2006 Opel Meriva review and pictures

Posted on Saturday, 15 April 2006 , 07:04:47 byEmil

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Opel Meriva

The minivan segment received a new dimension through the introduction of the Opel Meriva in 2003, having been a market leader ever since. However, the year 2006 brings some changes to the car model, concerning the design and engines, as well as a wide range of technological features. It is priced at 14,520 euros in Germany. The new design shows a distinctive grille's wide chrome crossbar together with a dynamic design line, clearly reflecting the package of exclusive technology for this segment. The interior provides nothing more but driving excitement due to its new upholstery featuring modern colors, as well as chrome accents. The new 1.3 CDTI engine comprising common-rail injection, four-valve technology and swirl control, raises an output of 55 kW/75HP. The 1.6 TWINPORT ECOTEC represents the second new engine in the Meriva range and it was used for Zafira and Astra. With an average fuel consumption of 6.7 liters per 100 kilometers, this engine produces 105 HP and a top speed of 181 km/h. As a premiere in its class, the Opel minivan offers its enthusiast customers halogen cornering and curve light, making nighttime driving safer and more comfortable. Other features of the standard equipment are enhanced by the Quick Heat option, headlamps and interior lighting. An electrically-powered warm-air blower follows a cold start, then heats the interior cabin until the water circulation in the engine achieves the temperature that is necessary to keep the interior warm. Over 500,000 Meriva have been sold since the car's debut in 2003.