- Jun 7, 2007
Rendered Speculation: Chevy/Opel cute 'ute
So far, General Motors has been taking a measured approach with crossover vehicles. The General has recently rolled out the seven-to-eight-seat Lambda-based Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave to join its smaller Chevy Equinox, Pontiac Torrent and Saturn VUE. Now we're hearing from the folks over at Motor Authority that an even smaller CUV based off of the Opel Corsa could soon be sold at your local Chevy dealer.
European Opels are currently being brought into the US as re-badged and good-looking Saturns, but Chevy's status as the General's volume brand may garner it some of the styling and handling benefits of GM's Euro marque. GM already unveiled the T2X concept in Korea, showing that it has the design resources to make good-looking small CUVs, and some of those styling cues are destined to be used on an Opel Corsa-based CUV, reports Motor Authority. The cute 'ute is rumored to hit our shores as a 2010 model wearing a Bow Tie badge instead of the Saturn stamp. The Chevy version of this small crossover will undoubtedly receive different powertrains than what's offered overseas, and we'd imagine that a mild hybrid mated to a fuel-efficient four-cylinder would result in above average gas mileage.
[Source: Motor Authority]