Opel Meriva Reveals Interior: First Video

Functional design, odd interior styling

Opel has released the first interior pictures of the redesigned Meriva (aka Vauxhall Meriva), ahead of its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show.

While it's not overly attractive, Opel says the "warm and inviting cabin ambience is created by the wraparound wing-shaped instrument panel. The forward-leaning center stack contributes to this and adds a notion of sportiness." Trim levels include Essentia (with a Jet Black wing fascia and upholstery), Enjoy (which comes in Jet Black, Red Curry or Cocoa/light Cocoa), and the range-topping Cosmo which comes with black Morrocana embossed seat upholstery.

Elsewhere in the cabin, Opel added a FlexRail system which allows owners to choose from a variety of modular storage bins and components. The company also revised the FlexSpace system (fold-down rear seats which can slide forward and backwards to improve legroom or storage capacity) to be more intuitive thanks to "an easy, one-step motion when sliding the rear seat cushions or lowering the seatbacks." For two-wheel enthusiasts, Opel offers a FlexFix bicycle carrier. It "slides in and out of the rear bumper like a drawer, making bicycle transportation easy and convenient." Using this system, two bicycles can be safely transported, with no special tools or fittings. When not in use, the FlexFix bicycle carrier slides back into the Meriva's rear bumper.

To further improve practicality, the Meriva features FlexDoors. Originally shown on the Meriva Concept, the rear-hinged FlexDoors "swing open towards the back of the car at an angle of nearly 90 degrees, vastly improving the ease with which occupants enter and leave the cabin. Rather than having to step back, or to one side, as one would using a normal front-hinged door, the FlexDoor allows unimpeded forward access/egress to and from the cabin, enhanced further by the Meriva's exceptionally high roof line."

As we have previously reported, the 2011 Meriva will be available with six turbocharged engines with outputs ranging from 75 to 140 PS. On average, the engines will have a 15% improvement in fuel efficiency and 25 g/km reduction in CO2 emissions.

Check out the press release for full details

Source: Opel
Published Jan 19th, 2010 10:00pm By Michael Gauthier
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  • Innovative Opel extends leadership in flexibility with an array of creative features
  • Clever: FlexSpace and FlexRail provide storage to meet customers real needs
  • Stylish: New look carries forward Opel’s focus on design language

Rüsselsheim. Opel extends its champion role in the monocab class with the next generation Meriva, bringing innovations – like FlexDoors, FlexSpace, FlexRail and FlexFix – and versatility to a new level not yet seen in its class. And it does so without compromising on the Meriva’s great new look.

Carrying forward Opel’s new flowing design language with its uncompromising focus on quality, the new Meriva also includes the widest interior color and trim choice ever offered by Opel in a single model. 

Innovative flexibility solutions ease entry and free up space 

A new dimension in rear seat access is opened up by the Meriva’s rear-hinged FlexDoors, a first in the segment. The design optimizes the size of the door aperture by using the space which is occupied by the rear wheel-arch with a front-hinged door. By placing the rear door hinges on the C-pillar, entry and exit space is wider. It is also higher because entry access is adjacent to the B-pillar where there is more space between the roof and floor.

FlexDoors also improved ergonomics. Parents can stand in the space usually taken up by an open door, making it easy to help babies and toddlers with seat belts. Adults can simply step forward when getting in or out of the rear seat, without having to twist over a wheel-arch. The Meriva’s FlexDoors open up to almost 90 degrees, much wider than conventional doors, to assist in storing cargo.

Accessing the rear cabin is also easier in narrow car spaces. Importantly, when both the front and rear door are open at the same time, FlexDoors create a safety zone: Both child and parents can get out of the car without a door separating them; children are kept under control.

At the same time, the FlexDoors are safe. Opel engineers have developed a fail-safe system that ensures the doors are always latched and locked whenever the vehicle is in motion at speeds above four kilometers per hour. To ensure optimum performance and reliability, the sophisticated safety system warns drivers if a door is not completely closed.

Opel innovations provide storage for the little necessities and the big extras

Another innovative feature is the Meriva’s FlexRail center console concept. It provides convenient and adaptable storage for a wide range of everyday items – from handbags and magazines to iPods, CDs and tissue boxes. Extra space has been created between the front seats by raising the gearshift and fitting an electric park brake as a standard feature on all versions.

Improved storage opportunities extend throughout the cabin, which has been designed to accommodate the items that Opel research shows are most commonly carried inside a car. One example: A 1.5-liter bottle fits in the front door pockets.

