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.