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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 27 February 2021

Get into the Groove: Chevrolet announces new mini SUV in the UAE

The Middle East will receive the US manufacturer's latest offering at the tail end of 2021

New mini SUVs have been piling into the Middle East over the last few months, and the latest to join the fray is the Chevrolet Groove.

Set for an official launch in the region later in 2021, the vehicle is being styled as a fun crossover for younger drivers. The Groove offers a little more space inside than your average compact offering (though considerably less than its siblings the Tahoe and Captiva, of course).

And, while there is no clue as to the new arrival’s off-road capabilities, it has been given some distinctly snazzy lines to make it look the part.

The horizontal three-line grille, emblazoned with the Chevrolet bowtie logo, is flanked by ultra-thin headlamps, which the manufacturer says emphasises the “sporty and aggressive personality” of the crossover. The Groove also comes with a semi-panoramic sunroof.

We’re told there will be a reasonable selection of driver aids as well, with reverse camera and sensors coming as standard, likewise stability and traction control.

Power-wise, the Groove will be fitted with a 1.5-litre engine, paired with a continuously variable transmission to ensure a smooth ride.

Details about the interior are scant at the moment, but the Groove apparently offers an eight-inch touchscreen that has been loaded with Chevrolet’s standard (but very serviceable) infotainment system.

The manufacturer is suitably upbeat about its new offering.

“The Chevrolet Groove is a fun, sporty crossover, delivering on the performance, design and reliability that Chevrolet’s customers have come to expect,” said Kelly MacDonald, chief marketing officer for General Motors Africa and Middle East.

No word on pricing yet, but the Groove will be in Middle East showrooms at the tail end of 2021.

Updated: February 22, 2021 01:41 PM

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