General Motors Caught Testing Sonic-Based Crossover, Should It Come Here?

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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

We all have in our mind what we want, hoping that Buick will come through for us.Looking for a nice ride and Buick is one of the best. Would like the Mini Buick Enclave, (Encore) but not too mini. Personally I would like the same width SUV as the Buick Enclave is, but just shorter. Seating for 5 rather than 7. I don't want to have to sit shoulder to shoulder like you do in all the rest of the mini SUV, a real downfall for those who like the ride of a Buick. . .
Sure! America embraces import small SUV's, I bet they would embrace domestic ones.
I don't see why they shouldn't. They bulk of the work (and money spent) will already have been done. I have heard rumors that Buick will get a luxury version dubbed the Encore (as apposed to an Equinox/Terrain/SRX/9-4x based crossover). Also, I think there is a market for a Chevy and Buick. Also, once GM phases out the Acadia, GM's crossovers and SUVs would not overlapp too much: Compact Crossover: Chevy (Tracker?) Luxury Compact: Buick Encore Midsize Crossover: Chevy Equinox, GMC Terrain Luxury Midsize: Cadillac SRX Large Crossover: Chevy Traverse, GMC Acadia being phased out. Luxury: Buick Enclave Full-size SUV: Chevy Tahoe, Suburban; GMC Yukon/Yukon XL Luxury: GMC Yukon Denali/XL; Cadillac Escalade, ESV
VERY interested IF it has the same interior dimentions as my Maxx and decent performance.

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