The next Meriva will undergo a radical transformation to appeal to buyers obsessed with crossovers.

Opel engineers are pushing ahead with the development of the next-generation Meriva as spy photographers have caught the model undergoing high-speed testing on the Nürburgring.

Looking nothing like the current model, the next Meriva is a victim of the crossover craze and appears to adopt a front fascia inspired by the Mokka X.  Additional styling details are hard to make out but the model has door-mounted mirrors, a sloping roof, and a tailgate-mounted spoiler.

Opel hasn't said much about the Meriva lately but it was created 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.

The model was originally expected to use an assortment of PSA-sourced engines but rumors are now indicating the model will share its powertrain with the Astra.  Nothing is official but choices could include a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine with 103 horsepower and a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with outputs of 123 hp and 148 hp.  There could also be a handful of diesel options including a 1.6-liter CDTI with 93 hp.

Gallery: Opel Meriva spy photos