By now, you may already know that the subcompact architecture underpinning the Buick Encore and Opel Mokka will spawn a Chevrolet variant. Sources who are familiar with Chevy’s first-ever subcompact crossover say that it will be “distinctly Chevy” compared to its Buick and Opel brethren, with an entirely different driving disposition and the bow tie brand’s styling cues inside and out.
In fact, one source told us that the Chevy will have a totally different rear end compared to the Encore and Mokka.
The GM Authority Take
After driving the Buick Verano, own Manoli Katakis wrote the following:
Certainly there will be ignoramuses that will see the vehicles as the same model with minor change-ups (the stereotypical badge engineering practice), but this case would honestly be like comparing my college football-playing little brother with my female cousin who is an interior design major. They may share similar genes, but there are major differences between both.
So, if the Gamma-plus-based Chevy ute is to the Encore what Cruze is to the Verano — offering a substantially different personality and styling that doesn’t scream “rebadge” — then GM may just have a hit on its hands. From what it sounds like, we’re in for another case of well-done platform sharing, rather than the frowned-upon practice of badge engineering. And we can’t wait to see the resulting Chevy at an upcoming auto show (New York’s our guess).
Our only two questions: what engine will power the Chevy… and what name will it wear?