For those of you on the east side of the Atlantic, start saving up for what could be the only car you’ll ever need. According to Opel’s media site, the Gamma II-based Meriva MPV will be priced just under 16,000 Euros – a little more than its smaller relative, the Opel Corsa.
Opel unveiled the next-gen MPV to the world at the Geneva Motor Show last week and – in case you missed it – we have a fairly detailed write-up outlining the car’s features right here. In a nutshell, the Meriva is a very unique vehicle: it overlaps the categories of a compact hatch, a small CUV, and a minivan all thanks to a thoughtful setup. The Meriva features higher ground clearance than the typical econo-hatch as well as suicide doors so that “parents and children can enter and exit the car together,” all in the package of a subcompact vehicle. Hopefully the Chevrolet Orlando will allow North American consumers to catch the MPV craze and bring more of these utilitarian and fuel-efficient vehicles to market.
The all-new Meriva offers three trim packages – the Cosmo, Enjoy, and Essentia – along with engine options ranging from 75bhp to 140bhp. Click past the break to see what the Meriva’s three trim levels have to offer as well as for our high-res gallery!
Here’s what’s included in the Meriva’s trim levels:
- The Essentia level includes the Meriva’s FlexSpace and FlexDoors systems, the space saving Electric Park Brake (EPB), heated power exterior mirrors, front power windows, remote control for doors, tailgate and fuel filler cap locking, the FlexFloor (the floor can be raised to bumper height for ease of loading and under-floor stowage), a seat height adjuster for the driver, and a height and reach-adjustable steering column (telescoping).
- The Enjoy level adds air conditioning, a radio CD300 system with MP3 capability, and the FlexRail storage system between the front seats that features a tray with cup holder. On top of that, the Enjoy adds side and curtain head airbags (optional on Essentia). When it comes to the interior, the customer can choose between three colour combinations.
- Compared to Enjoy, the top-of-the-line Cosmo trim adds front and rear power windows, front fog lamps, a board computer, cruise control, a leather steering wheel with controls, the flexible front armrest from the FlexRail system as well as 16-inch alloy wheels. The Cosmo trim level is available in two colour combinations for the interior.
For anyone wondering, there will also be a Vauxhall version under the same nameplate. But GM Authority’s own Alex Luft would like to see the Meriva be introduced as a Chevrolet in the North American market to slot in underneath the Orlando!