Chevrolet launches high-power stylish hatchback version of 2017 Cruze

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 15, 2016

Chevrolet has unveiled the 2017 Cruze Hatchback at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. It builds on the driving attributes and technologies of the 2016 Cruze sedan, with the addition of available functional and sporty elements. It boasts of having more standard safety features than other compact cars like the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic.

For instance, the 2017 Cruze Hatchback could be availed with adaptive features like Lane Keep Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Park Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Just like the sedan models, the Cruze features a 106.3-inch (2,700 mm) wheelbase.

However, this hatch comes with a distinct roof as well as a rear-end structure that includes wraparound taillamps and an integrated spoiler on top of the lift gate. When opened, the lift gate reveals 22.7 cubic feet (643 liters) of cargo space.

When the rear seat is folded, the Cruze Hatch offers 47.2 cubic feet (1,336 liters) of cargo room. Inside, the Cruze Hatch offers a midsize-level roominess. In fact, it offers two inches more rear legroom than the Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra.

Underpinned by a lighter yet more rigid architecture, the new Cruze Hatchback is simply more fuel efficient and safer. In fact, the 2017 Cruze Hatchback is over 200 pounds (91 kg) lighter than its predecessor – a feat achieved thanks to a lighter body structure (minus 100 lbs) and lighter engine (minus 44 lbs).

It is powered by a standard 1.4L turbo engine featuring direct injection and Stop/Start technologies. It also comes with electric power steering features. Premier models, meanwhile, are blessed with a Z-link rear suspension.

Other available features for the 2017 Cruze Hatch include a heated steering wheel and heated front and rear seats, as well as Athens leather-appointed seating surfaces and true French seams. Also available are halogen projector-beam headlamps with LED signature lighting.

Interestingly, the 2017 Cruze Hatch is endowed with a standard offering of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility through the MyLink radio systems. Also, 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot is available.

Moreover, the 2017 Cruze Hatch is a welcome development for parents, as it is available with Teen Driver feature, which supports safe driving habits and provides driving statistics. Chevrolet will commence selling the 2017 Cruze Hatch in Fall 2016 in LT and Premier trims and with the more expressive RS package.

This package includes distinct front and rear fascias, rear spoiler, rocker panels and fog lamps. When availed with the Premier model, the package includes 18-inch wheels. Alan Batey, President of General Motors North America and Global Chevrolet, remarked that following a nine-percent jump in small hatchback sales in 2015, it is now the perfect time to introduce the Cruze Hatch to America.

He noted that the Cruze conveys the Chevrolet promise of offering vehicles that have the latest technologies, more features and better efficiency, along with satisfying performance and safety.

Chevrolet has sold around 3.5 million Cruze units around the world since offering it in 2008. The Cruze has allowed Chevrolet to increase its retail share of the compact car segment from 5.8 to 9.4 percent, with around 35 percent of Cruze buyers new to the brand.

Press Release


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 22.7 cubic feet (643 liters) of cargo space behind the rear seat. With the rear seat folded, cargo space expands to 47.2 cubic feet (1,336 liters).

Fall 2016

“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.”

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.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

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