The Cruze Hatch has the same, class-leading 106.3-inch (2,700 mm) wheelbase as sedan versions, but features a unique roof and rear-end structure, including wraparound taillamps and an integrated spoiler at the hsatop of the liftgate. It opens to offer 18.5 cubic feet (524 liters) of cargo space behind the rear seat. With the rear seat folded, cargo space expands to 42 cubic feet (1,189 liters).
A new, more rigid and lighter architecture is the Cruze’s foundation for driving dynamism, while also playing a significant role in safety and efficiency. It is more than 200 pounds (91 kg) lighter than the previous-generation model due largely to a body structure that is 100 pounds lighter and an engine that’s 44 pounds (20 kg) lighter.
The Cruze lineup in North America is offered in L, LS, LT and Premier, and a more expressive RS package, featuring unique front and rear fascias, rocker panels, rear spoiler, fog lamps (Premier version) and 18-inch wheels. The 2017 Cruze Hatch will be offered in LT and Premier trims, and with the RS package.
The 2017 Cruze Hatch presents several exclusive interior appointments and driver assistance systems, including Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility via the MyLink radio systems, 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot, Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Park Assist and Teen Driver alert. Additionally, an interior with midsize-level roominess, a heated steering, heated front and rear seats, Athens leather-appointed seating surfaces, true French seams and projector-beam headlights with LED signature lights; are all attributes on the 2017 Cruze Hatchback.
Standard 1.4L turbo engine with direct injection and Stop/Start technologies is incorporated for adequate power and torque figures, while electric power steering and, on Premier versions, a Z-link rear suspension, ensure the hatch handles real well.
The Chevrolet Cruze variant has been the Bowtie marque’s best-selling car around the globe, with 3.5 million sold since 2008. The Chevrolet Cruze Hatch is expected to hit dealerships in the Fall.