Opel is officially turning the Meriva and Zafira MPVs into crossovers image

The two all-new models will be joining the SUV family alongside a new midsize crossover that will be underpinned by the same architecture used for the next generation Insignia.

Opel has seemingly recognized defeat in the van segment and has decided to instead focus on the still popularity of crossovers in Europe by rethinking the Meriva and Zafira lines as high-riding vehicles. The first to arrive will be the next generation Meriva – which could be introduced as early as the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. It appears the Rüsselsheim executives haven’t decided yet if the new model will retain the Meriva nameplate or will switch to a new one to reflect the focus change. CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann says it will use a “very stylized” design that’s not just a rebadged version of the all-new Citroën C3 Picasso.

After the arrival of the Meriva successor, it will be time for the Zafira crossover – again the name hasn’t been confirmed to remain the same – which is also used as a successor for the not so successful Antara. The Meriva is scheduled for build in Opel’s Zaragoza, Spain plant, but the all-new Zafira will enter production around 2018 at PSA’s factory in Sochaux, France, from where the second-generation Peugeot 3008 is also coming out.

Via Automotive News