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First official photos of new Opel Meriva

By SYF77 on 07 Jan 2010

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General Motors' UK arm, Vauxhall and consequently Opel, has just pulled the covers off the all-new Meriva. The new mini-MPV is the first Opel to feature GM's FlexDoor technology, showcased on the 2008 Meriva concept model.

FlexDoors is a concept whereby the rear-hinged back doors swing open towards the back of the car at an angle of nearly 90 degree. Even though the Meriva still uses a central B-pillar, the company said that the Flexdoors vastly improve the ease with which occupants enter and leave the cabin. Unlike other suicide-door applications such as on the Mazda RX-8, Rolls Royce Phantom and Ghost, the Meriva's front and rear doors can open independently.

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The Meriva's exterior styling has remained relatively close to the concept model, keeping many features like the unique glasshouse design that incorporates a downward kink at the back doors just behind the B-pillar. It also shares many styling cues with both the Insignia and Astra. I find the styling quite contemporary and it should give occupants an airy feeling. No interior photos were released at the moment.

The mini-MPV's interior versatility will be boosted by the improved FlexSpace system that allows easier fold-down of the three individual rear seats that can also be mounted back independently to create more boot, leg or shoulder room. Power will come from a lineup of six turbocharged diesel and gasoline units with outputs ranging from 75 to 140PS.

Although I do not have the dimensions of the new Meriva, I guess it should be around the size of the Honda Freed. This new baby from Opel will be formally introduced at the Geneva Motorshow come March.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Fourwheels Jan 07 2010 10:45 PM
nice car. actually the rear door opening do not look great.

prefer sliding door for MPV
Joseph22 Jan 07 2010 11:47 PM
sliding door of MPV dont think practical for car that small size.
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