Spy photographers have caught the 2015 Opel Agila out testing, which is set to share its platform with the next-generation Chevrolet Spark. The current Agila is based on a Suzuki-sourced kei car platform, and has been built in Hungary with virtually no major changes since 2007, making this new model long overdue.
Several similarities can be seen with this car and the next-generation Spark spied winter testing in Sweden a couple of months back. Both cars have a rearward sloping roofline, similar headlights and the same tall body shape. Interestingly, the model spied in Sweden had the door handles in a conventional spot on the doors, and while this model also does, there is a black strip over where the door handles would be on the current Spark. This is fueling speculation that the Agila will have normal door handles, while the Spark will have the same handles as the current-generation car, which are integrated into the rear doors.
Many expect the Agila to come with a naturally-aspirated version of Opel’s recently announced 1.0-liter turbocharged SIDI engine. Without a turbocharger, this unit should produce around 70 horsepower and around 73 lb-ft of torque, though this power plant has not been confirmed.
According to Autoevolution, the 2015 Agila will start at around £7,000 (approximately $11,600 US). This undercuts Opel’s own Adam city car, as well as primary competitors such as the Dacia Sandero and Volkswagen Up!
Check out the photos here.