New Vauxhall Meriva prices revealed

An entry-level Vauxhall Meriva will start from £15,495 and a top-of-the-range model in SE trim will cost £21,255 when the next-generation family car is launched later this year.

The five-seat compact-MPV features an innovative FlexDoor system previously only seen on cars such as the Rolls-Royce Phantom and Spyker D12.

The rear hinged back doors swing open 90 degrees towards the rear of the car. The system, first introduced in the Meriva concept car last year, allows easier access and a child-friendly ‘safe zone’ when all four side doors are open.

Called ‘suicide doors’ because of the tendency to swing open at high speeds on cars in the first half of the 20th century, the FlexDoor system employs stringent safety measures, including an automatic locking system to prevent the doors opening when the car is moving.

Taking design cues from the award-winning Insignia and British-built Astra, the Meriva boasts the signature ‘wave’ design to offer panoramic views from the rear passenger seats.

Initially the petrol engine choice consists of three versions of a 1.4-litre 16V unit with power output ranging from 100 to 140PS.

The diesel line-up offers a choice of manual or automatic transmission with either a 1.3 CDTi 75 PS or 1.7 CDTi 16V 100PS unit.

A low-CO2 ecoFLEX diesel engine will be introduced to the range later in the year along with a 130PS version of the 1.7 CDTi.

Available in S, Exclusiv and range-topping SE trim levels, the Vauxhall Meriva is due to arrive in UK showrooms in June 2010.