GM’s Opel has refreshed its best-selling Meriva minivan, replacing a 1.7-liter diesel with an award-winning entry-level 1.3-liter diesel engine, and offering a new, more fuel-efficient 1.6-liter gasoline engine for the line.
Since its debut in 2003, the five-seat Meriva has become the segment leader in Europe, selling more than 500,000 units with 180,000 of those in 2005.
For the new entry-level diesel, Opel chose the new 1.3 CDTI engine with common-rail injection, four-valve technology and swirl control. The engine produces 55kW (75hp) and 170 Nm of torque and replaces an older 1.7-liter diesel with the same power rating. The Meriva still offers a 1.7-liter diesel with a higher power rating.
The 1.3 CDTI, familiar from the Corsa, Tigra and Astra, was named Engine of the Year 2005 in the 1.0- to 1.4-liter displacement category. The smallest four-cylinder common-rail turbo-diesel in the world, it takes the Meriva to a top speed of 157 km/h (98 mph) and only requires an average of 5.0 liters fuel per 100 kilometers (47 mpg US).
The 1,248 cc, four-valve engine has a compression ratio of 17.6:1 and a 1,400-bar injection system that provides up to five injections per cycle for ultra-fine fuel atomization.
The 1.3-liter diesel features a maintenance-free Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) as standard. All Meriva models are Euro-4 compliant. The new 1.3 emits 135 g/km of CO2.
The second new engine in the Meriva range is the 1.6 TWINPORT ECOTEC, also used in the Astra and Zafira. With a power output of 77 kW/105 hp, it delivers five horsepower more than the previous 1.6-liter gasoline engine; but with average fuel consumption of 6.7 liters per 100 kilometers (35 mpg US), it is more than eight percent more economical than its predecessor. The Meriva 1.6 TWINPORT reaches a maximum speed of 181 km/h (112 mph).
The Opel minivan’s diesel engine range has been especially popular with French, Italian and Spanish Meriva drivers. In Spain, around 77% of buyers chose a diesel model, with 69% in France and 52% in Italy also opting for diesel.
Opel expects the new 1.3-liter CDTI engine will increase the number of diesel models sold in Germany and Great Britain, as well as in Western and Central Europe.
|1.4||Gasoline||66 (90)||125||6.4||37||Euro 4||154|
|1.6||Gasoline||77 (105)||150||6.7||35||Euro 4||161|
|1.8||Gasoline||92 (125)||165||7.9||30||Euro 4||190|
|1.6 Turbo||Gasoline||132 (180)||230||7.8||30||Euro 4||187|
|1.3 CDTI||Diesel||55 (75)||170||5.0||47||Euro 4||135|
|1.7 CDTI||Diesel||74 (100)||240||5.2||45||Euro 4||140|