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1.

OVERVIEW & MARKET

Vauxhall Meriva opens doors to class
-
leading access & innovation



Unique
-
in
-
class FlexDoors offer unrivalled occupant access and convenience



FlexRail and FlexSpace features bring new levels of cabin versatility to class



Expressive and dyna
mic design elements influenced by Insignia and Astra



Five engines from launch, with two more diesel units to follow



UK
-
tuned handling characteristics



On sale now; in UK showrooms June 1
8

Vauxhall’s new Meriva is set to turn the conventional concept of fami
ly
-
car usability on
its head with a combination of clever, rear
-
hinged back doors which radically improve
access/egress, and a raft of unique cabin features that boost interior versatility.

The new Meriva, which received its world debut at the Geneva Motor

Show this year, is
the first Vauxhall to feature FlexDoors, showcased in 2008’s Meriva design concept.

FlexDoors are rear
-
hinged back doors which 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 high roof line
.

For parents with children, there are further benefits. Due to the larger door opening and
free space around the B
-
pillar, parents can lift small children forwards in to rear
-
mounted, second
-
stage child seats without having to contort themselves around a
door.
And with both the front and rear doors open (the fronts open at a similar angle to the
rear FlexDoors) a ‘parent
-
friendly’ zone is created with no door barrier between front
and rear occupants.

Crucially, the FlexDoors can
not

be opened by occupan
ts
while the Meriva is travelling at
more

than 2mph, after which the doors automatically lock. The sophisticated system
also warns drivers if a door is not completely closed.

While the concept of two rear
-
hinged back doors is not new in the motor industry, th
e
Meriva’s FlexDoor system is the first time it has been used on a family car in recent
years. But unlike other rear
-
hinged door applications the Meriva benefits from front and
rear doors that open independently, and does not require rear passengers to sit

behind
the door opening.


Class
-
leading in
-
cabin flexibility

Once inside the new Meriva, buyers benefit from two further groundbreaking
innovations. The FlexRail adopts a completely fresh approach to the design of a car’s
centre console, and provides owne
rs with a variety of modular storage and comfort
solutions that fix on to an ingenious dual
-
rail base
, with further space liberated by use of
an electronic parkbrake, standard on all models
. It provides convenient and adaptable
storage for a wide variety o
f everyday items, from handbags and magazines, to MP3

players
, CDs and colouring books
.


The new Meriva’s storage bin and cubby count has also increased, with features like a
1.5
-
litre bottle holder in each of the front doors, meaning that owners now benef
it from
one of the most practical cabins in class.

In addition, the current Meriva’s much
-
praised FlexSpace system has evolved with even
greater practicality. Now more intuitive to use, the new Meriva’s FlexSpace allows
easier fold
-
down of the rear seats,
while moving the rear seats to create more boot, leg
or shoulder room is simpler than ever.

The new Meriva’s seat comfort has also advanced, with the adoption of front seat
technology from the Insignia and Astra. Like these cars, the Meriva offers the bigg
est
range of seat adjustment in class, extending to 240mm in length and 65mm in height.

Enhanced visibility and safety

The new Meriva optimises the high
-
riding benefits of a monocab by offering even better
visibility front and rear. The lowered front fasci
a, narrower A
-
pillars and larger front
quarter
-
lights all contribute to an exceptionally clear view for front seat occupants, while
rear passengers benefit from a unique ‘wave’ design in the belt line that increases the
depth of the rear windows


a great
boon for young children.

New for the Meriva is a full
-
length panoramic sunroof, which is standard on SE models.
At almost two metres long, the roof comes with an electronic blind and is
one of
the
largest of its kind offered in the
compact

MPV segment.

Aft
er its success in both the Insignia and Astra ranges, a version of Vauxhall’s Adaptive
Forward Lighting System, which includes Dynamic Curve and Static Cornering features,
will be offered as an option in the Meriva range.



New Meriva adopts design languag
e from Insignia and new Astra

The current Meriva effectively created the small MPV sector when it was launched in
2003, but since then Vauxhall’s design language has evolved steadily, with big strides
being made with the European Car of the Year
-
winning In
signia and more recently with
the launch of the all
-
new Astra.

No surprise, then, that the new Meriva has adopted a more expressive and dynamic
silhouette to its basic cab
-
forward
MPV

design. Like the Insignia and Astra, a ‘blade’
features down the side o
f the body, complementing a window line with a distinct ‘wave’
accentuating the FlexDoors, allowing panoramic views for rear passengers.

The design theme continues in the Meriva’s cabin, with cues taken from the Insignia
and Astra enhancing the perceived q
uality of the materials.

More efficient powertrains


The new Vauxhall Meriva will be offered with engines ranging from 75
-
140PS, all of
which comply with Euro5 emissions standards.

The petrol engine line
-
up comprises three versions of the 16
-
valve 1.4
-
lit
re unit. The
range starts with the Meriva’s only normally aspirated engine, featuring hollow
camshafts for reduced weight and a power output of 100PS. Completing the petrol line
-
up, are two turbocharged 1.4 variants, producing either 120PS or 140PS (the la
tter
taken from the new Astra range). All engines get five
-
speed manual gearboxes, except
the 1.4 Turbo 140PS, which has a 6
-
speed manual gearbox.

The diesel line
-
up starts with a 75PS, 1.3 CDTi unit which uses closed
-
loop catalyst
technology to enhance fu
el consumption. In addition, a 1.7CDTi unit producing 100PS
will be available, equipped with a 6
-
speed fully automatic gearbox.

Later this year, the engine line
-
up will gain two additional diesel variants. The low C02
-
emitting ecoFLEX model will be powered

by a 95PS 1.3 CDTi unit, and a second
version of the 1.7 CDTi will also join the range, fitted with a six
-
speed gearbox and
producing 130PS.

New Meriva builds on success of first generation model

The current Meriva was launched in 2003 and effectively cre
ated the small MPV sector
in the UK and Europe. With its unique FlexSpace rear seating system, which allowed
passengers to adjust their seats for more leg or shoulder room


as well as for more
boot space


it has proved immensely popular with UK buyers, w
ith over 1
12
,000 being
sold in the last six years.

