The 2016 Detroit Auto Show is nearly here, and automakers are starting to preview the vehicles they plan to unveil there. One of these automakers is Chevy, who plans to finally dip its toes back into the compact hatchback market by bringing its Cruze Hatchback to the U.S. for the first time.
The Cruze Hatchback rides atop the same wheelbase as its sedan sibling, but its hatchback style allows a little more freedom with its design. You’ll notice that the taillights are completely different and wraparound more on the hatchback, and the rear roof spoiler adds in a touch of sportiness. This body also offers up 18.5 cubic feet of cargo room with all the seats up, which is about 3 cubes more than the sedan. Drop the rear seats, however, and you open up 42 cubic feet of room.
The interior of the hatchback will mimic the sedan, save for its added cargo room. In terms of roominess, Chevy claims that the Cruze Hatchback will have 2 inches more rear legroom that the Focus and Elantra., making it great for families. The range of available features on this small hatchback include 4G LTE WiFi, Teen Driver, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats Athens leather seating, French-stitched seams, and projector headlights with LED signature lighting.
Details surrounding the powertrain aren’t too in-depth, but Chevy does confirm that the Cruze Hatchback will feature a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine with stop-start technology. This engine likely produces the same 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque as the 2016 Cruze Sedan’s 1.4-liter.
Where the Cruze Hatchback is sure to impress is in its standard safety features. This small hatchback includes desirable features like lane-keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, side blind-zone alert, and rear parking assist.
The Cruze Hatchback will be in dealers in the fall of 2016, and it will be available in two trims, LT and Premier. Like the sedan, there will be an available RS package for an enhanced look.