The trend to have a small SUV seems to be catching on with both Ford and General Motors set to release miniture SUVs in the near future.

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Ford will base its sub-compact SUV on the Fiesta platform while General Motors will build its around the Chevrolet Sonic platform (Holden Barina as it's known here).

These spy photos were taken in Northern Sweden and show that testing is well underway. Sources suggest we will see the production-ready version next year.

The little SUV is being developed and engineered by General Motors' operations in Korea, the same folks who designed the current Holden Cruze sedan.

Will it come to Australia? There has been no official confirmation but we suspect it will make its way Down Under given the potential market.
The Holden Barina SUV, as we call it internally, is likely to get a new name when and if it goes on sale in Australia. It will sit below the Holden Captiva and benefit from a range of petrol and diesel engines.

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