Opel Meriva

The Opel Meriva is a front-engined, front-wheel-drive five door, five passenger MPV manufactured and marketed by the German automaker Opel on its Corsa platform, from May 2003 until June 2017 across two generations — as a mini MPV in its first generation under the Meriva A nameplate and in its second generation as a compact MPV, the latter as the Meriva B.

Opel Meriva
Opel Meriva B front 20100723.jpg
ManufacturerOpel (General Motors)
Also calledVauxhall Meriva
Body and chassis
ClassMini MPV (M) (2003–2010)
Compact MPV (M) (2010–2017)
Body style5-door MPV
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
SuccessorOpel Crossland X

In the United Kingdom, it was 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
Also calledChevrolet Meriva (South America)
Vauxhall Meriva (United Kingdom)
Production2003–2010 (Spain)
2003–2012 (South America) (until 2013 in Argentina)
Body and chassis
ClassMini MPV (M)
Body style5-door MPV
PlatformGamma platform
RelatedOpel Corsa C
Opel Combo C
Opel Tigra TwinTop
Wheelbase2,630 mm (103.5 in)
Length4,050 mm (159.4 in)
Width1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height1,625 mm (64.0 in)

The first generation, named the Meriva A, was based on the third generation Opel Corsa C. It went on sale in May 2003. The first official pictures of the Meriva were released in August 2002.[2]

Like its larger counterpart, the Zafira, the Meriva had a flexible interior, marketed as FlexSpace. Although it only had five seats divided into two rows, the second row could slide forward or backward, or be flattened into the floor, making a flat, level platform for increased boot space. The second row could accommodate two or three passengers.

In the two passenger mode, the seats were separated from the doors and from each other much like the front seats. In three passenger mode, the back seat looked like a regular one piece seat. The front seat could be pushed fully backwards.

The Meriva was sold in South America (except in Chile) from 2003 through 2012 (2013 in Argentina) 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 José dos Campos, Brazil.


Initial launchEdit

From launch, there were three petrol engines and one diesel engine. In 2005, the 1.6 8v petrol engine was replaced with a more powerful and efficient 1.4 engine. The 2.5 Turbo was available with a six speed manual gearbox as standard, and the other engines had a five speed manual gearbox as standard. The 1.6 (16v) and 1.8 petrols were available with a five 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 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp)
  • 1.8, with 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp)

Both 1.4 and 1.8 were 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)
  • 1.7 CDTI, with 125 PS (92 kW; 123 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 (2010–2017)Edit

Meriva B
Also calledVauxhall Meriva (United Kingdom)
Opel Meriva Activan (Denmark)
Opel Meriva Crossvan (Israel)
AssemblySpain: Zaragoza
DesignerNiels Loeb (2006)
Body and chassis
ClassCompact MPV (M)
Body style5-door MPV
PlatformGM Fiat Small
RelatedOpel Corsa D
Engine1.4 L I4 (petrol)
1.4 L I4 turbo (petrol)
1.3 L I4 (diesel)
1.7 L I4 (diesel)
Transmission5-speed manual
6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,644 mm (104.1 in)
Length4,288 mm (168.8 in)
Width1,812 mm (71.3 in)
Height1,615 mm (63.6 in)
SuccessorOpel Crossland X

The second generation, named the Meriva B, is slightly larger in size than the previous generation, and is classified as a compact MPV.[5] The market launch took place on 12 June 2010.

The Meriva B appeared in November 2009. The new model is 4,288 mm (168.8 in) in length, up from the 4,052 mm (159.5 in) of the previous 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 seven seater Zafira Tourer. The interior is similar to that of the 2009 to 2015 Astra and Insignia.[6][7]

The new Meriva uses front seat technology from the Insignia and Astra. The seat adjustment range is 240 mm (9.4 in) in length and 65 mm (2.6 in) in height.

The Meriva B debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show in March, and went into production in July 2010. The Meriva has rear-hinged rear doors, marketed as "FlexDoors". A panoramic sunroof is also available as standard on the top spec versions.[8][9]

The Meriva B ended production in June 2017, and was replaced by an urban crossover named the Crossland X, and also a transition from MPV to SUV design, sister of the future replacement of the Citroën C3 Picasso.


