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by Matt Brogan

Proof at last! Here’s the first images revealing Opel’s FlexDoor system for the new Meriva without an inch of disguise. It was first previewed on the Meriva Concept which debuted at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show. The new generation Mervia has once again been spotted undergoing testing in southern Europe.

Losing more and more of its camouflage, the Mervia prototype bears a strong family resemblance to Opel’s new Insignia and Astra thanks to a similar lower side body design. Elsewhere, the spy photos also reveal the car’s new headlights and tail lamps, both of which help to give the Mervia’s front and rear ends dynamic appearance.

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Engine options will likely mirror that of those offered on the new Astra. This means we can expect the Meriva will feature a naturally aspirated 1.4-litre engine as well as a turbocharged 1.4-litre with 104kW. On the diesel side, the Mervia will likely offer up to four different Euro5 compliant engines with outputs ranging from 70 to 120kW.

Look for the new Mervia to be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010.




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