Chevrolet will add a hatchback version of the Cruze sometime in 2011. These are the sketches of its production version that it revealed after GM trademarked the design. This Cruze Hatchback model was previewed at the Paris Auto Show earlier this year.
The production version looks a lot like the concept, with its sweeping roofline and short overhangs at both the front and the rear. The hatch will be built on a body-frame integral system (BFI) and will offer 400 liters of luggage space due to its use of a custom-tuned chassis.
The hatchback will be offered with the same engine range as the sedan. Buyers may choose from two petrol units (1.6l/113 hp and 112.8 lb-ft of torque, 1.8l/141 hp and 129.8 lb-ft. of torque) and a diesel (2.0l/150 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque).
Last September during the launching of the new model, Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe, had stated that hatchbacks have a “critical role in many markets.”
He said that the total compact segment in Europe stands for about 4.8 million units (more than a quarter of the total market) with hatchbacks making up about 65% of that volume.
Brannon added that because of these figures, Chevrolet expects increased business in several regions while making a statement that “Chevrolet is now a serious mainstream player in Europe." [via CarScoop]