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Preliminary photos and details with the Chevrolet Cruze hatch version which will get unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, have been releases by the North American car maker last week.

The Chevrolet Cruze hatch will be one of the four Chevrolet premieres in Paris and in Europe this new 5-door version will go on sale in mid 2011.

Built on the company's body-frame integral system (BFI), the Chevrolet Cruze hatch will benefit from high levels of stability and solidity and as far as luggage space, the car comes offers 400 liters of boot space and has a 60/40 split rear seating configuration.

At this point it looks like the 5-door version Chevrolet Cruze hatch will be only destined for Europe, and further info referring to motorisation and standard equipment should be made public at the time of the show.

The Chevrolet Cruze hatch price will be announced as the on-sale date approaches.

Chevrolet press release :

  • Hatchback show car to be unveiled at Paris Motor Show
  • New model will build on Cruze saloon's global appeal
  • Cruze hatchback cements Chevrolet's mainstream credentials in Europe
  • One of four Chevrolet premieres in Paris

The story of the Chevrolet Cruze goes from strength to strength with the latest chapter heralding the launch of a new 5-door hatchback model,further evidence of Chevrolet's intention to bring value for money to all mainstream segments in Europe.

A show car version of Chevrolet's compact contender will be seen for the first time at the Paris Motor Show, on September 30. It will be one of four world Chevrolet premieres at the show.

With the introduction of the new Cruze hatchback, customers have an alternative body style to the traditional saloon and Chevrolet has raised the bar again with a vehicle that brings new levels of value against some of the more established competition.

According to Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe, the potential for meeting further customer demand is significant. "Cruze is turning out to be a real success story. We are selling it in 70 countries around the world and it has recently surpassed the Aveo as our top selling passenger car nameplate globally.

"Hatchbacks play a critical role in many markets. The total compact segment in Europe represents around 4.8 million units which is over a quarter of the total market, with hatchbacks representing around 65% of that volume. We therefore expect to see increased business in a number of regions, while sending out a signal that Chevrolet is now a serious mainstream player in Europe."

Since its launch in the spring 2009, the Cruze saloon has been warmlywelcomed by markets all over the world, greeted as a step change for the brand with customers attracted to its coupe style, build quality, 5-star NCAP rating and driving dynamics. It was also elected the AUTOBEST car of 2010 by a jury of leading auto writers in Central and Eastern Europe.

The Chevrolet Cruze is a car particularly well suited to European driver tastes, a fact borne out by sales success across many of markets.So far in 2010, Cruze tops the compact saloon sales charts in many of the larger European markets including Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the U.K., where it is exceeding forecasted sales.

Outside of Europe, Cruze's sales momentum is equally evident. In China alone, Chevrolet has sold nearly 90,000 Cruze since the start of the year, while the saloon is also selling well in Russia, parts of South America, and in India and other emerging markets.

Hatchback design

With its attractive sweeping coupe roofline and short overhangs at both the front and rear, the new Cruze hatchback has the same dynamic 'stance' as the saloon and will be instantly recognizable. It will benefit too from the same taut body 'feel' on the road, being built using the new body-frame integral system (BFI) which is complemented by the final tuning to chassis components. The BFI system 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.

Chevrolet's participation in the World Touring Car Championship with the Cruze is also currently paying great dividends. With four races leftin the season, it currently leads both the drivers' and team championships while also showcasing the dynamic qualities of the car to great effect.

Closer to home in the UK, the Cruze is also making headlines in the British Touring Car Championship with Jason Plato leading the way in thedrivers’ championship.

The new Chevrolet Cruze 5-door hatchback will go on sale across Europe mid 2011 with prices announced nearer the launch date.

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1 Comment on Chevrolet Cruze hatch

  1. dbman :
    Look likes an Opel Astra Hatch!

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