Vauxhall's new mini crossover (2013): spy photos

Published: 18 February 2011

Vauxhall and Opel are preparing a new mini SUV based on the latest Astra architecture. Think of this car, revealed in our latest spy photos, as GM Europe's answer to the Ford Kuga and Nissan Qashqai.

The unnamed crossover will be offered as a Vauxhall, Opel and Chevrolet. It's designed to offer a smaller SUV to take advantage of the downsizing trend - and it'll replace the Antara/Captiva twins which are on borrowed time, according to GM insiders.

Vauxhall/Opel crossover: the background

In 2013 Vauxhall and Opel will launch their brand-new Eurostyle compact crossover.

These new spy photos were taken in southern Europe this week.

CAR understands it's based on the Astra architecture. The exterior style will be wholly different, but we hear the interiors are recognisably linked to those in the Astra/Insignia fold.

GM's Delta platform: spawning a whole family of models

We'll see the new Zafira MPV in concept form at the 2011 Geneva motor show. That car will be based on the Astra's Delta architecture, as new GM - shorn of outposts such as Saab - tries to maximise volumes off its existing platforms rather than risk building new ones.

Efficiency is key in the new era. Which explains why a new Astra cabriolet and three-door GTC variant are also in the pipeline for the Delta box of bits.

By Tim Pollard

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