Opel Meriva

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Opel Meriva
Opel Meriva B front 20100723.jpg
Manufacturer Opel
Production 2003–present
Body and chassis
Class Mini MPV (2002–2010)
Compact MPV (2010–present)
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive

The Opel Meriva is a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) engineered and produced by the German manufacturer Opel, from May 2003 to present. Its first generation was classified as a mini MPV, whereas the second generation is a compact MPV.

In the United Kingdom, it is marketed as the Vauxhall Meriva, while in South America, the first generation was marketed as the Chevrolet Meriva.

Meriva A (2003–2010)[edit]

Meriva A
Opel Meriva front 20071126.jpg
Also called Chevrolet Meriva (South America)
Vauxhall Meriva (United Kingdom)
Production 2003–2010
2003–2012 (South America)
Assembly Zaragoza, Spain[1]
São Caetano do Sul, Brazil (GM Brazil)
Body and chassis
Class Mini MPV
Body style 5-door monocab[2]
Platform Gamma platform
Related Opel Corsa C
Opel Combo C
Opel Tigra TwinTop
Wheelbase 2,630 mm (103.5 in)
Length 4,050 mm (159.4 in)
Width 1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height 1,625 mm (64.0 in)
Successor Chevrolet Spin (South America)

The first generation, named the Meriva A, is based on the third-generation Opel Corsa C. It went on sale in May 2003.

Like its bigger sibling, the Zafira, the Meriva has a flexible interior, named FlexSpace. Although it only has five seats in two rows, the second row can be moved forward and backwards, or pushed into the floor, making a straight platform for increased boot space. The second row can accommodate two or three passengers. In the two-passenger mode, the seats are separated from the doors and from each other much like the front seats. In three-passenger mode the back seat looks like a regular one-piece seat. The front seat can be pushed fully backwards while the rear passengers can still get more than a decent amount of leg room.

The Meriva was sold in South America (except in Chile) from 2003 through 2012 as the Chevrolet Meriva, where it was replaced in 2012 by the Chevrolet Spin.[3] The initial version had been co-developed by Opel and General Motors do Brasil.[4] It was built in São Caetano do Sul, Brazil.


Initial launch[edit]

From launch, there were 3 petrol engines and 1 diesel engine. In 2005, the 1.6 8v petrol engine was replaced with a more powerful and efficient 1.4 engine. The 1.6 Turbo was available with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, and the other engines had a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. The 1.6 (16v) and 1.8 petrols were available with a 5-speed 'Easytronic' gearbox as an option.


  • 1.4 TWINPORT, with 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) (from 2005)
  • 1.6 (8v), with 85 PS (63 kW; 84 hp)
  • 1.6 (16v), with 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp)
  • 1.8, with 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp)

Both 1.4 and 1.8 are available as flexfuel in Brazil.


  • 1.7 CDTI, with 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp)



  • 1.4 TWINPORT, with 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp)
  • 1.6 TWINPORT 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp)
  • 1.8, with 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp)
  • 1.6 Turbo, with 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) (OPC/VXR model only)


  • 1.3 CDTI, with 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp)
  • 1.7 CDTI, with 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp)


When the Meriva was facelifted in February 2006, the front and rear ends were revised, and three new/revised engines came along as well as an extra trim level, the OPC/VXR.

Meriva B (2010–present)[edit]

Meriva B
Opel Meriva 1.4 Design Edition (B) – Frontansicht, 11. März 2012, Heiligenhaus.jpg
Also called Vauxhall Meriva (United Kingdom)
Production 2010–present
Assembly Zaragoza, Spain
Designer Niels Loeb
Body and chassis
Class Compact MPV
Body style 5-door monocab[2]
Platform SCCS platform
Related Opel Corsa D
Opel Combo
Engine 1.4 L I4 (petrol)
1.4 L I4 turbo (petrol)
1.3 L I4 (diesel)
1.7 L I4 (diesel)
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,644 mm (104.1 in)
Length 4,288 mm (168.8 in)
Width 1,812 mm (71.3 in)
Height 1,615 mm (63.6 in)

The second generation, named the Meriva B, is slightly larger in size than the previous generation and is classified as a compact MPV.[2]

The Meriva B appeared in 2009. The new model is 4,288mm in length, up from the 4,052mm of the old version which was based on the Corsa. The new model uses revised suspension layout from the former version but with a floorpan associated with the Opel seven seat Zafira Tourer MPV.

Inside the design and layout of the controls, instruments and overall the higher quality reflects the theme offered by the new Astra and Insignia ranges.[5][6]

The new Meriva has adopted a more expressive and dynamic silhouette to its basic cab forward MPV design. Like the Insignia and Astra, a ‘blade’ features down the side of the body, complementing a window line with a distinct ‘wave’ accentuating the FlexDoors, allowing panoramic views for rear passengers. The design theme continues in the Meriva’s cabin, with cues taken from the Insignia and Astra enhancing the perceived quality of the materials.