From launch, the Meriva was available with five engines (three petrol, two diesel). The 1.7 diesel was only available with a six speed automatic gearbox, and the 1.4 turbo (140 PS) and 1.7 (130 hp) were only available with a six speed manual gearbox. Since September 2010, two more engines became available, both diesel, the 1.3 (95 hp) and the 1.7 (130 hp).[10] 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 six speed automatic gearbox became available for the 1.4T (120) petrol engine.[11]

In January 2014. Opel introduced newly developed engine with restyled Meriva: 1.6 CDTI engine with 95 PS, 110 PS, and 136 PS.[12]

Petrol engine
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Note CO2 emission (g/km) Years
1.4 VVT I4 1,398 cc 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) @6,000 rpm 130 N⋅m (96 lb⋅ft) @4,000 rpm 144 (2010–2011)

143 (2011–2017)

1.4T VVT 1,364 cc 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) @6,000 rpm 175 N⋅m (129 lb⋅ft) @1,750-4,800 rpm 143 (2010–2011)

139 (2011–2017)

140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) @4,900-6,000 rpm 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft)@1,850-4,900 rpm 156 (2010–2011)

151 (2011–2017)

Diesel engine
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Note CO2 emission (g/km) Years
1.3 CDTI I4 1,248 cc 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) @4,000 rpm 180 N⋅m (133 lb⋅ft) @1,750-2,500 rpm 129 2010–2014
1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) @4,000 rpm 180 N⋅m (133 lb⋅ft)@1,750-3,500 rpm 119 (2010–2017)

109 (2011–2017)

1.6 CDTI ecoFLEX S/S 1,598 cc 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) @3,500 rpm 280 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft)@1,500-1,750 rpm 105 2014–2017
110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) @3,500 rpm 300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft)@1,750-2,000 rpm 105 2014–2017
136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) @3,500-4,000 rpm 320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft)@2,000-2,500 rpm 116 2013–2017
1.7 CDTI 1,686 cc 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) @4,000 rpm 260 N⋅m (192 lb⋅ft)@1,700-2,550 rpm auto only 168 2010–'11
110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) @4,000 rpm 160 2011–2014
130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) @4,000 rpm 300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft)@2,000-2,500 rpm 138 2010–2014


A facelifted version was presented as a world premiere at the Brussels International Motor Show in January 2014.[13][citation needed] It was also presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Opel. Opel In Spain". Car-cat.com. Archived from the original on 29 April 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Vauxhall Meriva 2002 review". autoexpress.co.uk. 20 August 2002. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  3. ^ "This Is The New Chevrolet Spin". GM Authority. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  4. ^ Chevrolet Imprensa - Brasil (2012). "Chevrolet Meriva". media.gm.com (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. 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
  5. ^ "Opel Media - Europe - Meriva". Media.opel.com. Archived from the original on 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  6. ^ "New Vauxhall Meriva review". Motortorque.com. 2010-04-20. Retrieved 2010-04-20.
  7. ^ "The Meriva B in detail". Motoring-news.com. 2010-04-07. Retrieved 2010-04-07.
  8. ^ "It's all-clear on new Meriva | Auto Express News | News". Auto Express. 2009-11-08. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
  9. ^ "Vauxhall Meriva news - New Meriva: unhinged - 2009 - BBC Top Gear". Topgear.com. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
  10. ^ "The New More Efficient Vauxhall Meriva Diesel Engines". Carpages.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-10-02.
  11. ^ "Vauxhall Official Site™ - New Cars - Used Cars - Vans". vauxhall.co.uk. Retrieved 15 July 2015.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "The Opel Meriva: Great Upgrade for Ergonomics & Flexibility Champion". media.opel.de. Retrieved 2014-01-22.
  13. ^ "New Opel Meriva: World Premiere at the Brussels Motor Show". media.gm.com. Retrieved 15 July 2015.

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