Sunday 13 February 2011

GM sub-compact SUV spied in Germany

GM has been testing their all-new sub-compact SUV since 2008, and this is the first time we’ve seen a genuine prototype. Previous mules were based upon jacked-up Corsa’s and modified Meriva’s.

Predictably, the newcomer will sit beneath the compact Antara SUV when it goes on sale in 2012. Working with Vauxhall/Opel is Chevrolet, so the vehicle is being co-developed with GM Daewoo Auto & Technology Co (GM DAT) in South Korea.

While powertrains are unknown, a 1.4 litre turbocharged petrol engine, producing 138bhp (140PS/103kW) and 200Nm (148lb-ft) of torque, is possible, that will be linked to a 6 speed manual gearbox.

GM has promised the new model will have genuine off-road capability to compete with the Suzuki SX4, Fiat Sedici, and Toyota Urban Cruiser.

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