January 7, 2016, 12:00 PM
In light of the attention that its Bolt electric crossover received out of the CES 2016 show in Las Vegas, Chevrolet has released information on the coming Cruze hatchback that will be introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in a few days.
The 2017 Cruze Hatchback will hit showrooms in the Fall of 2016 to take the Chevrolet brand into a new segment. It shares the 2,700 mm wheelbase of the recently introduced all-new Cruze sedan but with a unique taillight treatment. The full roof (complete with high-mounted spoiler) adds another dimension to Cruze, creating up to 1,189 litres of cargo space (42 cubic feet) when rear seats are folded (524 litres or 18.5 cubic feet, when they’re in use).
In comparison to rival Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra GT, the new Cruze model features a more comfortable rear seating area with two inches more legroom.
“With 9% 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.”
Among the new hatchback’s features are compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, WiFi hotspot capability, rear parking assist, and segment-unique features such as Lane-Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Zone Alert. It also has an available Teen Driver feature to support good driving habits and supply feedback to parents.
Also available are halogen projector beam headlights, LED signature lighting, heated steering wheel, and heated front and rear seats.
Power for the 2017 Cruze Hatchback is provided by the same 1.4-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, with Stop/Start technology.
Not much else is known about the car, other than U.S. models will come in LT and Premier trims, with Chevrolet’s RS package that includes unique front and rear fascias, fog lamps and wheels up to 18 inches in diameter. That means Canada will likely also bypass the entry-level LS trim level and offer the hatchback only in LT and LTZ versions.
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