New diesel engines for Vauxhall Meriva

The three petrol engines and two diesel units available from launch have now been joined by the greenest engine in the range and the most powerful.

The smaller of the two new units, the 1.3-litre CDTi delivering 95PS, is a more powerful version of the entry-level 1.3-litre CDTi 75PS diesel already offered. However, the new unit will be used on all Vauxhall Meriva ecoFLEX models and as such, will benefit from lower CO2 emissions and greater fuel economy than its sibling.

The official CO2 figures drop by 10g/km to 119g/km and fuel economy on the combined cycle is increased by nine per cent to 62.8mpg compared to the similar sized model on the previous Meriva range.

At the other end of the scale, the 1.7 CDTi 130PS joins the existing 100PS version at the top of the engine range. The 130PS unit has 300Nm of torque available at 2,000-2,500rpm and takes 9.9 seconds to reach 62mph from standing with a top speed of 121mph.

The 1.7 CDTi 130PS version includes weight-reducing measures and turbocharging technology to improve performance but maintain low CO2 figures of 138g/km and is capable of 54.3mpg on the combined cycle.

The Vauxhall Meriva arrived in UK showrooms in June 2010 and is instantly recognisable thanks to the FlexDoor system – a system whereby the rear doors open backwards towards the rear of the car.

This, says Vauxhall, creates a ‘safe load area’ for children in particular and enables easy loading and boarding of the MPV.

The new diesel Meriva range starts from £16,875 for the 1.3 CDTi 75PS model in S trim level and rises to £20,150 for the range-topping 1.7-litre 130PS model in SE trim. The ecoFLEX version starts from £17,570.