2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback Chevrolet has announced the 2017 Cruze Hatchback, ahead of its anticipated debut at the NAIAS (North American International Auto Show), this month. Developed with all the technologies and dynamic driving attributes of the new 2016 Cruze sedan, the new hatch adds a functional and sporty choice for customers. It joins Colorado and Trax as the latest Chevrolets to push into new segments.

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.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback interior

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.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback rear

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.