The new car is set to build on this success. With a longer wheelbase offering added
practicality for buyers


especially those with young children


the Meriva has shifted
out of the small MPV and into the

five
-
seat compact MPV class, where it will compete
with rivals, such as the Ford C
-
Max, Renault Scenic and Citroen C4 Picasso.


2.

DESIGN




Design language from recent Insignia and Astra extends to new Meriva



Unique ‘Wave’ belt
-
line accentuates innovative Fle
xDoors



High
-
quality cabin introduces ‘Wing’ motif

The new Meriva will bring both flair and functionality to the compact MPV sector. With
its longer, lower roofline and distinctive ‘wave’ belt
-
line its design is set to blur the
distinction between MPVs and
hatchbacks.

While the Meriva’s design is quite unique from that of the Insignia and new Astra, key
elements from Vauxhall’s design language have been reinterpreted
to ensure that a
strong family identity remains.

“The new Meriva successfully brings togethe
r elegant design and everyday
innovations,” said Mark Adams, Vauxhall/Opel’s Vice President of Design. “It offers an
expressive yet functional interior with great roominess and visibility.”

Wave, Blade & Wing give Meriva its unique appearance

In profile, t
he Meriva’s distinctive wave belt
-
line hints not only at the FlexDoors’
functionality, but also offers rear passengers


especially younger children


greater
visibility, thanks to the lower edge of the rear side window being dropped by five
centimeters.

A
lso unique is the centralised location of the door handles either side of the
B
-
post, hig
hlighting the FlexDoor installation.

At the front, a sweeping V graphic creates a bold and distinctly Vauxhall face for the
Meriva. A deep grille, housing the revised
Griffin, is flanked by large, eagle
-
eye
headlamps incorporating wing
-
shaped running lights, similar to those found on the new
Astra.

The rear styling continues the V
-
graphic theme still further, enhanced by large, sculpted
rear light assemblies, featuring
Vauxhall’s signature wing
-
shaped graphic. A chrome
trim panel adds further visual width
to
the rear of the car.

Inside the Meriva, designers have lowered the instrument panel by
80

millimetres and
moved it forward by 80 millimetres to create a feeling of e
nhanced space. Visibility for
the driver is also improved, thanks to re
-
aligned A
-
posts and quarter lights. The whole
area wraps around into the doors, offering front occupants a feeling of security.

The centre stack has been made more user friendly than i
n the previous Meriva, by
angling it forward to improve the view of the displays and allow easier use of controls
.
The optional satnav system is positioned high on the dash, close
to
the driver’s natural
line of vision.

Designers have used materials with a

standard of fit and finish typical of a more
expensive vehicle. Finishes to items like the air vents, gear shift and centre stack
controls all contribute to the feeling of enhanced quality.


3.

FLEXDOORS




Vauxhall early advocate of FlexDoor
-
style systems



Inn
ovative rear
-
hinged doors ease cabin entry and exit



Ideal for parents securing young children in to rear seat



Ergonomic benefits for both young and older owners

While Vauxhall /Opel is the first mainstream manufacturer in recent years to adopt rear
-
hinged
back doors that open independently from those at the front, Vauxhall’s heritage
with this type of door is
also
significant, from both a design and production perspective.

Landmark Vauxhall’s from the pre
-
war years, like the iconic 1923 30/98 and 1934 Light

Six saloon each had back doors

hinged from the rear for ease of access and exit. Many
more Vauxhall models featured this arrangement up to the
late 1930s
, but with the
advent
of
widespread unitary construction
(which Vauxhall pioneered in Britain with th
e
H
-
type Ten
-
Four model) front
-
hinged doors became the norm.

However, Vauxhall remained
a
firm advocate of the rear
-
hinged door
concept
in the
post
-
war years, and in 1970 its Luton
-
based design department, headed by
talented
stylist, Wayne Cherry, created
the groundbreaking SRV concept car.

Even by today’s standards, the SRV has futuristic design overtones, but importantly it
featured back doors that not only opened upwards, but that were hinged from the rear to
allow passengers easier access from the snug
, low
-
slung back seats.


Meriva’s FlexDoors unique in
class

Forty years on and Vauxhall has
productionised

the
rear
-
hinged door

system with the
new Meriva, although the
FlexDoors’

convenience and safety features have moved the
game on immeasurably. However
, with the exception of Rolls
-
Royce’s Phantom and
Ghost models, the Vauxhall (and Opel in Europe) Meriva is still the only production car
to have rear doors that open independently from those in the fron
t, and along with Rolls,
to have full type
-
approval f
or the system.

Key FlexDoor benefits include easier entry and exit, enhanced ergonomics and
improved rear seat access, especially when fixing child seats. With both the front and
rear doors open, parents and children also share the same space, without a do
or
between them.

Getting in and out of the Meriva’s rear cabin is, quite literally, more straightforward.
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 t
o and from the
cabin.

Getting a handle on what the customer wants

Vauxhall
’s engineers and designers have responded to the needs of parents, children
and older people
while developing the Meriva’s FlexDoors.

Unlike a conventional front
-
hinged door, FlexDoo
rs provide access adjacent to the B
-
post, where there is the
greatest room between roof and floor
. The doors and handles have also been
ergonomically engineered for ease of operation.

For parents, this means they can access the rear seat area full on, stan
ding in the
space usually occupied by an open door. They can reach forward with babies and
toddlers to easily fit
front
-
facing
carriers

and

child
seats. Adult passengers can simply
step forward when getting in or out of the rear seat without having to twis
t over a wheel
-
arch. Handy grab handles on the inside of the B
-
posts also makes exiting easier for all.

Most front
-
hinged doors open to no more than 68 degrees, but the Meriva’s FlexDoors
open in four steps through 84 degrees, a benefit which extends to th
e front doors too.
When both doors are open, the wardrobe door
-
like layout creates a natural parent
-
friendly zone for corralling children when they’re near to the car.

Other FlexDoor benefits include easier entry and exit in narrow parking spots and more
c
onvenient access to the rear doors for the driver or front passenger.
It’s easier, for
example, to open a FlexDoor to hang up a jacket or pick up an item from the rear seat.

