Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Heads to Geneva

With the forthcoming Geneva Auto Show set to open its doors in one month from now, Chevrolet has just revealed it has a surprise prepared for the event’s visitors and media, namely it will showcase the new, five-door variant of the Cruze model.

In terms of styling, the new Cruze will draw influences from the Cruze Hatchback concept previewed at the Paris Motor Show last September, which has received a positive feedback.

“For while the new hatchback body might bring extra practicality to the Cruze, which already has one of the biggest load areas in its class, it brings new levels of style to match its versatility. With its attractive sweeping coupe roofline and short front and rear overhangs, it enjoys the same dynamic stance as the saloon model, but with even greater sleekness,”
Chevrolet says.

The Cruze Hatchback will be offered with a new range of engines, with the range-topping 2.0l diesel unit the same as that of the newly-launched Orlando, with 150 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque / 320 Nm, and a standard six-speed manual gearbox.

Customers will also be able to choose between two petrol units (1.6l/113 hp and 112.8 lb-ft of torque/153 Nm, 1.8l/141 hp and 129.8 lb-ft. of torque/176 Nm).

“Chevrolet has worked flat out to keep up with demand for the Cruze four-door since it went on sale in mid-2009, exceeding sales expectations across the globe, including in the USA where it has recently gone into production,” the statement reads.

The car is set to arrive at European dealerships in mid-2011, with pricing details to be announced closer to the market launch.

autoevolution will be attending the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned for some real up close and personal shots of the vehicles, as well as for first-hand details of the motorized contraptions presented at the event.
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