A barely-camouflaged Opel Meriva MPV was recently spotted undergoing testing in China. The Gamma-based MPV will cradle GM’s 1.4 liter turbocharged four-cylinder Ecotec engine making 138 horsepower, and will be joined by the Zafira Tourer MPV, the Insignia Sports Tourer, and the Astra GTC — all of which are part of a larger product offensive for Opel in China.
However, due to the presence and widespread popularity of the Buick brand in China — which is (or will become) the analogue of Opel–Vauxhall in North America and China, General Motors will import Opels into the country, rather than building them locally — resulting in a higher price of the vehicles due to hefty import tariffs; GM’s Cadillac brand faced the same competitive disadvantage before GM began building the luxury vehicles for the Chinese market in China. As such, the Meriva is expected to carry a starting price of roughly 200,000 yuan, or $32,000 USD.
The subcompact MPV is expected to debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show in November, and launch in China before the end of 2013.