The popular compact Cruze sedan been totally redesigned for the 2016 model year, and will be on sale early this year. However, General Motors just unveiled a hatchback version of the Cruze that will make its official debut at the Detroit Auto Show next week. A hatchback variant of the previous-generation Cruze is offered overseas – as is a wagon – but it’s the first time we get it.
The Cruze Hatchback, set to compete with the Mazda3 Sport, the Ford Focus, the Kia Forte5, the Volkswagen Golf, the Scion iM and the Hyundai Elantra GT, will ride on the same 2,700-mm wheelbase is its sedan sister, but according to the manufacturer, the roof and rear end are totally different. The Hatch boasts a somewhat sportier look than the sedan, with an integrated rear spoiler and wraparound taillight clusters.
Inside, the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback offers a cargo volume of 524 litres with the rear seatback in place, and a maximum volume of 1,336 litres. Amongst its aforementioned rivals, it has the second-smallest cargo hold after the Focus.
As is the case with the sedan, the Cruze Hatch will be equipped with a turbocharged, 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine that develops 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. GM estimates this powertrain will deliver a fuel economy rating of 5.9 L/100 km.
While the Cruze sedan will be offered in L, LS, LT and Premier trim levels, the hatchback version will only be available in LT and Premier trims, and a RS appearance package will be optional. Available upscale features will include leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats as well as OnStar 4G LTE on-board Wi-Fi.
The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback will arrive on the Canadian market this fall, and pricing will be available at a later date.