In the rear, Meriva’s class-leading FlexSpace seating concept offers an adaptable cabin configuration without having to remove any seats. It has been improved for a more intuitive operation with an easy, one-step motion when sliding the rear seat cushions or lowering the seatbacks. This allows the Meriva to easily transform between five and two seats. Alternatively, all rear seatbacks can be fully lowered for optimal cargo-carrying flexibility.

New for Meriva is the FlexFix bicycle carrier. This Opel innovation slides in and out of the rear bumper like a drawer, making bicycle transportation easy and convenient as no special tools or fittings – or storage space in a garage – are required. The carrier can accommodate two bicycles and, when not in use, slides back invisibly into the Meriva’s rear bumper.

Comfortable seats are good for backs

The new seats offer support and generous proportions, bringing a level of comfort typical of those in larger vehicles. The range of adjustment for the front seats is also class-leading. Ergonomic Sport seats, with tilting function, powered lumbar adjustment, 4-way adjustable headrests and an extendable seat cushion for front occupants, are introduced as an option for Enjoy and Cosmo variants. Those seats have received a seal of approval from Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V. (Action for Healthy Backs) – an independent panel of ergonomics experts in Germany.

Optimized visibility and safety

The new Meriva optimizes the high-riding benefits of a monocab by offering excellent visibility front and rear. The lowered front fascia, narrower realigned A-pillars and larger front quarter-lights all contribute to a command driving position. The unique wave design in the belt line increases the depth of the rear windows, improving the view from the rear seats, particularly for children.

New for the Meriva is the optional, full-length panorama sunroof. Almost two meters long and equipped with an electrically-powered blind, it is the largest offered in the small monocab segment and further adds to the airy feel of the cabin.

Driving safety can be enhanced by the Adaptive Forward Lighting system, which includes Dynamic Curve Light and Static Cornering Light.

Design quality evident at first glance

Inside and out, the new Meriva expresses Opel’s new design language – sculptural artistry meets German precision – and carries forward the quality already seen on Insignia and the new Astra. The lowered roof-line, Opel’s signature blade body side as well as the wing-shaped daytime driving lights give the new Meriva its fresh and distinctive identity.

On the inside, a warm and inviting cabin ambience is created by the wraparound wing-shaped instrument panel. The forward-leaning center stack contributes to this and adds a notion of sportiness. The interior includes six different levels of color and trim, ranging from traditional, contemporary elegance to more adventurous urban chic, offering the largest choice ever offered by Opel on a single model.  The high standard of fit and finish of the chosen textures and materials as well as the layout and decoration of the controls is typical of more expensive cars.

Essentia is finished in Jet Black for the wing fascia motif and upholstery. Enjoy trim comes in Jet Black, Red Curry or Cocoa/light Cocoa for the wing and seat upholstery. The top-of-the-line Cosmo adds rich, embossed seat upholstery trimmed with black Morrocana and contrasting stitching. Two color combinations are offered: anthracite/black or Cocoa/ light grey.

Overall, the new Meriva delivers more expressive design and greater flexibility, reinforcing its leadership of Europe’s small monocab segment. The marriage of form and function has never looked this good.

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Comments (7)

peterjames7 peterjames7
as ive previously mentioned this suicide door design and layout is not practical in the real world for a mini mpv, say your in a parking lot and all the passengers (including the kids) try to exit at the same time or try to enter at the same time its not possible, the doors themselves occupy the same space. also as this platform is the same which the GMC granite was based on i must say i much prefer the design of the granite than this. i know that this is concurrent with opel/vauxhall design but the granite is a great piece of design, even thought the interior is reminiscent of nissan cube mk2.
Jan 20th, 2010 11:15am
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RzGTmorio RzGTmorio
It's beautiful this new generation of Opel Meriva
Jan 20th, 2010 6:27am
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BrianWCF BrianWCF
someone forgot to add the video.
Jan 20th, 2010 6:11am
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BabyMilo BabyMilo
It is definatly a million more times attractive than the current one, would i buy one? No
Jan 20th, 2010 4:47am
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racsozelev racsozelev
little question without any importance: what is the advantage of the suicide doors when the B-pillar stays?
Jan 20th, 2010 3:26am
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alessandro alessandro
Now its just more suicide... door.
Jan 20th, 2010 4:15am
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kepe kepe
Isn't it quite obvious? It's easier to get in and out of the car when the door is not on your way. When you sit down to or get up from a chair, you tend to bend forward to move the center of your weight from your bottocks to your feet. If there's a door in front of you, this is a bit difficult. That's why there are suicide doors on this car. You can also use the open suicide door as a support when sitting down or getting up.
Jan 20th, 2010 4:30am
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