Additional safety features for children

All Meriva’s are fitted with a complex saf
ety system that prevents children opening the
rear doors while the car is moving. At speeds over 2mph, the FlexDoors automatically
lock

and
a
green
light

in the door handle surround

goes out, indicating that the door
cannot be opened
. If for any reason one

of the doors has not been closed properly
when the car starts to move, the driver is immediately informed by an audible and visual
warning from the instrument panel. If the vehicle is in an accident, the FlexDoors unlock
automatically. For added security,

conventional child locks also feature.


4.

FLEXIBILITY & STORAGE



Improved FlexSpace
seating
system in the rear and unequalled front seat
adjustment



Intelligent storage solutions

;

i
nnovative FlexRail concept



Welcome return of

Flex
-
Fix bike carrier


Inside a
nd out, th
e new Meriva raises the bar in the compact MPV

segment with
adaptable features like FlexSpace, FlexRail and Flex
-
F
ix that
are easy to use and offer
families a high degree of versatility
.

In the cabin, the Meriva’s uniquely versatile FlexSpace sea
ting configuration is
improved to make it even easier to use, while front occupants now enjoy an
unparalleled

range of seat

adjustment. FlexRail along with ample storage space keep
s
the car clean, while the optional

Flex
-
F
ix
system provides active families

with a
convenient way of transporting up to two bicycles.

FlexSpace rear seating system


even more intuitive to use

The Meriva’s innovative FlexSpace concept offers a range of cabin configurations for
optimum versatility, without having to remove any sea
ts. The cabin can easily be
transformed between a five, four, three or two
-
seat layout to meet the needs of
occupants and
their luggage
.

Both outer rear seats can be moved forwards and backwards and also slide inwards to
provide more shoulder
-
width and leg
room in a spacious four
-
seat layout. The rear
seatbacks can be fully lowered with
one

simplified movement using new handles that
are easier to reach. This versatility is achieved without having to remove any head
restraints or seats.

With the rear seatbac
ks up, the Meriva’s cargo area offers a load capacity of 400 lit
re
s,
which increases to 920 lit
re
s with the seatbacks folded. Using available space up to the
roof, an impressive 1500 lit
re
s maximum load capacity can be deployed.

Sitting comfortably


ergon
omic and practical seats

A new generation of front seats, based on those in the Insignia and new Astra, make
their debut in the Meriva. Generously proportioned and supportive, with a class
-
leading
range of adjustment, they offer a level of comfort typica
l of vehicles in a larger segment.

Both seats slide backwards and forwards through 240
millimetres

and the driver’s seat
can be raised

or lowered by

up to 6
5

millimetres, givi
ng even taller drivers a comfortable
driving position.

For the children in the
second row, the backs of the front seats

on SE
models are fitted with

fold
-
down tables.

Ergonomic
Front
Sport seats, with a
driver’s seat
tilting function, powered lumbar
adjustment, 4
-
way
active front
headrest
s

and an extendable seat cushion are offered

as
an option

on

the Meriva range.

Good seats are important for maintaining a healthy back

and the

driver’s seat has

received a much
-
coveted seal of approval from Action for
Healthy Backs, an independent panel of German ergonomics experts and doctors. No
o
ther car in the Meriva’s segment has earned this certification.


In a family
-
orientated car, easy
-
to
-
clean upholstery is
essential

and here the Meriva
leads the
segment

with Top Tec treatment for its light
-
colo
u
red fabric. Top Tec uses
nano
-
technology to h
elp resist staining from drink spillages or other substances, such
as melted chocolate, ketchup, and
soft drinks
. Permanent staining is minimi
s
ed by
simply dabbing off any mess with a damp cloth.

FlexRail:
a

totally new concept in storage

The FlexRail syst
em in the cent
re

console allows storage to be organi
s
ed to m
e
e
t almost
any need. The electr
onic

parking brake has replaced the traditional handbrake and the
gearshift has been moved forward, creating
space for a clever new

storage
system
.

FlexRail is a mo
dular, highly adaptable three
-
tier storage system. Two longitudinal rails,
elegantly crafted in polished aluminum, have tracks on their inner face. The top track
carries a flip
-
top, armrest/storage module big enough to carry CDs, while the lower track
carr
ies a storage tray with a cupholder. For convenience, both units slide to any position
along the tracks and the armrest module can overlap the tray. Either or both can be
easily removed as required using a simple push button.

Below the FlexRail, a fixed, f
loor
-
level tray has twin cup holders and two recess
es big
enough for PDAs, plus Aux
-
in connection
, USB

port
, and 12
-
volt sockets. Everything is
together, within easy reach, and

on the Exclusiv and SE,

ambient light is provided
between the rails for conveni
ent use at night.

An optional rear armrest and adaptor plate
can also be specified to give even more interior flexibility

The floor tray is fitted as standard
on all Merivas, while
Exclusiv models get
the
FlexRail
and additional tray, and SE models add the

sliding storage box and armrest
.

Clever storage where it matters

Extensive market research has helped Vauxhall’s engineers and designers to create a
cabin with a raft of dedicated storage areas for commonly used items.

For example, a
storage box under th
e
driver’s

seat

(SE only)

is perfect for
storing everyday items out of
sight
. There are dedicated spots for drink bottles, sunglasses, tissues and
MP3 players
.
Ample pockets in the rear help children
keep the car tidy, too.


The
large

glove box has a space
-
saving pocket for the owner’s manual, as well as built
-
in coin
-

and pen
-
holders. A neat channel above the lid is designed to carry small odds
and ends. There
’s

also a mini glove box on the driver’s side that’s big enough to hold a
wallet, a mobile phone a
nd other items.

The door pockets can hold 1.5
-
lit
re

drink bottles up front and 1.0
-
lit
re

sizes in the rear.
Above the driver’s door, there’s also a flip
-
down compartment for sunglasses or other
small items. And a small clip on the lower A
-
pillar serves as

a perfect ticket holder.

In the
boot

area, the floor can be raised to bumper height for ease of loading and under
-
floor stowage. A useful shopping bag hook also provides a hold
-
open function for the
floor. Additional storage compartments are in the sidew
alls and the parcel shelf can be
removed and stowed behind the rear seats.

