Fact file: Chevrolet Cruze hatchback
Exceptional value and unique style in compact segment
- Segment: Compact
- Start of sales: Summer 2011
With the arrival of the Cruze hatchback, Chevrolet is present in full force on Europe's hard-fought market for compact cars. The Cruze hatchback has the same qualities associated with the slightly longer sedan, while offering customers an alternative body-style to the award-winning sedan – Chevrolet's best-selling nameplate globally.
Later in the model year, an all-new 1.7 liter diesel engine will complement the line-up of 1.6 and 1.8 liter gasoline and 2.0 liter turbo diesel engines already available. All engines except for the 1.7 liter diesel can be matched with either manual or automatic transmissions. The 1.6 and 1.8 liter gasoline engines deliver 124 hp at 6,200 rpm and 141 hp at 6,200 rpm, respectively.
The 2.0 liter turbo-diesel engine, meanwhile, displays impressive fuel economy – 5.6 liters/100 km over the combined cycle – and has a maximum power output of 163 hp at 3,800 rpm. The most frugal of all engines, however, is the new 1.7 diesel. Over a combined cycle, this engine consumes a mere 4.3 liters per 100 kilometers while emitting 115 g of CO2 per km*.
Sporting an attractive sloping roofline, concave shoulder lines that run along the sides of the car, and short overhangs at both the front and rear, the Cruze hatchback conveys the same dynamic stance as the sedan. The design of the hatchback's rear section includes a spoiler with integrated stop lamp which has been fitted to the upper perimeter of the rear window for enhanced aerodynamic efficiency. The rear bumper features a large recess with the number plate and incorporates a rear fog lamp on the left and a back-up lamp on the right hand-side.
Chevrolet's traditional dual cockpit, flowing, uninterrupted lines and tight gap tolerances are the main characteristics of the Cruze hatchback's interior. Both the Cruze sedan and hatchback have more amenities and technology features than any previous GM compact car in the value segment. Aux audio connections for iPod/MP3 are standard, optional comfort features may include an SD card-updated navigation system, USB audio connectivity and steering wheel audio controls.
The hatchback comes with standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control (TC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and 6 airbags.
Key to the car's safety design, but also to its ride and handling quality, is its highly rigid body structure with strategically applied high-strength steels. A wide track of 1,544 mm (front) and 1,558 mm (rear), respectively, provides first-rate traction while hydraulic suspension bushings and an isolated mounting for the front sub-frame contribute to the vehicle's running refinement.
* Preliminary figures