Opel used lot of design talent on the Meriva. It had a superb interior with some excellent colour and fabric options. The window line was unique in that it recognised the fact the kids in the back might want to see out. That’s user-centred design which I can only applaud. Those doors too.
If we read Top [Insert Name of Presenter Here]’s take on the matter we are in for gloomy news:
“The Crossland X is actually a joint-venture with the PSA Group, and uses PSA’s small platform. The next C3 Picasso will share the same platform, and will be launched at roughly the same time, as both will be built at GM’s factory in Spain.
But if you’re trying to imagine the new C3 Picasso or the Crossland X, don’t think about the current C3 Picasso. The next C3 Picasso will look a deal more crossover-y than today’s. Vauxhall-Opel’s boss Karl-Thomas Neumann recently told Top Gear: “It’s between a crossover and an MPV. It’s got more space than a crossover and is more economical. It’s FWD-only. The Mokka X is more of a crossover.”
He claimed that although it’s a joint-venture, the Crossland X is more than just a re-badge job. “If you see the cars you won’t say this is a badged Citroen or the Citroen is a badged Vauxhall. There are many unique pressings in the sheetmetal.” [I have added emphasis: “many,” he says.]
Something similar is happening a size up for Vauxhall later in the year. This extra new five-seat crossover, says the company in a statement, has an “especially sporty design.” It too is a result of the PSA-GM co-operation, and is broadly a GM crossover on the new Peugeot 3008’s underpinnings. Part of its mission will be to do a much better job than the forgotten Antara. End quote. So, out goes the Meriva with its funky doors
Funnily, Autocar don’t mention the shared platforms. Instead they go with a quote from Opel: “2017 will be a landmark year for Vauxhall. Our portfolio will grow, but it’s the quality and innovation underpinning our new products that will surprise customers.” This is a bit drab. I hoped for better from Opel, as you will be unsurprised to hear.
There are three versions of the Insignia, none of which seem to be the 2017 Buick Lacrosse which, according to Wikipedia “… rides on the lighter P2XX platform shared with the 2018 Chevrolet Impala which reduced its weight by about 300 pounds (136 kilograms), despite slightly growing in length and width.”
Autocar claims the Insignia Grand Sport is based on something called the E2
architecture platform. GM Authority claims “E2XX will replace GM’s global Epsilon 2 vehicle architecture, while replacing the crossover-only Lambda platform. E2XX is expected to first be utilized on the ninth-generation 2016 Chevrolet Malibu and possibly the 2016 Opel Insignia.” Autocar styles the new Insignias as three new models: a five-door hatchback, a “sports tourer” and a four-wheel drive country tourer. I count that as two models (a hatch, and an estate) and notice the end of the saloon version.
Here is Opel´s press release (or part thereof): “With the all-new Opel Insignia Grand Sport a five-door sedan with coupé-like silhouette, sporty handling and class-leading all-wheel drive makes its debut. Like its predecessor, more than 900,000 units of which have been sold, the new Insignia will be produced in Rüsselsheim.” At DTW we have a special solvent that cuts through corporate baloney. Using that stuff I see that Opel now calls a five-door car a saloon.
The words saloon and coupé have lost all meaning now, haven’t they? VW, Mercedes and someone else, I forget, make four-door coupes and Opel now give us a hatchback called a sedan (meaning saloon). Opel sold loads of the Insignia as a saloon. And even as they evacuate that market, BMW and Audi are selling similarly-sized hatchbacks. What is up?
Here’s another Meriva. The rear doors open backwards, like a Lancia Appia. On a family hold-all. We blinked and we missed it.