Chevrolet’s booth at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show has now the the hatchback version of the popular Cruze, a model specifically designed for the European market. It is scheduled to go on sale this spring. In a statement, Chevrolet said that the new Cruze will have the same front fascia as the sedan, but with a hatchback-style rear end.
It is built on the new body-frame integral system (BFI) that offers increased stability and solidity. The hatchback has a 400-liter trunk volume and will feature 60/40 split rear seating. Chevrolet will offer three possible engine configurations, two gasoline and one diesel.
The petrol options include a 1.6-liter 16V that develops 124hp and a 1.8-liter 16V that has an output of 141hp. The model will also be offered with a 2.0-liter diesel unit with a maximum output of 163hp. According to sources, Chevrolet is thinking about maybe presenting a second diesel option, a 1.4-liter unit but if this is true, it’s not expected to arrive before year-end.
Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe, said that hatchbacks have a “critical role” in numerous markets. The total compact segment in Europe accounts for more than a quarter of the total market, with hatchbacks making up about 65% of that volume.
The new Cruze hatchback reinforces Chevrolet's claim for a place among the mainstream brands in Europe. It’s expected to bring new levels of value against some of its more established rivals.