Chevrolet is readying a compact SUV to rival the Ford EcoSport. The model will be unveiled at the Delhi motor show next month.

The sub-four-metre SUV is likely to be based on GM’s Gamma II plaform that underpins the Chevrolet Spark, Aveo, Trax and Vauxhall Mokka. The model is understood to be powered by a 77bhp 1.3-litre diesel engine.

The new model will be targeted primarily at the Asian market. Last month GM confirmed Chevrolet’s European operations were to close in order for the firm to focus on its Vauxhall and Opel brands. A Vauxhall spokesman said there were no plans for it to be introduced under the Vauxhall or Opel banner.

A facelifted version of the Chevrolet Spark, badged locally as Beat, will also premiere at the show, featuring new bumpers and lights.