The outgoing model's suicide doors will be replaced by a conventional setup.
MPVs are not the most exciting cars out there, but we do find the outgoing Meriva interesting mainly because of its suicide doors (aka ‘FlexDoors’). Unfortunately, these won’t live to see a new generation since the new multi-purpose vehicle will revert to a convention door layout as the original Meriva A launched in 2003.
It won’t be the only significant change compared to the outgoing model if we take into account the new one will adopt a crossover-influenced design as it will be the case with sister model 2017 Citroën C3 Picasso. Both will look like MPVs on stilts and could lure in more buyers by combining the increased ground clearance of a crossover with the roomy interior of a people carrier.
While Opel’s version will share some of its styling cues with the Mokka X, its French counterpart will have a more funky design inspired by the C4 Cactus from where it could inherit the so-called plastic air bumps. Both vehicles will ride on a PSA platform, but will feature different exterior and interior designs to set the two apart.
The new Meriva will likely source its engines from the latest Astra, so expect the range to kick off with a turbocharged three-cylinder, 1.0-liter unit with 105 hp (77 kW). Should you need more oomph, there will probably be a larger 1.4-liter with 125 hp (92 kW) and 150 hp (110 kW). If fuel economy is your main priority, Opel will offer its latest 1.6 CDTI 'whisper diesel' which in the Astra can be had in 95 hp (70 kW) and 136 hp (100 kW) flavors.
Look for an official debut at the Paris Motor Show in October where the Spain-built 2017 Meriva C will share the spotlight with the all-new Insignia. Citroën will likely have the new C3 Picasso on display as well.