Carrying bikes is easy with Flex
-
F
ix

The popular
Flex
-
Fix integrated rear bicycle carrier is now available for Meriva
customers. It can carry up to two bicycles and slides out from
behind the rear bumper. It
is fully integrated and, when not in use, is virtually invisible behind the rear bumper
fascia.

Like all
Vauxhall

Flex features, the carrier is easy to use and requires no special tools or
additional components. Flex
-
Fix allows
Meriva customers to carry a bike at any time,
without having to plan in advance or drive around with a rack fitted when it’s not required.


5.

EQUIPMENT & RANGE




Extensive occupant safety equipment



Introduces class
-
leading features and technologies at afforda
ble prices



Widest
-
ever selection of interior trims

Extensive occupant protection
& affordable innovation

The cabin of the Meriva is as safe as it is comfortable, with its extensive range of in
-
car
restraint systems, together with advanced structural desig
n. Fitted as standard are:
break
-
away foot pedals, a collapsible steering column, front airbags, front seatbelt pre
-
tensioners, a front seatbelt reminder, front passenger airbag de
-
activation, rear

outer
seat

ISOFIX child seat mountings and five three
-
poin
t seatbelts.
Side airbags are
standard on S models, with additional full
-
size curtain airbags standard on Exclusiv and
SE models.

Whenever the airbags and pre
-
tensioners are deployed, a series of additional safety
measures are automatically activated: the
hazard warning lights come on, all doors are
unlocked, the interior lights are switched on and the interior heating/ventilation fan and
the fuel pump are both switched off.

Adaptive brake lights warn following drivers by pulsing five times per second when

the
ABS is engaged at speeds above 20mph. All three brake lights are activated. (For
details of further active safety measures, see Chassis chapter).

The new Meriva introduces innovative technologies at an affordable price and provides
generous equipment
levels
for cost conscious buyers
.

New standard features,

like the Electr
onic
Parking Brake, touchpad tailgate opening and
adaptive brake lights
combine with a

height and length adjustable driver’s seat, a tilt and
height adjustable steering wheel, FlexSpac
e seating and electrically
-
powered door
mirrors and front windows

to make the Meriva one of the best equipped compact MPVs
in its class
.

Electr
onic

Parking Brake (EPB).
This easy
-
to
-
use feature replaces the conventional
mechanical handbrake. Instead of pul
ling a lever, the driver simply presses a button
located near the gearshift which electrically activates the rear brake
s
. The rear brakes
are automatically disengaged when the vehicle moves off. The EPB also frees up space
between the front seats,
occupied

by the unique FlexRail center console

on Exclusiv
and SE models
. EPB is fitted as standard across the range.

FlexSpace.

The clever adaptable seating concept is the key to the Meriva’s outstanding
versatility. The cabin can be quickly transformed between a

five, four, three or two
-
seater layout, without having to remove any seats. The outer rear seats, with tilt

seatbacks, can slide longitudinally and laterally.

FlexRail.
This
unique

cent
re
console system provides adaptable, three
-
tier storage with
exchang
eable units that slide on longitudinal rails between the front seats. It offers
convenient stowage for many different items.

Ergonomic Sport Seats.
Available as an option,
the Ergonomic Sport Seats have four
-
way adjustment, four
-
way active headrests, powe
r lumbar adjustment, while the driver’s
seat has six
-
way adjustment which includes a front cushion tilt. The driver’s seat

ha
s
received a much
-
coveted seal of approval from Action for Healthy Backs
,
an
independent panel of ergonomics experts and doctors in

Germany. No other car in the
Meriva’s segment has earned this certification for its seats.

Flex
-
Fix bicycle carrier
. Also new for Meriva,
the optional
Flex
-
Fix

slides in and out of
the rear bumper like a drawer. It makes carrying bike
s

eas
ier,
since

no s
pecial tools,
fittings, or storage space in the garage are required. The carrier can hold two bikes and,
when not in use, slides back invisibly into the Meriva’s rear bumper.

Panoram
ic

sunroof
. New for the Meriva, the full
-
length panoram
ic
sunroof brings
an
even airier feel to the cabin. Almost two met
re
s long, with
an electrically
-
powered blind,
it is standard equipment on SE models
.

Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL).

Using halogen bulbs, this
optional

Vauxhall

driving
safety system
has been

adapted for the

Meriva. It provides Dynamic Curve Light, giving
a better view of the road ahead, as the headlamp beam swivels up to 15 degrees
according to the steering angle. To assist
in
low
-
speed man
o
euv
re
s, Static Cornering
Light illuminates an area up to 90 degrees
from the direction of travel.

Extensive

interior choice


The new Meriva offers customers an unprecedented choice of
seven

colo
u
r and trim
combinations.


Four

trim levels


Expression,
S, Exclusiv and SE



share a cabin crafted in textured
materials with

a standard of fit and finish typical of a more expensive vehicle.
Exclusiv
and SE

trims include chrome
-
beveled main instrument dials and decor finishes to the air
vents, gearshift and cent
re

stack controls which contribute to the feeling of enhanced
quali
ty.


Entry
-
level
Expression
specification features the wing panel and seat upholstery in
muted black, complemented by a black finish for the cent
re

stack and air vent trims.


S

specification features
side airbags, 7
-
speaker
system

with upgraded
audio
,
a la
rge
graphic info display,
a USB port and a wider range of engines and exterior colours


Exclusiv

offers a choice of three
interior
colo
u
rs, together with an enhanced, woven
seat fabric and chrome accents for the steering wheel

and

the cent
re

stack trim. Th
e
wing elements and seat upholstery can be specified in Jet Black,
Jet Black and Red

or
dark
Cocoa in combination with light Cocoa (a beige finish for the wing, complemented
by
orange

for the upholstery).


Top
-
of
-
the
-
line
SE

specification adds rich, emboss
ed seat upholstery trimmed with
black Morrocana and contrasting stitching. Two color combinations are offered:
anthracite
for the wing and black for the seat upholstery, or
C
ocoa with
blue/
grey for
both.


Infotainment line
-
up includes
option of both
satna
v

with flash memory and
Bluetooth

The new Meriva offers a choice of infotainment systems, including flash memory
provision and embedded Bluetooth phone connectivity. The line
-
up comprises:

CD 300 (standard on Expression):
Radio/CD player with 4
-
speaker so
und system,
Aux
-
in, Triple Info Display (TID).

