First Look: 2010 Opel Meriva

Nearly two years after appearing at the 2008 Geneva auto show in concept form, Opel has recently revealed its second generation Meriva. Called a "small, affordable monocab" by the GM's European arm, the Meriva boasts what Opel calls "FlexDoors," more commonly known here in the U.S. as rear-hinged suicide doors. They open 84 degrees, providing more room for passengers when entering and exiting. A standard B-pillar maintains chassis rigidity and side-impact safety.

Inside, the trendy lingo continues with "FlexSpace" rear seats that can be moved in a variety of directions to improve cargo or passenger space. According to Opel, the seats take less effort to move and fold down than before. Up front, a "FlexRail" console allows the front passengers to arrange storage compartments as they like. Also available is an integrated bicycle carrier that stores under the luggage compartment called "FlexFix."

All engines are turbocharged, ranging from 75 to 140 horsepower. Available transmissions include five- and six-speed manuals, and a six-speed automatic. Opel will also offer a reportedly fuel-efficient ecoFLEX version, too.

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