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The Opel Meriva, or Vauxhall Meriva for those in the UK, has been given a mild facelift three years after it entered the European market in second-generation B form. The revised B-segment MPV will make its show debut at the 2014 Brussels’ Motor Show in Belgium this coming January.

The Meriva’s front fascia features a new grille with higher chrome content, as well as chrome accents for the fog lamps. Also new are the ‘eagle eye’ headlights, while LED daytime running lights are now available. On the side, a chrome beltline highlights the Meriva’s unique wave beltline. This feature and the centrally located door handles mark out the car’s innovative FlexDoors.

The rear gets new LED lights, and the wheels are newly-designed 17- and 18-inch items. The Opel Meriva is the only small monocab offering 18-inch rims.

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The Meriva also comes with Opel’s new diesel powertrain, the 1.6 CDTI that replaces the old 1.7. GM says that this oil burner, initially available in 136 hp/320 Nm form, is the quietest in its class. It consumes just 4.4 liters per 100 km and emits 116 g of CO2 per km, 10% less than the 130 hp 1.7L.

In addition to the 1.6 CDTI, all petrol engines and the LPG variant already comply with future Euro 6 emissions limits. The 1.4L gasoline engines (120 hp and 140 hp) are now also offered in combination with a reworked low-friction six-speed automatic transmission. As for the five and six-speed manuals, these have been upgraded and offer more precise shifting.

The new Meriva also receives a new IntelliLink infotainment system with navigation and voice control, displayed on a seven-inch colour monitor, which also shows images from the rear-view camera. Making calls and audiostreaming via Bluetooth are also possible. The Navi 950 IntelliLink comes standard with map information covering the whole of Europe, and further updates can be downloaded via USB.