Chevrolet reveals Cruze hatchback ahead of Geneva Motor Show-2011

Posted: February 1, 2011 in News & Updates
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Chevrolet has pulled the wraps off the hatchback version of the Cruze prior to the its first public appearance at the Geneva show.

The new car was previewed by a concept at the Paris motor show last September, but the final production model will be on Chevrolet’s stand in Switzerland.

The Cruze shares its platform with the Vauxhall Astra, and will get a new range of engines to go with its improved practicality.

The manufacturer expects the five-door variant to make a bigger impact in the UK than its compact saloon sibling, and is hoping to take advantage of a wider appreciation of the Cruze name since Jason Plato won the British Touring Car Championship as part of the new Chevrolet team.

“The Cruze Hatchback will give us a huge opportunity in the UK,” said managing director, Mark Terry. “Motor sport is part of Chevrolet’s DNA – what we learn on the track is passed down to our road cars, and this latest incarnation of Cruze proves that.”

Short front and rear overhangs, plus the sweeping roofline give the car a much sportier stance, while the rear hatch means there will be an even bigger loading space than the saloon – although exact dimensions are yet to be confirmed.

A new choice of engines will also be offered, including the range-topping diesel engine already installed in the Orlando MPV. With 161bhp and 360Nm of torque, the 2.0-litre oil-burner is fitted as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox.

The Cruze hatchback, which goes on sale this summer in UK with prices to be confirmed, will join four other new Chevrolet models in 2011 – these include the Orlando, Captiva, Aveo and Camaro

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