochaux, France, along with the 3008.