Chevrolet has introduced the 2017 Cruze Hatchback ahead of its debut at the 2016 NAIAS (Detroit motor show). The hatchback is based on the sedan, which Chevrolet revealed in 2015, and demonstrates GM's continued push towards a sportier design language.
The Chevrolet Cruze Hatch derivative has the same 2 700mm wheelbase as the sedan, but features a revised roof and rear end. The boot opens to offer 524 litres of luggage space behind the rear seat and with the rear seatback folded forward, 1 189-litres of utility capacity is available.
The Cruze Hatchback utilises a more rigid and lighter platform than its predecessor. The hatch is claimed to be 91 kg lighter than the previous generation car, mostly by virtue of a lighter body and a slimmer new engine (20 kg).
The 2017 Cruze Hatch will be offered in LT and Premier trims, and with the RS package. The RS pack (pictured above), comes with unique front and rear fascias, rocker panels, rear spoiler, fog lamps and (on the Premier model) 18-inch wheels.
Headline features on the Cruze Hatch
Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility via the MyLink radio systems. 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot (if specified).
Adaptive safety features including Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Alert and Rear Park Assist.
A Teen Driver feature helps support safe driving habits and offers driving statistics for parents.
A 1.4-litre turbopetrol engine, producing 113 kW and 240 Nm, will be standard.
Available features include a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, Athens leather- seats and halogen projector-beam headlamps with LED lighting.
Chevrolet South Africa was not able to give a time frame for the Cruze's introduction but did mention that it would definitely be brought into SA.