CD 400

(standard on all models
, apart from Expression
)
: Up
-
level radio/CD system
includes a graphic info display and seven speakers. The radio features a double
-
tuner
function. When reception is poor, a second

tuner searches for a stronger signal and,
when found, the radio switches to it with virtually no interruption to reception. A
ux
-
in and
USB connections are
also
standard
.

CD 500 Navi (optional):

This adds up
-
level speakers, a 7
-
inch colo
u
r monitor,
continu
ous map
-
zooming with smooth scrolling, as well as
USB

and aux
-
in

connection
s
.
The internal flash memory (1 GB) allows maps for individual countries to be downloaded
from the CD. For added convenience, the destination input offers a search by post
code.

Han
ds
-
free phone

(optional)
:
An embedded

mobile phone portal is new for Meriva.
When the system recognizes a Bluetooth mobile phone equipped with a SAP (SIM
Access Profile), the information stored on the SIM card of the mobile phone is
automatically saved in
the integrated Phone Module, enabling the driver to make calls
or send SMS
messages

via the module. The mobile phone stays on stand
-
by in the
user’s pocket or handbag, saving its battery.

For other mobile phones, the in
-
car connection is provided wireless
ly for Bluetooth
-
enabled phones. The phone can be operated via the steering wheel controls, buttons on
the cent
re

stack or by voice command. All information is shown on the main display
screen.















Equipment Summary


Ex
p
’ion

S


Exclusiv

SE

Exterior





Body
-
coloured

door handles and bumpers

S

S

S

S

Tinted windows

S

S

S

S

Daytime running lights

S

S

S

S

Remote door locking with immobili
s
er

S

S

S

S

Powered, heated, manual
-
folding door mirrors

S

S

S

S

Follow
-
me
-
home l
ights

S

S

S

S

Adaptive Forward Lighting (
H
alogen)



O

O

Front fog lamps



O

S

Park Assist, front and rear


O

O

O

15
-
inch steel wheels

S

S



16
-
inch steel wheels



S


16
-
inch alloys wheels




S

Flex
-
Fix bike carrier



O

O

Panoram
ic

sunroof with e
lectric
-
powered blind




O

Interior





Telescopic & tilt adjustable steering wheel

S

S

S

S

Height
-
adjustable driver’s seat

S

S

S

S

Electrically
-
powered front windows

S

S

S

S

Electrically
-
powered rear windows




S

Electr
onic

Park Brake

S

S

S

S

Stee
ring wheel controls


P

S

S

Front cent
re

console
floor tray

S

S

S

S

FlexRail console with tray/cupholder



S

S

FlexRail console, tray/cupholder, armrest storage



O

S

Puddle lights in B
-
pillar base

S

S

S

S

12
-
volt outlet, cent
re

stack

S

S

S

S

12
-
volt

outlet, rear of cent
re

console



S

S

12
-
volt outlet,
boot



O

O

Reading lights, front and rear



S

S

Ambient light in cent
re

stack illuminating console



S

S

Ambient cabin lighting




S

FlexSpace seating configuration

S

S

S

S

Graphic

information di
splay


S

S

S

Air conditioning with particulate filter


O

S

S

Electronic Climate Control (ECC), dual zone



O

O

Radio CD300, adds TID, 4 speakers & Aux
-
in

S




Radio CD400, adds GID, 7 speakers
, USB, Aux
-
in


S

S

S

CD500 Nav, adds flash memory, CID, US
B, UHP



O

O

Univ. Hands
-
free Phone, Bluetooth, voice control


O

O

O

Board computer, check control, speed warning




S

TopTec stain resistant fabric (light Cocoa only)




S

Ergonomic front seats



O

O

Cruise control


P

S

S

Embedded hands free phone

with Bluetooth & voice
control



O

O




S = Standard O = Option

P = Part of Bluetooth hands free kit



6.

POWERTRAINS



Choice of
five launch

engines, from 75
PS

to 140
PS,

all Euro 5 compliant



Two further diesel engines to join range soon after launch



A range

of efficient 1.4
-
litre petrol engines



New 1.7 CDTI diesel has six
-
speed automatic transmission, first for Meriva


The new Meriva’s powertrain line
-
up is focused on efficient performance that
underscores
Vauxhall’s

strategy of down
-
sizing and turbo
-
charg
ing to deliver real world
fuel economy and dynamic performance
.

Offering a power bandwidth from 75
PS

to
140
PS
,
six

out of the
seven

engines

which will complete the range

are now
turbocharged. All Meriva engines meet tough Euro 5
regulations
.

The
petrol

lin
e
-
up has been thoroughly re
-
worked around a new generation
of
1.4
-
lit
re

engine
s

that replace

the
existing 1.4,
1.6 and 1.8
-
lit
re

units
, reducing fuel consumption
,

yet increasing power. The 1.4 naturally
-
aspirated
engine

now comes with double cam
-
phasing to

deliver 100
PS

and combined cycle fuel consumption of just
46.3
m
pg
. It is
j
oined by two turbocharged versions: a new 120PS unit, producing 46.3mpg and a
140PS unit, producing 42.2mpg
.

Diesel power starts with a
75PS
1.3 CDT
i

engine which features closed l
oop
catalyst
control
. The result is combined fuel consumption
of

57.6mpg

and emissions of just
129g/km
. A

100PS

1.7 CDT
i

is available

with a six
-
speed automatic transmission, a
first in the Meriva range.

Two

additional diesel variants will join the engine

line
-
up later this year: a low CO
2

emitting ecoFLEX variant powered by a 95
PS

1.3 CDT
i

engine
, and a

1.7 CDT
i
equipped

with a 6
-
speed manual transmission

and developing
130
PS
.

More efficient 1.4
-
lit
re

petrol

variants replace larger engines


Petrol

Line u
p

1.4

1.4 Turbo

1.4 Turbo

Displacement
(cm
3
)

1398

1364

1364

Maximum Output

(
PS at RPM
)

100

at 6000

120

at 4800
-

6000

140

at 4900
-

6000

Maximum Torque
(Nm at rpm)

130 at 4000

175 at 1750
-

4800

200 at 1850
-

4900

Acceleration

0


6
2
mph

(sec.)

