|The new Meriva.|
GM used the Bologna Motor Show as a venue to introduce the new generation of its successful Opel Meriva compact minivan, which has sold more than 500,000 units since its introduction in May 2003.
The refreshed minivan line now includes a new entry-level model with the 1.3-liter CDTI (Common rail Diesel Turbo Injection) ECOTEC diesel engine co-developed by GM Powertrain and Fiat.
The 1.3-liter CDTI—winner of an International Engine of the Year 2005 award—delivers 56 kW (75 hp) of power and 170 Nm of torque with fuel consumption in a combined European cycle of 5.0 liters/100 km (47 mpg US).
The 1.3-liter Meriva has a top speed of 156 km/h (97 mph) and accelerates from 0–100 km/h in 17.8 seconds. The vehicle meets Euro 4 emissions requirements and has a diesel particulate filter as standard. Carbon dioxide emissions are 135 g/kilometer.
This version of the 1.3-liter ECOTEC is also used in the Agila, Corsa and Tigra. Opel uses a higher-power version (66 kW / 88 hp) of the 1.3-liter ECOTEC in the Astra.
The higher-power version uses a new variable turbine geometry (VTG) turbocharger from Borgwarner Turbo Systems. The Type BV35 turbocharger system raises torque from 170 to 200 Nm, with maximum torque already available from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm.
In addition to the new diesel Meriva, Opel also announced a new 1.6-liter gasoline engine version. A higher-performance Meriva OPC with a 134 kW (180 hp), 1.6-liter gasoline engine will also be available from February 2006.