Spyshots: Opel Corsa-based compact SUV

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It’s about time that Opel started offering a small crossover model with hatchback proportions and appeal to city dwellers. Just about every European carmaker has or will have such a model, and the German company will join them soon with the baby Antara that was spotted testing.

These are the first spyshots we have to offer you of both the exterior and interior. It is widely rumored that the model is based on the Opel Corsa and the prototype we see here clearly proves this. At the front, the lights will borrow heavily from the new design language that was seen on the Insignia and Astra.

There is also a Chevrolet version that GM is developing, based on the Sonic, that’s being tested at the automotive giant’s facility in Korea which was also the birth place of the Chevrolet Cruze and the Chevrolet Beat.

Opel plans to launch the new model in 2011 and hence will enter a new market segment. They are confident that the new segment will continue to grow as more buyers considers exciting yet green models.

Back in 2009, when the first details of the project emerged, it was suggested that top execs expected some 200,000 units to be sold every year once it goes into production, suggesting it might be sold under more GM badges and across the world.  “Anything below that wouldn’t make economic sense as we wouldn’t then be able to fill a factory," General Motors manager Bob Lutz said at the time.

In order to make sense, the Corsa SUV would have to be frugal and adapt to urban driving. It’s expected to feature a range of four-cylinder engines, including a 140 hp 1.4-liter turbo.

The baby Antara will have to do market battle with the upcoming Fiesta-based SUV, the Nissan Juke and Audi Q3.
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