13.9

11.5

10.3

Fuel consumption

combined
(mpg)

46.3

46.3

42.2


CO
2

emissions
(g/km)

144

143

156


The
petrol range

comprises three versions of an advanced 1.4
-
lit
re

engine, one
naturally
-
aspirated and two turbocharged and all Euro 5 compliant, replacing the

traditional larger capacity engines for efficiency as part of
Vauxhall’s

down
s
izing
strategy.

The four cylinder engine is transversely
-
mounted and has an aluminum cylinder head
carrying dual overhead camshafts that operate four valves per cylinder. The ca
mshafts
are chain
-
driven for maintenance
-
free operation and low running costs. The cylinder
block is cast iron for strength and reduced noise resonance, with a hollow frame design
for minimi
s
ed weight. A die
-
cast, structural aluminum oil pan adds further s
tiffness and
noise reduction.

Newly developed camshaft phasers with continuously variable valve timing are used on
both inlet and exhaust sides.

The many benefits include a broader spread of torque,
higher maximum power and improved fuel consumption. The c
amshafts have
hydraulically operated vane
-
type phasers which vary the angle of each camshaft
relative to the crankshaft by up to 60 degrees on the inlet side and 45 degrees on the
exhaust side.

Cam phasing allows the engine control module to adjust the cam

timing depending on
engine load and speed. In part load condition, minimum fuel consumption is achieved
by extensively de
-
throttling of the engine while optimi
s
ing internal exhaust gas
recirculation.

The coolant temperature is
regulated

by a map
-
controll
ed thermostat.
Under

part load
the coolant temperature is raised up to 105°C which reduces engine friction and
improves efficiency. The flow
-
controlled oil pump supplies only the oil volume the
engine requires, which also reduces fuel consumption.

Further

refinements include the use of hollow crankshaft and camshafts, which reduces
weight, and a torsional vibration damper to improve running refinement. The combustion
system on the naturally aspirated engine features port deactivation under part load for
im
proved exhaust gas recirculation, giving lower emissions and improved fuel
consumption.

The entry
-
level

1.4
-
lit
re
, naturally
-
aspirated Twinport engine
develops
100PS

at
6,000 rpm, a specific power output of 71.4
PS

per lit
re
. It
s key strength

is
fuel econom
y,
and it achieves 46.3mpg

on

the combined cycle. Displacement is increased by
34cc

to
1398
cc.

This version replaces the previous generation 1.4
-
lit
re

engine, giving 1
1

per

cent more
power and four per

cent more torque, together with improvements in fuel c
onsumption
and CO
2
emissions.

The 1.4
-
lit
re

Turbo version
is available in two states of tune. In line with
Vauxhall’s

downsizing strategy, it replaces the current 1.6 and 1.8
-
lit
re

naturally

aspirated engines
for
an

improve
ment in fuel

efficiency

and

powe
r.

The most economical 1.4 Turbo produces
120PS

and 175Nm of torque between
1,750
and 4,800 rpm, together with
0
-
6
2
mph

acceleration in
11.5

seconds, yet offers fuel
consumption of just
46.3mpg
.

Strong performance with
flexibility

is the focus of the
140
PS

version, the most powerful
engine in the new Meriva line
-
up. An impressive 200Nm of torque is generated between
1,850rpm to 4,900
rpm, helping it achieve 0
-
6
2
mph in just
10.3

seconds. Combined fuel
consumption is still an excellent 42.2mpg

The
1.4’s
wate
r
-
cooled turbocharger, spinning at up to 240,000 rpm, is integrated into
the exhaust manifold, close to the engine for a fast throttle response. Air
-
to
-
air
intercooling increases the intake charge density.

The adoption of

reinforced pistons and forged con
-
rods allows the use of a relatively
high 9.5:1 compression ratio despite higher stresses and loads. Under
-
skirt piston oil
cooling jets and exhaust valves filled with sodium are further measures to ensure
durability under higher internal temperatures.




Two diesel engines at launch;
two

to follow this summer



Diesel line up

1.3 CDT
i

1.7 CDT
i

Displacement (cm
3
)

1248

1686

Maximum output (
PS

at rpm)

75 at 4000

100 at 4000

Maximum torque (Nm at rpm)

180 at 1750
-

2500

260 at 1700
-

2550

Acceleration (
0


6
2
mph
)

16.9

13.9

Fuel consumption combined

(
mpg
)

57.6

44.1

CO
2

emissions (g/km)

129

168


At launch, the CDT
i

turbo diesel line
-
up includes the entry level version of the 1.3
-
lit
re

engine (
75PS
) and one 1.7
-
lit
re

variant (
100PS
). Later this year, the

diesel choice will
be broadened further by an ecoFLEX variant of the 1.3 CDT
i

(
95PS
) engine with even
lower fuel consumption and emissions
,

and
a

more powerful variant of the 1.7 CDT
i

engine developing
130PS
. All engines comply with Euro 5
regulations
.

Bo
th

launch diesel
engines are fitted with:

16
-
valves and dual overhead camshafts
;

a
weight
-
saving aluminum cylinder head
;

threaded intake ports for exceptional swirl and
burn characteristics; a maintenance
-
free exhaust particulate filter. The main technical

features include:



Common
-
rail, multiple fuel injection. Operating at high pressures up to 1,800 bar,
this sophisticated fuel delivery system ensures extremely fine atomi
s
ation in the
combustion chamber and enables up to eight injection pulses per cycle to

extract
as much energy as possible from a given amount of fuel. This results in
exceptionally low fuel consumption and exhaust
-
emissions, as well as reduced
engine noise. Multiple injections also help iron out the strong vibrations
associated with compres
sion ignition. For example, a pre
-
injection during the
warm
-
up period reduces cold
-
start knock to a barely perceptible level.




Improved exhaust gas recirculation (EGR).
The electronically
-
controlled EGR
system has an additional cooling function. Electro
-
pn
eumatically operated bypass
valve
, controlled by the engine management system, ensure that the exhaust gas
reaches a temperature suitable for combustion on its way back into the cylinder.
This contributes to increased power, as well as reduced emissions.


