Future Models - Chevrolet 2016 Cruze
Detroit show: Chevrolet Cruze hatch unveiled
World Cruze: 3.5 million Cruzes have been sold around the globe since its introduction in 2008 but the latest hatchback version will be giving Australia a miss.
General Motors unwraps Chev Cruze hatchback but no plans for Holden badges
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8 January 2016
CHEVROLET has revealed the hatchback version of its Cruze small sedan ahead of
its official United States launch late in 2016, but it is unlikely local GM
outfit Holden will follow the US introduction with a lion-badged version Down
Instead, it is more likely Holden's local small car strategy will offer only
the recently confirmed sedan version of the Cruze, while its Astra cousin will
provide an option for Holden customers seeking a small hatchback.
Holden communications director Sean Poppitt was unable to make any official
statements regarding the future small car line-up but reiterated the
confirmation of the Astra hatchback.
“We're yet to make any official announcements regarding our small car strategy,
beyond confirming the all-new award-winning Astra hatch will be coming to
Australia later in 2016,” he said.
Holden builds the current-generation Cruze sedan and hatch in Australia, but
will switch to international sourcing of the sedan when the manufacturing
operation shuts in 2017.
Unlike the previous version, it is understood that the latest iteration of the
multi-market Cruze model was not designed at the Holden development centre in
Australia, instead falling to the Chevrolet team in Detroit.
Its sportier looks align with the Cruze sedan that made its debut in the middle
of 2015, as does its single engine option with a 1.4-litre turbocharged
four-cylinder under the bonnet of both sedan and hatchbacks.
In a release, Chevrolet mentions its key rivals, stating that the new Cruze
hatch has more rear leg room that the Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra, as well
as larger boot capacity.
The American car-maker also mentions Toyota's Corolla and the Honda Civic,
claiming the Cruze beats the Japanese pair on safety technology, with the
availability of lane keep assistance, cross traffic alert, blind spot
monitoring and reverse parking assistance.
Other key technology includes Android and iPhone compatibility, MyLink radio 4G
internet and the option to serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Comfort and convenience options include LED signature lighting, heated steering
wheel and front seats with part-leather interiors and true French seams for a
A Teen Driver feature helps encourage safer driving for newer drivers by
offering parents and guardians statistics on how the Cruze is being driven.
Like its sedan sibling, the new Cruze hatchback has lost weight thanks to
revised construction and a lighter engine, losing 91kg over the previous
hatchback. The new engine accounts for 20 of those kilograms.
In the US, the new Cruze hatch will be offered in three different trim levels
starting with the entry-level LT, a more generously equipped Premium variant,
while a top-shelf RS package will add extra body embellishments.