Chevrolet has unveiled its new Cruze five-door hatchback model at the Paris motor show.
The new model uses the same engines as the Cruze saloon and the new Orlando model which both use GM’s Delta platform.
The Orlando uses a 139bhp 1.8-litre petrol unit and a 2.0-litre diesel with either 129bhp or 161bhp.
Chevrolet says the new Cruze hatchback will be instantly recognisable, as it has the same dynamic ‘stance’ as the saloon.
The American company also says it will benefit from the same taut body ‘feel’ on the road, as the model is being built using the new body-frame integral system (BFI) that Chevrolet claims results in high levels of stability and solidity.
Cargo capacity for the Cruze hatchback is close to 400 litres and will feature 60/40 split rear seating.
Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe said the potential for meeting customer demand is significant.
“We are selling [the Cruze] in 70 countries around the world and it has recently surpassed the Aveo as our top-selling passenger car nameplate globally.”
The new Cruze hatchback will go on sale in Europe mid-2011. There is no word yet on pricing.