Our spies have caught the forthcoming Vauxhall Corsa based SUV out testing again and we can see enough to produce this rendering of what the production car could look like when it hits the streets in 2012. In Ireland and on the continent the car will be badged an Opel.
We refer to it as Corsa based, but in reality this will be the first Vauxhall badged car to use this platform. Developed by GM Daewoo in Korean, it’s the ‘Gamma II’ platform that has already spawned the Chevrolet Spark and Aveo. Vauxhall Opel’s Russelheim, Germany based engineers will use it as the basis of all the company’s small cars in Europe, replacing the ‘SCCS’ platform that underpins the current Corsa D and Fiat Punto (after GM and Fiat signed a joint venture). This SUV will be the first Vauxhall on the platform, closely followed by a replacement for today’s Corsa and the new Allegra city car. There will also be a Chevrolet badged sub-compact SUV based on this platform too, codenamed the ‘T2X’.
For engines the as yet unnamed SUV will rely on the Corsa, Meriva MPV and new Astra, with a four cylinder 1.4 litre turbo petrol with 120PS or 140PS; a 1.6 petrol with 180PS; and a four cylinder 1.7 litre diesel engine with either 110 or 130PS. An EcoFLEX 1.3 diesel is also a possibility, with 95PS, focused on low fuel consumption and emissions. Transmissions will be five or six speed manuals or an automatic. Two and four wheel drive versions will be available, both sporting the raised ride height.
The car will take on the Nissan Juke and MINI Countyman, as well as forthcoming mini SUVs based on the Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 208. It is expected to be better equipped and more luxurious than its mainstream rivals, however, and will debut a new multimedia ‘infotainment’ system being developed for the whole Vauxhall range. Due in 2012, the baby Antara will will be priced from about £14,000.