Our spies have caught on camera once again the third generation Opel Meriva performing preliminary testing on public roads.

Our spies have caught on camera once again the third generation Opel Meriva performing preliminary testing on public roads.

Right from the start we notice that it has a significantly different shape which makes it look more like a crossover and as you can see it seems to have lost the rear-hinged rear doors (FlexDoor) in favor of a conventional layout which should cut production costs and possibly attract more customers.

Opel is a German marque at heart but it's owned by US-based General Motors and this all-new Meriva will use a PSA platform from France and will be built in Spain, so it's a relevant example of globalization in the automotive industry. It's bound to go on sale towards the end of 2016 and will have a lot in common with the second-gen Peugeot 3008 which unsurprisingly has also been spotted recently looking more like a crossover.

The new Meriva will use PSA engines, so expect an array of three- and four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines, along with a possible plug-in hybrid version which will likely join the range later during the car’s lifecycle.

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