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.