The new Meriva’s seat comfort has also advanced, with the adoption of front seat technology from the Insignia and Astra. Like these cars, the Meriva offers the biggest range of seat adjustment in class, extending to 240 mm (9.4 in) in length and 65 mm (2.6 in) in height. An new generation of front seats, based on those in the Insignia and new Astra, make their début in the Meriva. Generously proportioned and supportive, with a class-leading range of adjustment, they offer a level of comfort typical of vehicles in a larger segment.

The increased footprint contributes to more stable handling and inherently better road-holding capability. The front and rear axle are derived from the Zafira, which is well established as one of the best handling vehicles in the subcompact sector.

The Meriva B debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show in March, and went into production in July 2010. The Meriva is the first (and only) car in the MPV class to have suicide rear doors, which Opel call 'FlexDoors'. A panoramic sunroof is also available as standard on the top spec versions.[7][8]

Available in most Merivas is an all-new 'FlexRail'. Located in the middle of the car, it 'provides convenient and adaptable storage for a wide range of everyday items and is an uninterrupted storage zone that extends rearward from the base of the centre stack and is accessible from the rear seats'. This means, however, that the gear lever is raised and an electronic parking brake is standard.[9][10]


From launch, the Meriva was available with 5 engines (3 petrol, 2 diesel). The 1.7 diesel is only available with a 6-speed automatic gearbox and the 1.4 turbo (140 PS) and 1.7 (130 hp) are only available with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Since September 2010, 2 more engines have been available, both diesel - the 1.3 (95 hp) and the 1.7 (130 hp).[11] All petrol engines are Ecotec.

From 2011, Stop/Start was added to certain engines [Engines with (S/S) are bold in CO2 column], a cleaner, more powerful 1.7 CDTI auto was added, and the petrol engines became slightly more efficient. A 6-speed automatic gearbox will soon be available for the 1.4T (120) petrol engine.[12]

In January 2014. Opel introduced newly developed engine with restyled Meriva: 1.6 CDTI engine with 95 PS, 110 PS, and 136 PS.[13]

Petrol engine
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Note CO2 emission (g/km) Years
1.4 VVT I4 1398 cc 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) @6000 rpm 130 N·m (96 lb·ft) @4000 rpm 144 (2010–2011)

143 (2011-)

1.4T VVT 1364 cc 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) @6000 rpm 175 N·m (129 lb·ft) @1750-4800 rpm 143 (2010–2011)

139 (2011-)

140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) @4900-6000 rpm 200 N·m (148 lb·ft)@1850-4900 rpm 156 (2010–2011)

151 (2011-)

Diesel engine
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Note CO2 emission (g/km) Years
1.3 CDTI I4 1248 cc 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) @4000 rpm 180 N·m (133 lb·ft) @1750-2500 rpm 129 2010-2014
1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) @4000 rpm 180 N·m (133 lb·ft)@1750-3500 rpm 119 (2010-)

109 (2011-)

1.6 CDTI ecoFLEX S/S 1598 cc 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) @3500 rpm 280 N·m (207 lb·ft)@1500-1750 rpm 105 2014 -
110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) @3500 rpm 300 N·m (221 lb·ft)@1750-2000 rpm 105 2014 -
136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) @3500-4000 rpm 320 N·m (236 lb·ft)@2000-2500 rpm 116 2013-
1.7 CDTI 1686 cc 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) @4000 rpm 260 N·m (192 lb·ft)@1700-2550 rpm auto only 168 2010–'11
110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) @4000 rpm 160 2011-2014
130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) @4000 rpm 300 N·m (221 lb·ft)@2000-2500 rpm 138 2010-2014


A facelifted version was presented as a world premiere at the Brussels International Motor Show in January 2014.[14][15]


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  4. ^ Chevrolet Imprensa - Brasil (2012). "Chevrolet Meriva". media.gm.com (in Portuguese). Retrieved 21 October 2012. Monovolume desenvolvido de forma global dentro da General Motors do Brasil e da Opel, subsidiária da GM na Europa, o Meriva está entre os modelos mais vendidos da Chevrolet no País 
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  12. ^ http://www.vauxhall.co.uk/fleet/latest-news/2012/june/petrol-auto-for-meriva.html
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  14. ^ http://media.gm.com/content/media/intl/en/opel/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/intl/en/2014/opel/01-14-new-opel-meriva-at-bruesseler-autosalon.html
  15. ^ http://autosalon.be/en/salon/visiteur/news-infos/premiere/

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