Even though they’re less efficient, have subpar handling characteristics, and are actually not as safe as their hatchback and wagon counterparts, crossovers seem to be all the rage these days. So we’d be surprised if you haven’t yet heard about the forthcoming subcompact Chevy crossover that will share the Gamma Extended platform with the Buick Encore/Opel Mokka.
While the name and availability are unknown at this point, we were able to get our hands on the rendering you see here. The vehicle seen here looks tremendously similar the patent drawings discovered last week — which look almost identical to the Encore and Mokka. That said, we’re certain that this Chevy crossover will have inferior NVH levels and lower-grade materials than the Encore. In the meantime, we’ll keep our ears to the proverbial ground on this one, but what we do know so far is that this ute will be to the Encore what the Cruze is to Verano/Excelle.
The GM Authority Take
This would make a great rival to the Ford EcoSport B-segment crossover — which isn’t planned for North America as of this writing. As such, this subcompact will slot in under the Chevy Captiva in markets outside the United States.
Hat tip to Brian S.