Opel/Vauxhall announced a revised and refreshed version of its good-looking MPV, the Meriva. Going on sale next month in Europe and UK, the Meriva gets the firm’s all-new 1.6 CDTi diesel engine with Euro 6 emissions standard and excellent fuel economy.
Fuel economy is of course the main characteristic of any diesel engine, and this one doesn’t disappoint with an average rating of 64.2mpg combined and 116g/km of CO2 emissions (4.4 liters per 100 kilometers). But it is also quite gutsy for a 1.6 diesel unit, developing 136PS and 320Nm of torque.
The new engine joins the petrol engine lineup, comprising a 1.4 with 100PS, and a 1.4T with 120 & 140PS, which are now also offered in combination with a reworked low-friction six-speed automatic transmission.
Other upgrades for the new Opel/Vauxhall Meriva include a new grille, chrome accents that frame the front fog lamps and newly-designed headlamps with an ‘eagle-eye’ graphic. For the first time, LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights are available as an option. Complementing the design revisions are new optional 18-inch alloy wheels. Vauxhall’s 100K miles warranty in the UK is also included.