GM preparing to release the Chevrolet Cruze Wagon in the United States

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 31, 2012

Chevrolet sold 231,732 Cruze units in 2011 in the U.S. All of the sales came from just one configuration --- the four-door sedan. But spy photos reveal that General Motors is now preparing to release the Cruze wagon. The rear portion of the wagon was stretched by several inches while a tailgate with a sloping rear window was added.

GM had previously decided that a Cruze variant would skip the U.S. market.

Chevrolet’s highly practical and appealing five-door hatchback version of the Cruze is only offered outside the U.S. However, GM won’t say if the Cruze wagon would be sold in the U.S. If it does get offered in the U.S., its rivals would be small, affordable wagons from Hyundai (Elantra Touring) and Volkswagen (Jetta Sport Wagon).

The model that replaces the Elantra Touring will be presented at the Chicago Auto Show next month. Hyundai executives gave hints that the redesigned car would be marketed as a hatchback and that the "Touring" name would be dropped. It’s believed that a Cruze wagon would be cheaper than VW’s model by just a few thousand dollars.

Chevrolet’s Cruze sedan and hatchback embody a sporty design language. The Cruze’s confident posture is attributable to its wheels-out-body-in proportions, as well as its single arch roofline tapering off towards the D-pillar and its powerful concave shoulder line. Also contributing to the vehicle’s poised looks are its slim roof rails.

The Cruze’s dual-port grille and its golden bowtie placed in the center instantly communicate this station wagon as a Chevrolet. Design changes that have been incorporated into all Cruze 2013 models include an angular drawn fascia that feature horizontal slats and an enhanced front bumper featuring fog lights in newly styled housings and accentuating the car's athletic looks.

Meanwhile, the car’s interior boasts fluid lines as well as Chevrolet's signature dual cockpit that features a wrap-around front fascia flowing into the front-end doors. What’s more, the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system has a new 7-inch high-resolution touch screen on the integrated center stack.

For cars that are equipped with MyLink or for the base and mid-level radios that will be launched on 2013 Cruze models, the instrument panels and the HVAC outlets layout has been re-designed. Additionally, the small compartment found at the upper instrument panel was repositioned close to the radio unit, plus it now houses the USB and aux-in sockets.

The vehicles that have been fitted with Start/Stop are going to have an instrument cluster display featuring an eco-drive assistance menu. Also, with the Passive Entry, Passive Start or PEPS, you have a new option that enables you to keep your car key conveniently in your pocket when locking, unlocking, and starting your Chevrolet Cruze.

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