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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback: First Official Photos of Production Model Released Ahead of Geneva Show

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What you see in these pictures is the production version of the thinly disguised Chevrolet Cruze 5-door hatchback study, which was presented at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The more compact sized, hatchback version of the Cruze has lost some of the cool features of the concept car like the LED strips on the front bumper, the blue-tinted headlamps and the clear crystal tail lights, but other than that, nothing else has changed.

The new body style looks a bit sharper and sportier than the four-door saloon, but due to the shorter rear overhang, cargo capacity for the Cruze hatchback is close to 400 liters, which is some 50 liters less than the sedan.

The reason why Chevrolet decided to build a five-door version of the Cruze is because 65 percent of all compact cars sold in Europe are hatchbacks.

The Cruze 5d will share its engine lineup with the four-door model, which means buyers can choose between 1.6-liter and 1.8-liter gasoline units producing 124HP and 141HP respectively, while there's also a 163 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo diesel. Sales in Europe will start in mid 2011, with pricing to be announced closer the launch date.

By Dan Mihalascu



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7 Comments:

Anonymous said... »February 24, 2011

Quite similar to a last-gen Vauxhall Astra hatch - bit of an own-goal. Can't imagine we'll be seeing many of these on the roads any time soon...

Anonymous said... »February 24, 2011

Looks great. Now all Chevy has to do is BRING IT TO THE U.S.!!!

Anonymous said... »February 24, 2011

It will be the dumbest thing for Chevy not to bring this to the US...do they WANT to make sales?

Anonymous said... »February 24, 2011

I liked it better in white.

para said... »February 24, 2011

Quite bland. Whoever designt this half-car, should put it next to a current-gen Opel Astra and start to cry. Now I am even happier for Opel to come to Oz.

Frederick said... »February 26, 2011

I don't see why they couldn't have kept the tail lamps the same way as in the concept. If they could do it to the G8, why not the Cruze?

Oh, well. Still waiting for the new 'Bu.

Frederick said... »February 26, 2011

With that said, the production sedan looks better than the production hatchback.

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