After revealing the 2016 Cruze in sedan form, Chevrolet opens the new year with the Cruze Hatch.
Scheduled to make its global debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, the new hatchback, according to the automaker, will have the same technologies and driving dynamics of the sedan along with a sportier exterior finish.
The overall exterior design carries over from the sedan version but is spruced up with a more aggressive side profile and rear. The front has Chevrolet's signature 'dual port' design combined with new tapered headlights and distinct foglights.
Over to the side, the sloped roofline seen on the sedan has been retained, along with the sculpted doors, fender flares and side skirts. The rear of the Cruze Hatch is significantly different from the sedan. It has a new set of wraparound taillights, roof-mounted spoiler and a diffuser-integrated rear bumper.
Exact dimensions weren't revealed but Chevrolet claimed it still sits on the same 2,700mm wheelbase.
Inside, the second row seats can fold flat, which allows for a maximum storage capacity of 1,336 liters. With the seats up, storage is reduced to 524 liters. Onboard amenities available in the 2017 Cruze Hatch include a MyLink system integrated with AppleCarPlay and Android Auto, and 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot.
Assistance systems, on the other hand are Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Park Assist.
Under the hood, it is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four that benefits from direct injection and stop/start tech. It puts out 155 PS along with 240 Nm of torque. Power is transferred either to a 6-speed automatic gearbox or 6-speed manual tranmission.
“With 9 percent market growth in small hatchbacks last year, it’s the perfect time to bring the Cruze Hatch to America. 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,” said Alan Batey, president, General Motors North America and Global Chevrolet.
The all-new Chevrolet Cruze Hatch will be sold as a 2017 model year.