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Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Buick will have a small crossover based on Agile. GPix will give you a hint

Now that most sources have already confirmed what MotorTips has told about the new Agile being produced in Lake Orion, in Michigan, Automotive News brings us another piece of very interesting information, one that confirms the production of Agile in the USA. According to Automotive News, Buick will have an entry level crossover based on Agile. What they have not told you is that the final forms of this car already exist. The car will be heavily based on the GPix concept, revealed last year at Sao Paulo Auto Show.

It is said that the Buick version of the car will have a four-cylinder 1.6-litre turbocharged engine able to pump out 160 bhp, but this is an engine we have never heard of. We surely expect it so show up, but the engine that is more likely to be under the hood of this new crossover will be the turbocharged 1.4-litre engine that will recharge the batteries of Volt and power the upcoming Chevrolet Cruze.

In Brazil, Agile is expected to use a 105 bhp 1.4-litre flex fuel engine and a 129 bhp 1.8-litre flex fuel engine. What is to be confirmed or not is not far for us to discover. Agile must be well prepared, once it is going to face two strong contenders, the new VW Polo (fifth generation) and the new Ford Fiesta. Not to mention any possible competitor Fiat may give Chrysler should this market segment prove to be attrating North American buyers. Besides the crossover based on GPix, there will also come to life a small minivan, a sedan and a pick-up truck. It is possible some of them will also reach the USA market.

Source: Automotive News