Acclaimed for its compact size, the
1.3
-
lit
re

CDT
i

now features

closed loop combustion
control
. The closed loop system uses pressure sensors in each glow plug to
continuously measure combustion quality inside the cylinder. The engine management
system then

makes minute adjustments to optimi
s
e performance and fuel consumption
throughout the engine’s life cycle.

The
75PS

version generates torque of 180Nm from 1,750rpm to give a level of
responsive performance that belies its small capacity. Outstanding fuel
economy of just
57.6mpg
, with CO
2
emissions of only 129 g/km,
complete the package
.

The
1.7
-
lit
re

CDT
i

engine includes a variable geometry turbocharger, oil jet
-
cooled
pistons and a fuel injection pressure raised to 1,800

bar. The
100PS

version
has

a six
-
speed
automatic transmission
for

the first time in the Meriva range


a perfect feature
for city drivers. Combined cycle fuel consumption is
44.1mpg
.

Transmissions include new 6
-
speed automatic

New to the Meriva range is an

adaptive, six
-
speed au
tomatic t
ransmission for the
100PS

1.7 CDT
i

engine
, featuring

an ActiveSelect function, which allows sequential
gear selection via the
gear selector
. The on
-
axis design of this new transmission
enables more compact packaging for enhanced crumple zone performance, i
ncreased
interior space and a lower
bonnet

line than possible with a conventional off
-
axis design.

A six
-
speed manual gearbox, offering a wide spread of ratios and a tall, fuel
-
saving top
gear, is fitted to the
140PS

1.4 Turbo.

From launch, a
ll other engi
nes are fitted with five
-
speed manual units. These gearboxes
are
ideal

due to their efficiency and mass balance,
both of which help generate lower
fuel consumption. All manual gearboxes in the Meriva range

include triple cone
synchronization on first and s
econd gears for easy engagement.

7.

CHASSIS



Improved driving dynamics

thanks to

w
ider track and new suspension layout



UK
-
tuned steering to cater for more demanding British tastes



Enhanced active safety

features including more

sophisticated ESC functions


Vau
xhall

engineers have changed every nut and bolt in the new Meriva’s suspension
and steering to ensure its dynamic performance and refinement matches its visual
appeal.

And to ensure that the Meriva meets the unique demands of many British drivers,
dynamic
s engineers from Vauxhall Engineering Centre, based at Millbrook Proving
Ground in Bedfordshire, have developed a bespoke UK steering programme for the
Meriva.
As a result, the car’s
electro
-
hydraulic
power steering system has been tuned to
suit our unique

road surfaces
, with important revisions made to levels of feedback and
weighting in the system.

Complementing this is a new, wider platform, with

front and rear tracks increased by
39mm and 45mm respectively
,

in addition to a 1
4
mm extension of the wheelba
se. The
increased footprint contributes to more stable handling and inherently better road
-
holding capability. The front and rear axle are derived from the Zafira,
which is well
established as one of the best handling vehicles in the compact MPV sector.

A
core body structure, 7.6

per

cent torsionally stiffer than that of the predecessor model,
also provided a solid foundation for improving the Meriva’s suspension system, as well
as helping to
reduce

noise and vibration inside the cabin.

Improved dynamics fr
om new suspension

From the start of the new Meriva’s development, improving handling and ride quality
were key targets.
At the front, the McPherson struts features have enlarged top
mountings which separate the paths of the spring and damper loadings to im
prove the
steering response and ride comfort. The springs are also designed to resist side
loadings, which reduce friction in the movement of the damper.

The lower control arms are attached to a hydro
-
formed, hollow section sub
-
frame which
is bolted to the

body via rubber mountings to further isolate the cabin from road
vibrations giving the Meriva a quieter
cabin
. The control arms are fitted with hydraulic
bushes which help to further reduce vibration in the steering.


At the rear, a space
-
saving torsion b
eam axle is retained, while the thickness of the
beam is increased by 0.6mm to meet the needs of a new geometry.

New
e
lectro
-
hydraulic power steering system for improved precision and feel

An Electro
-
Hydraulic Power Steering (EHPS) system replaces the pr
evious all
-
electric
set
-
up in response to the Meriva’s increased size, larger
tyre footprint

and the targeted
improvements in ride and handling. It is tuned for greater driving feel with less unwanted
vibration

and kickback
.

Vauxhall

engineers have speci
fied a new, more compact steering column which offers
the driver reach and height adjustment. The range of settings


40mm for reach and
50mm in height


is exceptionally wide and matches the great adjustability of the
driver’s seat, contributing to the im
proved ergonomics of the car. The collapsible length
of the column is also increased and a new top mounting allows greater leg space and
more room for protective knee padding.

New engine mounts improve running refinement

Engine vibrations in the cabin


and also fuel consumption


are reduced by the
introduction of Neutral Torque Axis (NTA) engine mountings, first seen in the Corsa.
These separate the loads from the weight of the engine and its torque movement under
power.

The transversely
-
installed eng
ine is suspended at both ends from two top mounts, while
two lower mountings, front and
back
, control its torque movement. In this way, static
and dynamic loads can be controlled independently, allowing engineers to fine
-
tune the
mountings to the character
istics of each engine/transmission combination. In each case,
the idle speed has also been lowered slightly, improving fuel economy without causing
any uncomfortable resonances inside the cabin.

Upgraded brakes and stability control give greater active saf
ety

The Meriva’s braking performance has been boosted, thanks to the new car’s larger
discs,
front and rear. Two brake sizes are available, according to engine power:




Models with the 1.3 CDT
i
, the naturally
-
aspirated 1.4 and the 1.4 Turbo (
120PS
)
engine
s

are
fitted
with
280mm ventilated discs at the front (+20 mm compared

with

the previous
petrol
-
engined
Meriva
s
) and 264mm solid discs (+24 mm) at
the rear.



Variants with the
140PS

1.4 Turbo
petrol

engine and
the

1.7 CDT
i

engine come
with 308 mm ventilate
d front discs (+28 mm) and 264mm solid rear discs
(unchanged compared
with

previous Meriva).


