Around since 2010 in the second generation, the Opel/Vauxhall Meriva will ditch its minivan styling for a crossover look once its replacement will hit the market next year.
Despite coming with an increased ground clearance and an off-roader-like design, the vehicle, which could adopt a different moniker, won’t be a true SUV, according to AutomotiveNewsEurope, as the automaker is trying to keep development costs down.
Set to be underpinned by a PSA Group platform, as part of the partnership between parent company General Motors and the French automaker, the next generation Meriva was initially designed as a minivan, but since Opel/Vauxhall couldn’t make it work on the new architecture, the plan was dropped. “We tried to do a Meriva and failed and so we said maybe this is not the right car“, CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said.
The new Meriva will be produced at the brand’s plant in Zaragoza, Spain, along with the replacements for the Peugeot 2008 and Citroen C3 Picasso.