Spy photos are showing Opel is working on a subcompact sedan for Europe, unless we're looking at a new Chevy Sail for China.

The prototype may have Buick’s waterfall grille but it appears to be a fake element, while the camouflage and the license plate indicate we’re actually dealing with an Opel. It’s quite possibly a Corsa Sedan for Europe and other markets or a fourth-generation Chevy Sail destined to be sold in China. Either way, General Motors is working on a subcompact four-door sedan set to be based on the upcoming all-new Corsa F supermini spotted at the beginning of the month.

These two models are expected to share the same platform with the next-generation Chevy Sonic and will use an assortment of three- and four-cylinder engines, all of which are going to be turbocharged. The new Opel Corsa will have very little in common with the current E generation, a model which is actually based on the previous Corsa D underpinned by the GM Fiat Small platform also used by the Grande Punto launched 11 years ago.

2018 Opel Corsa Sedan spy photo
2018 Opel Corsa Sedan spy photo

Both the five-door hatchback and the four-door sedan will likely share most of the design, with the obvious exception of the rear end where the sedan will be longer and boxier to accommodate a larger trunk. It should be the same story on the inside where the two body styles will likely be very much the same, unless GM is actually working on a Buick version with a fancier cabin. For a subcompact sedan, the prototype appears to be quite large and that likely translates into a spacious interior granted by the generous wheelbase for a model in its class.

The hatchback with an Opel/Vauxhall badge will likely be the first to see the light of day in the second half of 2017 and will be followed shortly by the sedan. If there will be a European version of the Corsa Sedan, it will be interesting to see whether GM will want to sell it in U.K. with the Vauxhall badge.

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