9 October 2013

Meriva gets a refresh, new engine

A new 1.6 diesel in the refreshed Opel Meriva is more powerful but more frugal than the 1.7 diesel it replaces, writes Brian Byrne.

The Euro-6 compliant engine will make the rear-hinged doors small MPV a better deal for buyers, which will also be more distinctive with new grille, chrome accents and freshly-designed headlamps.

New LED daylight running lights will be an option when the car is launched in RHD form for January.

The FlexDoors offer a 20 percent wider opening for rear seat passengers, making loading children and child-seats easier than in comparable cars.

The 136hp 1.6 diesel was first offered by Opel in the big-brother MPV the Zafira Tourer, and in the Meriva allows a sub-10 seconds sprint to 100km/h.

A 64.2mpg equivalent fuel consumption is reflected by the 116g/km CO2 emissions.

The petrol engine range, 1.4 100hp, 1.4T 120hp and 140hp, are now fully Euro-6 compliant.