Chevrolet Unveils the MY 2017 Cruze Hatchback. Sales Start This Fall

The Chevrolet Cruze hatchback has reached its second generation. The brand has released the first official pictures of the car before its public debut at NAIAS 2016.
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The hatchback version of the Chevrolet Cruze has come six months after its sedan sibling. The new body style takes pride on the 106.3 inch or 2,700 mm wheelbase, shared with the sedan and said to be the best in its class. Sounds about right.

The trunk is spacious as well, with 18.5 cubic feet of space (524 liters), while maintaining the ability to transport five adults on board. If you fold the rear seats, the luggage capacity rises to 42 cubic feet (1,198 liters).

Only one engine version has been announced so far, a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 153 HP and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm). In standard trim, the engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, but can be ordered with a six-speed automatic if desired.

Basically, the MY 2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback is an Opel/Vauxhall Astra K with minor aesthetic changes. This isn’t the first rebadging job GM does, and it certainly isn’t the last. Thanks to the improvements done on the Astra, the Cruze is lighter, quieter, and more fuel-efficient than its previous generation.

Chevrolet has decided to sell the Cruze hatchback only in the LT and Premier trim levels along with the RS package shown in the photo gallery. All cars will get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as standard. Customers can order plenty of optional equipment, the range including elements like heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, leather seats, and more.

According to General Motors, the Cruze is Chevrolet’s best-selling car around the world, so this model is critical for the American company. Since the previous Cruze went on sale in 2008, GM sold over 3.5 million Cruze vehicles.

Out of those 3.5 million cars, 35% of customers were new to Chevrolet. The car is the second best-seller in its segment for customers under 25.
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