Ford may be working on a Fiesta-based compact SUV, but General Motors isn’t prepared to be outdone. A heavily-camouflaged compact crossover reportedly based around the same chassis as the Chevrolet Sonic was recently spotted undergoing winter testing in Europe.
Although believed to be badged an Opel, there’s a slight chance the spotted crossover could be sold in the United States as a Chevrolet model, according to Motor Trend. Sized similarly to Ford’s B-Max MPV, GM’s new offering will directly square off against the cross-town offering.
The crossover is expected to share the same 1.8-liter and 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4 powertrain offerings as the 2012 Sonic, and at least one diesel option will likely join for European customers.
GM has yet to confirm the small SUV, let alone whether it plans to bring the model to North America. Do you think American consumers would embrace a Sonic-based compact SUV, or are we unwilling to part from our love of larger offerings? If our fuel costs jumped to Europe’s levels would there be a change of heart? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Source: Motor Trend