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2008-02-28 07:43
When Opel's Meriva concept is revealed at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, it promises to rewrite conventions on what a small MPV should resemble.

Although still a design study ahead of its official unveiling, the Meriva concept presents an idea of the next generation small family MPV.

Short overhangs and a side profile with tick-shaped detailing typical of the GTC Coupé and Flextreme concepts, define the Meriva concept's styling. The sweep in the window line ahead of the B-pillar is said to allow rear passengers a good view of the road, too.

The concept also features a FlexDoors system, or "suicide doors" where the back doors swing out towards the rear of the car from the C-pillars. The front and rear doors can be opened independently of one another.

In the Meriva Concept, this innovation is combined with the modular FlexSpace rear seating system seen on the current Meriva.

But Opel maintains this concept is about more than just new design cues.

"We're unveiling an innovative approach for even greater flexibility in Opel monocabs,' said Alain Visser, chief marketing officer for GM Europe.

"With the Zafira's Flex7 seating system and the Meriva's FlexSpace concept, we began a new era in interior variability and permanently changed the world of the automobile."

The new MPV will likely be equipped with the engines currently seen on Opel's Corsa range.

A production version of the next-generation Meriva is expected to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show later this year with European sales tipped to start early in 2009.


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