Opel/Vauxhall Zafira and Meriva to become SUVs in 2016

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    Opel/Vauxhall Zafira and Meriva to become SUVs in 2016

    28 Oct, 2014 10:00am James Batchelor

    Vauxhall will replace its Meriva and Zafira people carriers with SUV-styled MPVs within the next two years, as well as introducing a luxurious flagship SUV. Our exclusive images show the look of the new trio, which will give Vauxhall direct rivals to Nissan’s highly successful Juke, Qashqai and X-Trail ranges.

    Thanks to a partnership with the PSA Peugeot-Citroen Group, the GM brands are forging ahead with plans to replace the Meriva and ageing Zafira MPVs with cars that, they say, are better suited to current market demands.

    As our images show, the Meriva and Zafira will ditch their MPV bodies in favour of a high-riding, SUV-style look. Our sources have confirmed that both cars could arrive as soon as 2016.
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    Re: Opel/Vauxhall Zafira and Meriva to become SUVs in 2016

    Let me guess, The Enclave and the new Encore going to Europe?

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    Re: Opel/Vauxhall Zafira and Meriva to become SUVs in 2016

    Quote Originally Posted by mchicha View Post
    Let me guess, The Enclave and the new Encore going to Europe?
    Are the riding on a PSA platform?

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    Re: Opel/Vauxhall Zafira and Meriva to become SUVs in 2016

    Quote Originally Posted by mchicha View Post
    Let me guess, The Enclave and the new Encore going to Europe?
    I am pretty sure neither one of those are Peugeot vehicles.
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    Re: Opel/Vauxhall Zafira and Meriva to become SUVs in 2016

    Those look great! I guess we are seeing what the new SRX, Equinox and Terrain will all eventually be based on as well. It all looks good to me.

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    Re: Opel/Vauxhall Zafira and Meriva to become SUVs in 2016

    From this article in March 2014 http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/ge...end-new-models it seems like they'll be PSA platforms with PSA engines but with unique Opel/Vauxhall sheet metal.

    From this article in December 2013 http://europe.autonews.com/article/2...mpact-platform the Zafira will be built by PSA and the Meriva by Opel Spain.

    Does anyone know if the GM-PSA alliance agreement allows for Opel versions to be used as Buicks?
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    Re: Opel/Vauxhall Zafira and Meriva to become SUVs in 2016



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    Re: Opel/Vauxhall Zafira and Meriva to become SUVs in 2016

    I've said it for a while now...Opel needs some image boosters, a flagship, something beyond the Opel norm. Struggling brands need image boosters as much as they volume boosters.

    This kind of vehicle, and the other more progressive CUVs, will boost Opel's image and give them a more upscale appeal.

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    Re: Opel/Vauxhall Zafira and Meriva to become SUVs in 2016

    Isn't the Encore/Mokka pretty much a Meriva CUV already?
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    Re: Opel/Vauxhall Zafira and Meriva to become SUVs in 2016

    Quote Originally Posted by mchicha View Post
    Let me guess, The Enclave and the new Encore going to Europe?
    Encore is already there as the Mokka.

    Opel will probably kill off the Meriva name and the Zafira will become the Envision.
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    Re: Opel/Vauxhall Zafira and Meriva to become SUVs in 2016

    Quote Originally Posted by autoplaybook View Post
    Isn't the Encore/Mokka pretty much a Meriva CUV already?
    The Meriva has way more interior space.

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    Re: Opel/Vauxhall Zafira and Meriva to become SUVs in 2016

    I agree with MORE SUVs is good but disappointed in the loss of a far better car that is still part of a successful class of car

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    Re: Opel/Vauxhall Zafira and Meriva to become SUVs in 2016

    Interested to see how this plays out. I hope PSA build is not a mistake.
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    Re: Opel/Vauxhall Zafira and Meriva to become SUVs in 2016

    Quote Originally Posted by RedVee8 View Post
    Interested to see how this plays out. I hope PSA build is not a mistake.
    I have to say I don't understand it - current Zafira is built off the Astra-J (Delta II) platform with the Astra-K about to launch - current Meriva is built off the old Gamma platform which goes forward under the Mokka/Trax/Encore despite the new Corsa-E retaining the Fiat SCCS platform from the outgoing Corsa-D.

    One of Opel's main issues is space production capacity so I don't see any advantage sharing with PSA when Opel already has suitable platforms and engines which will stay in production for other GM models.

    Specifically, it means that Opel/Vauxhall will be selling sub-compacts built on three different platforms - Mokka on Gamma, Corsa on SCCS and Meriva on PSA.
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    Re: Opel/Vauxhall Zafira and Meriva to become SUVs in 2016

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruperts Trooper View Post
    I have to say I don't understand it - current Zafira is built off the Astra-J (Delta II) platform with the Astra-K about to launch - current Meriva is built off the old Gamma platform which goes forward under the Mokka/Trax/Encore despite the new Corsa-E retaining the Fiat SCCS platform from the outgoing Corsa-D.

    One of Opel's main issues is space production capacity so I don't see any advantage sharing with PSA when Opel already has suitable platforms and engines which will stay in production for other GM models.

    Specifically, it means that Opel/Vauxhall will be selling sub-compacts built on three different platforms - Mokka on Gamma, Corsa on SCCS and Meriva on PSA.
    Yes, it is strange. I assume this deal is the price for breaking off the "marriage".
    How long until Corsa comes onto Gamma/II/III?
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