Chevrolet has taken the covers off the second-generation Cruze Hatchback ahead of its official debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. US customers will be able to get their hands on the sleek five-door hatch later in the year, alongside the sedan version that made its debut in June 2015.
Built on the same platform, the Cruze Hatchback has the same 2,700-mm wheelbase as its sedan counterpart. The car tips the scale 91 kg lighter than its predecessor thanks to the all-new architecture and lighter engine.
Not only that, both the sedan and hatchback look about the same too, except the latter appears sleeker with its unique roofline and rear-end structure. It also features wraparound rear lights and an integrated spoiler at the top of the liftgate.
It’ll be offered in the US in LT and Premium trims, and with the optional RS package, which adds front and rear fascias, rocker panels, rear spoiler, fog lamps and 18-inch wheels.
In terms of functionality, the Cruze Hatchback boasts 524 litres of cargo space, which expands to 1,189 litres with the rear seat folded. The car is also equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, together with other standard equipments including heated steering wheel and seats, and ‘Athens’ leather upholstery.
Regardless of variants, the Cruze Hatchback comes with a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine packing 153 hp and 240 Nm of torque. The drivetrain is combined with the presence of electric power steering and, on Premier models, a Z-link rear suspension for a more engaging driving experience. As for safety, there’s Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Park Assist.
Chevrolet Introduces 2017 Cruze Hatch
HERE’S THE STORY
Ahead of its debut at the North American International Auto Show, Chevrolet today introduced the 2017 Cruze Hatchback. Developed with all the technologies and dynamic driving attributes of the all-new 2016 Cruze sedan, the new hatch adds a functional and sporty choice for customers. It joins Colorado and Trax as the latest Chevrolets to push into new segments.
The Cruze Hatch has the same, class-leading 106.3-inch (2,700 mm) wheelbase as sedan models, but features a unique roof and rear-end structure – including wraparound taillamps and an integrated spoiler at the top of the liftgate. It opens to offer 18.5 cubic feet (524 liters) of cargo space behind the rear seat. With the rear seat folded, cargo space expands to 42 cubic feet (1,189 liters).
“With 9 percent market growth in small hatchbacks last year, it’s the perfect time to bring the Cruze Hatch to America,” said Alan Batey, president, General Motors North America and Global Chevrolet. “As Cruze continues to set the tone for Chevrolet globally, it articulates the brand promise of offering cars with the latest technologies, more features and greater efficiency, performance and safety with fresh, distinctive styling.”
ABOUT THE NEW CRUZE
An all-new, more rigid and lighter architecture is the Cruze’s foundation for driving dynamism, while also playing a significant role in safety and efficiency. It is more than 200 pounds (91 kg) lighter than the previous-generation model due largely to a body structure that is 100 pounds lighter and an engine that’s 44 pounds (20 kg) lighter.
The Cruze lineup in North America is offered in L, LS, LT and Premier – and a more expressive RS package, featuring unique front and rear fascias, rocker panels, rear spoiler, fog lamps and – on the Premier model – 18-inch wheels.
The 2017 Cruze Hatch will be offered in LT and Premier trims, and with the RS package.
– Segment-exclusive standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility via the MyLink radio systems and available 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot
– More standard safety features than any other compact car – including Corolla and Civic – with available adaptive features including Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Park Assist
– Available Teen Driver feature helps support safe driving habits and offers driving statistics for parents
– Standard 1.4L turbo engine with direct injection and Stop/Start technologies, electric power steering and, on Premier models, a Z-link rear suspension
– Interior with midsize-level roominess, including two inches greater rear legroom than Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra
– Available features include a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, Athens leather-appointed seating surfaces, true French seams and halogen projector-beam headlamps with LED signature lighting.
– Cruze is Chevrolet’s best-selling car around the world, with 3.5 million sold since it went on sale in 2008
– Since Cruze’s introduction, Chevrolet’s retail share of the segment has grown from 5.8 to 9.4 percent
– 35 percent of Cruze customers are new to Chevrolet
– In the U.S., Cruze is the segment’s second-best seller to customers under 25.