The Opel Meriva has been in its second generation since 2010 and is set for a comprehensive makeover now. Spy shots have confirmed that the all-new model is under development. According to a report from AutoBild, the third generation Opel Meriva or its replacement (if the name is changed) will debut in early 2017.
The 2017 Opel Meriva will likely be redesigned with the new design language seen on 2016 Opel Astra and 2016 Opel Astra Sports Tourer. A speculative rendering created by the German publication using the 2015 Renault Espace as the base previews how the 2017 Opel Meriva may look like with the new design language. This rendering could be a perfect design for the production-spec model if Opel chooses to retain the pure MPV styling. However, reports say that the all-new model will be a mashup of crossover and MPV, something like what Renault did with the Espace in fifth generation, only smaller in size.
According to another recent report, the plan for Opel is to introduce three new products in the crossover/SUV segment. This is in response to the market demand shifting from MPVs to crossovers. So naturally, as reported in October, the next-gen Meriva model won’t carryover the ‘FlexDoors’. The 2017 Meriva will be GM’s first model to be launched in the market that will be co-developed with PSA Peugeot Citroen, sharing a new modular platform with the the next-gen Peugeot 3008.