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Word is out that GMC will be adding a new subcompact crossover to its lineup. The new small truck will be positioned below the brand’s compact Terrain crossover in size and price, becoming the smallest and most-affordable vehicle in the General Motors division’s product portfolio.
Let’s get the basics out there first: The Kicks is a new low-cost small crossover focused on providing great passenger and cargo space with segment-leading fuel economy and a very strong value equation, but it’s offered only in front-wheel-drive form.
If we didn’t lose you on that last point, read on.
Class: Subcompact Crossover
Miles driven: 534
Fuel used: 18.3 gallons
2017 Fiat 500X Pop AWD
Class: Subcompact Crossover SUV
Miles driven: 158
Fuel used: 7.8 gallons
Hyundai redesigned its compact Elantra sedan last year, but the Elantra’s hatchback sibling–the Elantra GT—wasn’t included in the party; it was carried over on the previous-generation Elantra platform. For 2018, the hatchback catches up with the sedan as Hyundai introduces a redesigned GT based on the latest European-market Hyundai i30 platform. And, Hyundai has sweetened the pot with a zingy new performance version that shares its surname and its mechanical enhancements with the recently introduced Elantra Sport sedan.
Chevrolet has no fewer than five SUVs in its corporate lineup, yet none fit neatly into the “compact crossover” segment, currently the most popular in all of autodom. None, that is, until now.
Illustrations by Frank Peiler
Since the turn of the century, U.S. car sellers have been shedding brands faster than the cable TV networks have been creating reality shows.
Chevrolet debuted Redline concepts at the 2015 SEMA show, but introduced production versions today at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.