Spy photos of new Opel Meriva surface

Posted on Thursday, 1 October 2009 , 08:10:50 byEmil

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Spy photos of new Opel Meriva surface

What we have here is a series of spy photos showing the new Opel Meriva. In these new series of photos we get to see that the next generation Opel Meriva keeps at least some of the characteristics of the concept version that was publicly presented at the 2008 edition of the Geneva Auto Show. More precisely, the new Opel Meriva will have a central B-pillar, rear hinged back doors that open at a full 90 degress. We were able to see these details even though the next generation of the five seat MPV Opel Meriva was spied wearing heavy camouflage.

From what it seems, when the vehicle is stationary the passengers are able to open the rear doors when the front doors are closed. This is a characteristic that has been kept from the concept versions shown at the 2008 Geneva Auto Show.

Other interesting features that we get to see in the spy pictures below include three individual seats at the back of the car that can be pushed inwards and backwards to create more legroom or that can be individually folded down to increase the luggage capacity. It is also important to mention that the next generation Opel Meriva will hit the British market under the Vauxhall logo.

Even though the next generation Opel Meriva is still heavy camouflaged, we get to see that it will have a lot of common design lines and patterns with the ones found on more successful models of the German automaker, like the Opel Insignia or the new Opel Astra.

The new Opel Meriva will get its power from a large engine range, which includes both a diesel range and a petrol range of engines. Diesel lovers will be glad to choose from either a 2.0 liter CDTI, a 1.3 liter CDTI or a 1.7 liter CDTI engine. Moving on towards the gasoline engines, potential buyers will have the option to choose a 1.6 liter turbo engine that has an output of 180 horsepower (that will be used for a sporty Opel Meriva OPC version), a 1.4 liter naturally aspired engine that has an output of 100 horsepower, a 1.4 liter turbocharged engine that has an output of 140 horsepower and a 1.6 liter naturally aspired engine that has an output of 115 horsepower.

The new Opel Meriva will most likely hit the European market towards the end of May 2010. The public debut will take place probably during the 2010 Geneva Auto Show that will take place in March.

Photos via carscoop