The new Opel Meriva minivan offers a new range of economical gasoline, LPG and diesel engines. The highlight is the 1.6 CDTI diesel available in three output levels: 100 kW/136 hp, 81 kW/110 hp, and new in the range, the 70 kW/95 hp. The new 70 kW/95 hp 1.6 CDTI comes with Start/Stop as standard and is available with a low-friction six-speed manual transmission.
It replaces the previous generation 1.3‑liter diesel with the same output and increases maximum torque by 100 to 280 N·m; fuel consumption is 4.0 liters diesel per 100 km (58.8 mpg US) in the combined cycle, with 105 g/km CO2—four grams less than its predecessor. This has earned the Meriva the best A+ energy efficiency label in Germany.
The new Meriva 1.6 CDTI already complies with the future Euro 6 emission standards. The necessary reduction in nitrogen oxide is achieved through Lean NOx Technology (LNT). The system’s special LNT catalyst stores the nitrogen oxide. When the storage capacity is used up, the engine management system automatically begins regeneration. Opel’s LNT system is entirely maintenance-free.
With the new entry-level engine, the diesel-powered Meriva is now available for €19,150 (US$25,962) (RRP incl. VAT in Germany).