Geneva Motor Show preview: Chevrolet Cruze hatchback

This time it's production-ready
Feb 3, 2011
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TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Geneva Motor Show preview: production-ready Chevrolet Cruze hatchback

Chevrolet will debut the production version of the Cruze hatchback at the Geneva International Motor Show in March, with the actual sale beginning later this year.

According to Chevrolet, the production Cruze hatchback's design stays true to the show car Chevrolet revealed at last year's Paris Motor Show.

The Cruze hatchback shares its dynamic stance with the sedan, with its sweeping roofline and short front and rear overhangs giving the car a more sleek design.

While the Cruze sedan already boasts of its class-leading interior space, the hatchback variant brings extra practicality to the Cruze, making it one versatile nameplate thanks to its cargo carrying capacity of nearly 400 liters and its 60/40 split rear seating.

To be offered only to the European market, the Cruze hatchback will be offered with an array of new engines including a range-topping diesel unit that produces 163hp and will be paired to a six-speed manual gearbox.

"Hatchbacks play a critical role in many markets. The total compact segment in Europe represents over a quarter of the total market, with hatchbacks representing around 65 percent of that volume," said Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe. "The new Cruze hatchback cements that Chevrolet's claim for a place among the mainstream brands in Europe, and it's a vehicle that will bring new levels of value against some of the more established competition."

Will this hatchback be a hit if sold in the Philippines?

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