Leaked patent for Chevrolet's version of the Buick Encore/Opel MokkaEnlarge Photo
General Motors already sells a rebadged version of its new 2013 Buick Encore
in Europe as the Opel Mokka but soon the automaker may have a third Encore variant, and this one may even be offered in the U.S.
Pictured above is an alleged leaked patent for a new Chevrolet crossover based on the Encore.
Found on the website of the European Patent Office by France’s L'Automobile Magazine
, the patent shows a fairly conventional compact crossover shape with strong Chevrolet design cues.
Depending on which markets it’s sold in, this new Chevy will likely come with either a 1.6-liter gasoline engine rated at 113 horsepower or a turbocharged 1.4-liter gasoline engine rated at 148 horsepower or finally, a 1.7-liter turbodiesel with 128 horsepower on tap.
Chevrolet could certainly do with the vehicle in the U.S. where its smallest crossover is currently the Equinox
, which is a good size larger than rivals like the new Ford Escape
and Toyota RAV4. And with a new range of compact crossovers like the Ford EcoSport
and Buick Encore coming onto the market, in addition to the existing MINI Cooper Countryman
, Chevrolet will be lacking an option for new car buyers in what could prove to be an important segment.