The next Vauxhall Zafira and Meriva models will be based on platforms developed with PSA (Peugeot/Citroen), according to Karl-Thomas Neumann, President of Vauxhall and Opel Europe.
Neumann confirmed that 'we will use platforms and engine technology from PSA on both our MPV models. We don’t want to build the same cars [as PSA]; they will be different.'
Company sources within Vauxhall have also said that the new MPVs will have SUV-like design characteristics, so it’s likely that both will have high-set bodies and driving positions, and potentially even four-wheel drive as an option.
The Meriva will arrive first in 2016, with the Zafira to follow shortly after, and both will share their architecture with the forthcoming replacements for the Peugeot 3008 and 5008.
Expect a colour touch-screen and extensive online 4G connectivity functions as part of the OnStar system that Neumann has confirmed 'will be optional only on the entry-level models' across the Vauxhall range.
Both models will be offered with a variety of sub-100g/km petrol and diesel engines, as the company strives to achieve an average CO2 output of 95g/km across its range by 2020, which Neumann stated 'would be achievable with more efficient combustion engines and lighter materials, rather than electrification.'