To liberate

more interior space,
all

Meriva
s

are

fitted with an
Electric Parking Brake

(EPB) as standard. The actuator is at the base of the gearshift leaver and
is particularly
easy to operate with just one finger, even when the vehicle is fully loaded on a steep
grad
ient
. When driving away, there is no need to even manually
release

the EPB.

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
is standard across the range and tune
d to function
progressively, avoiding
abrupt,

early interventions.
When ESC does intervene, it brakes
the appropriate combination of wheels, and if necessary modulates the electronic
throttle too, helping the driver to regain control.


Traction Control (TC
) is included within the ESC system and, as a result, a traditional
winter mode button for the automatic transmission is no longer required to launch the
car smoothly in slippery conditions.

Other active safety functions controlled by the ESC software incl
ude:

Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD),
which ensures optimum braking force is
applied at both axles simultaneously for maximum stability under heavy braking.

Electronic Drag torque Control (EDC),
which prevents the vehicle from becoming
unstable d
ue to the braking effect of the engine if the driver suddenly lifts off the
accelerator or engages a gear that is too low. If the onset of slip is detected in the driven
wheels, engine torque will be increased until the wheels are rotating at an appropriat
e
rate.

Straight Line Stability (SLS)
and
Corner Stability Control (CSC)
are activated if the
car is braking while cornering or travelling straight ahead under split friction road
conditions. Brake pressure is individually varied between all four wheels in

order to keep
the car stable.

Brake Assist System (BAS)

helps the driver in emergency braking situations by
ensuring greater deceleration than possible through the regular brake booster. Even
unskilled drivers can achieve shorter braking distances.

Optio
nal ESC functions are:

Hill Start Assist (HSA).
This
option
minimi
s
es any downhill movement of the car when
taking off on a slope if the Electric Park Brake (EPB) has not been engaged. Typically,
HSA briefly maintains pressure at the rear brakes when the d
river steps from the brake
to the accelerator pedal.

Deflation Detection System (DDS)



option offered in conjunction with HSA
.
This
function warns the driver of any loss of pressure in the t
y
res. The ESC wheel speed
sensors detect any change in the radi
us of the t
y
re due to deflation as the rotational
speed signal will be altered. The driver is then alerted by a warning display.

Hydraulic Brake Fade Assist (HBFA)

automatically raises braking pressure to
compensate for fade under repeated
heavy braking
ap
plications
.


Active Rollover Protection (ARP)
prevents the possibility of the vehicle overturning
when cornering at high speeds. The ESC controller applies the brakes as required to
maintain stability


a useful feature, particularly when carrying a heavy
roof load.


8.

NEW VAUXHALL MERIVA TECHNICAL DATA


Petrol

engines


1.4


1.4
T
urbo

(
120PS
)

1.4 Turbo

(
140PS
)

Emissions standard compliance


Euro
5

Euro
5

Euro
5

Number of cy linders

/ v alves per cy linder


4
/4

4
/4

4
/4

Displacement

cm³

1398

1
364

1
364

Bor
e x stroke

mm

73.4 x 82.6

72.5 x 82.6

72.5 x 82.6

Max. out put

PS

100

120

140


at rpm

600
0

4800


6000

4900


6000

Max. t orque

Nm

1
30

1
7
5

200


at rpm

4000

1750


48
00

1850


4
9
00

Compression rat io


10.5 : 1

9.5 : 1

9.5 : 1

Transmi ssi ons





5
-
speed m
anual








6
-
speed manual








Trailer load in kg





Unbraked


670


6
80


6
80

Braked at 10% gradient


85
0

1150


1300

Braked at 12% gradient


75
0

1
05
0

1200


Diesel engines


1.3 CDTI


(75PS)

1.7 CDTI

(
100PS
)

Emissions st andard compliance


Euro 5

Euro 5

Number of
cy linders

/v alves per cy linder


4
/4

4
/4

Displacement

in cm³

1248

1686

Bore x st roke

mm

69.6 x 82.0

79.0 x 86.0

Max. out put

PS

75

1
00


at rpm

4000

4
0
00

Max. t orque

Nm

1
8
0

2
6
0


at rpm

1750


2500

1700
-

2550

Compression rat io


16.8
: 1

18.0 : 1

Transmi ssi ons




5
-
speed manual






6
-
speed
aut omat ic






Trai l er l oad i n kg




Unbraked


710

740

Braked at 10% gradient


1
1
00

-

Braked at 12% gradient


1
0
00

1
2
00



Driving performance, fuel consumption and emissions




Performance


Fuel Consumption
(
mpg
)

2


CO
2



Maximum
speed
.

mph

Acceleration

0



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1.4

.(
100PS
)

110

13.9

35.8

55.4

46.3

144

1.
4 Turbo
(
120PS
)

117

11.5

35.3

56.5

46.3

143

1.
4

T
urbo (
14
0PS
)

122

10.3

32.1

52.3

42.2

1
56

1.
3 CDTI (
75PS
)

99

16.9

47.9

65.7

57.6

129

1.
7

CDTI (
100PS
)

106

13.9

32.8

55.4

44.1

168


2

Data according to 1999/100/EC


Car dimensions
in mm


Length

4288

Widt h
mirrors

ret ract ed

/
ext ended


1812/1992

Height

1615

W
heelbase

2644

Track, f ront

1488

Track, rear

1509

Turni ng cl earance i n m


Wall
-
to
-
wall

11.48

Kerb t o kerb

11.06

Luggage compartment di mensi ons i n mm


Floor lengt h t o rear seat backs

815

Floor lengt h wit h rear seat backs f olded
down

1642

Widt h at
wheelarches

1038

Maximum widt h

1052

Height of sill

669

Height
boot
-
lid opening

791

Widt h at waist line

1038
-

1086

Luggage compartment capaci ty (l ) accordi ng to ECI E


Luggage compartment to top of rear seat backs

400

Wit h rear seat backs f olded f orwa
rd, up t o t op of f ront seat backs

920

Wit h rear seat backs f olded f orward, up t o
roof

1500

Wei ght and axl e l oad i n kg


Ke
rb weight incl. driv er (according to 70/156/EC)

from 1360

Gross v ehicle weight

1890

Pay load

530

Maximum axle load, f ront
/ rear

9
85/950


Maximum roof load

60


Fuel t ank capacit y (in lit ers)

54