An Opel Meriva prototype has broken down during testing in chilly Scandinavia.

There's no word on what happened but the issue was serious enough that the prototype had to towed back to the testing center by a Toyota Hilux.  This obviously isn't ideal but prototypes have a tendency to run into issues and this is why real-world testing is so important.

Putting the break down aside, the redesigned Meriva is a radical departure from its predecessor as it adopts a crossover-inspired design that will hopefully improve the model's appeal.  The camouflage hides most of the styling details but we can see the car will have a slender grille, sweptback headlights, and four traditional doors.  The Meriva also has an upward sweeping beltline and a rear tailgate with an integrated spoiler.

Opel has been tight-lipped about the model but it was developed as part of an ill-fated partnership with PSA Peugeot-Citroen.  As a result, the model will ride on PSA's EMP2 platform that underpins the Citroen C4 Picasso / Grand C4 Picasso and the Peugeot 308.

Earlier reports suggested the Meriva would use PSA-sourced engines but rumors are now indicating the model will share engines with the new Astra.  If this is correct, we can expect a handful of petrol options including a 1.0-liter three-cylinder with 103 horsepower and a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with outputs of 123 hp and 148 hp.  There could also be a 1.6-liter CDTI diesel engine that develops 93 hp.

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Opel Meriva prototype breaks down, gets rescued by a Toyota Hilux