Spyshots: Opel Corsa SUV Testing on Nurburgring

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It seems that just about every model under the sun is testing on the difficult Nurburgring track in Germany, in the search for a suspension setup that can be considered a good compromise between comfort and performance. Opel’s new compact SUV based on the Corsa hatchback is no exception.

Just about every European carmaker has a model offering that fits this description, and Opel’s version has been a long time in the making. It offers compact proportions and should appeal primarily to city dwellers, looking for something with more comfort and room, while also providing an extra feeling of safety.

Featuring Opel badging on the front grille and on the wheel hub caps, the Opel version will get a headlight design in line with its current design language – also seen on the Opel Insignia and new Opel Astra. However, it should also borrow from the much larger Antara SUV, a model that is clearly recognized as an Opel that’s not a sedan.

Let’s not forget that Opel is a GM subsidiary, so there will also be a Chevrolet version of the car, based on the Sonic. This particular model is being tested at the automotive giant’s facility in Korea which was also the birth place of the Chevrolet Cruze and the Chevrolet Beat.

It’s believed the Corsa SUV will be launched this year, though right now very little is know about the powertrain offering and configuration, not to mention a proper name. It will face stiff competition from the upcoming Fiesta-based SUV, Nissan Juke and Audi Q3, plus BMW offering of X1 and MINI Countryman.

In order to justify developing a small SUV, GM execs reportedly want at least 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, given the fact that Europe definitely isn’t big enough for this figure.
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