As the UK’s Auto Express reports, the Vauxhall Meriva and Zafira mini-vans are getting SUV makeovers within the next two years.
The new Meriva and Zafira crossovers are coming partially by courtesy of a partnership with PSA Peugeot-Citroen Group, with Peugeot and Citroen also planning the release of their own versions of the two multi-purpose vehicles. But Auto Express’ source tells them that apart from shared powertrains and suspensions, the familial ties will not be evident at all from styling or interior treatment.
As this source said, “It’ll only be the media who know of the joint development – the average UK customer will not know these cars came off the same lines. As a guideline to how the Vauxhall and PSA cars will differ, just look at how different the Astra and Peugeot 308 are.”
The due date for the new Vauxhall Meriva and Zafira utilities is late 2016, and the duo are expected to be styled using Vauxhall’s current, sleek design language, featuring sharp, narrow headlamps and big grilles and air intakes on the front of the vehicles.
You can see Auto Express‘ exclusive images on their website.