A couple of days ago, we reported that the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture started production of a Baojun 510 wearing a Chevrolet emblem (project code CN180S), sharing the first official images and general information of the small utility vehicle. However, GM Authority has discovered the official name of this impending General Motors crossover: Chevrolet Groove.
That’s right, the all-new Chevrolet Groove is the Bow Tie brand’s next utility vehicle that starting this year, will begin to export to some 40 underdeveloped countries in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and other selected regions. In these markets, this new crossover will position itself as the smallest and most afforadable model in Chevrolet’s utility portfolio – below the new Tracker.
GM Authority anticipated in late 2019 that GM was preparing to launch a future model under the Groove nameplate, upon discovering that the company had filed a trademark application for that term in at least four countries in Latin America and Asia. Now, this leaked information regarding the Baojun 510-based Chevrolet Groove validates our research, and confirms that the vehicle will not be destined for the United States or Canada.
This name was first used in 2007 with the Chevrolet Groove Concept, a tall hatchback of compact proportions that was introduced alongside two other Chevrolet concepts: the Beat and the Trax. The Beat Concept went into production as the Spark, the Trax Concept gave its name to the Chevrolet Trax crossover, while the Groove Concept never saw production. However, it’s now giving its name to this new small crossover.
In addition to the name, we also learned some trim level and feature details about the upcoming Chevrolet Groove. In the markets where it will be sold, it will be available in LT and range-topping Premier variants, as the latter will include specific 16-inch wheels, a panoramic roof, an eight-inch infotainment screen as well as a two-tone color combination that is not available on the Baojun model.
The all-new Chevrolet Groove is expected to debut officially in the coming weeks in South America, as was the case with the new Chevrolet Captiva, which is based on the Baojun 530 SUV. As we previously reported, the Groove is already in production, exports will begin in June, followed by a gradual launch in the aforementioned emerging markets.