What is the Opel Meriva? 0
What is the new Opel Meriva? What is it going to look like? And how will the parent company of Vauxhall be able to feasibly create and aesthetically pleasing crossover from borrowed parts of other vehicles? These are rather serious question which may require many hours of pondering
The Opel/Vauxhall Meriva was introduced as a mini MPV way back in 2003. Then, the second generation was introduced in 2010 as a compact MPV and now, the third generation, set for release in 2017, will be a crossover SUV. But, from multiple reports, pictures and business deals, it sounds as if it will be made up from multiple different vehicles. Are you no wondering what it will be?
There was a recent deal between GM (parent company of both Opel and Vauxhall) and the PSA Group (parent company of both Peugeot and Citroën) which led to Citroën and Opel sharing and cooperating on the Meriva project together. Therefore, it has been reported that the two vehicles may look very similar as they will share Citroën’s EMP2 architecture, chassis and the panelling may be identical. From the sounds of it, maybe only the powertrains will be Opel’s, or maybe not.
The interior of the Meriva has taken most of its design from the interior of the Vauxhall Astra. This includes the control panels, the gauge panels and the infotainment system that can be seen in the Astra (which recently won the 2016 European Car of the Year Award). If one was to also look at the D pillar, there is a striking resemblance to the Vauxhall Adam range too.
So, the Vauxhall/Opel Meriva does sound as if it is just a mix match of multiple different vehicles but, it is an extremely clever move undertaken by Opel. Crossover SUV are becoming ever increasingly more popular, and with the increasing popularity of the car manufacturer too, it is a plan which only seems to benefit the companies aim to see profit for the first time in years.