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Chevrolet unveils Cruze hatchback at Paris motor show

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.

See pics of the new Chevrolet Cruze hatchback - plus pics of the car at the Paris motor show

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.

Andrew Papworth

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ianp55 7 September 2010

Re: Cruze hatchback launched

The Cruze hatch looks really good am I correct in thinking that Holden have designed this? will they also be built in Australia. Both this and the Orlando are worth looking forward to. It's good to see that the former Daewoo has blossomed since the GM takeover. What a tragedy that GM couldn't do the same with Saab

stratts 7 September 2010

Re: Cruze hatchback launched

I think we all now that when it comes to test drive time, it's going to be a pile of rubbish. And therein lies the problem, while a lot of cars may only look average, at least they drive well.

I hope I am wrong, as it is nice to have more choice in the class, but I reckon it will score less than 2 stars overall when properly tested.

lrh 7 September 2010

Re: Cruze hatchback launched

Drop a 2-litre turbo in and price it below £20k... Instant affordable Golf GTI and Focus ST alternative.

This car is being sold in the US so there will be a hot version and hopefully it comes to Europe.