• Oct 1, 2010
Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback – Click above for high-res image gallery

You know, the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback is a pretty good-looking little C-car. Sure, many of the show car bits will be removed when this five-door Cruze goes into production, but on the whole, General Motors has impressed us with this attractive hatchback version of its new compact car.

Unfortunately, the five-door Cruze is not slated for North American consumption – we'll have to make do with the still-good but less-functional (and less-attractive) sedan. GM may think that Americans don't buy hatchbacks, but according to recent sales data of hatches versus their sedan counterparts, The General would be very, very wrong. Regardless, Europeans will get to sample the Cruze Hatchback when it goes on sale in the old country in mid-2011.

Thus, we are left to sit and stare at the Cruze hatchback as it shines under the lights of the Paris Motor Show. Get a look at the five-door Chevy for yourself in the high-res image gallery below and check out Chevy Europe's official press release after the jump.

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New hatchback is next chapter in Cruze success story

- Hatchback show car to be unveiled at Paris Motor Show
- New model will build on Cruze sedan'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 sedan 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 sedan has been warmly welcomed 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 sedan 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 sedan 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 sedan 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 liters 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 left in the season, it currently leads both the drivers' and team championships while also showcasing the dynamic qualities of the car to great effect.

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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      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh, GM...another DUMB move...Cruze sedan is a "yawn!" That hatch, though...wow! Americans DO buy hatchbacks. I finally gave in to buy a (badly needed) car, and picked a 3 door Golf. I would certainly have considered a Cruze hatch if it had been available! The hatches are a cool bunch of practical, great little cars with something for jsut about everyone, depending on specific needs!
      • 4 Years Ago
      GM: you're stupid. This is probably the best looking car you've made in years, bring it over here and I have no doubt it'll sell.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There's probably a good chance they will...just remember the Cruze has been on sale everywhere but the US for a while now, so it will take a bit longer to get this sweetness stateside.

        On the other hand, they may still be deluded into thinking that the average Chevy buyer will just get a CUV when they can't get the hatch, when instead they'll probably get their hatch anyway, but from a different auto maker.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the TAXPAYERS have to pay for GM's shortcomings again in the future. It's simple. I'm moving to Europe & buying a Ford Focus RS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Among the Big Three, Ford will have the 5-door space pretty much to themselves, with the new Fiesta and next year's Focus.

      GM has only the Aveo (and pseudo-SUV HHR). The Cruze hatch looks great (only thing that bugs me is the grille) and would certainly fill some of the void left by the Vibe (and short-lived Saturn Astra).

      Dodge's Caliber is getting a refresh, but still doesn't look like it's in the same class as the new Focus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Paris 2010: Chevrolet Cruze hatchback looks good in Paris, would look better in America"

      Amen, Steven!

      • 4 Years Ago
      I would buy that. GM: grow a testicle and sell it here!
      • 4 Years Ago
      the only people who drive hatchbacks in this country are 17 year old kids, as their first car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Recently there has been a lot of talk about hatchbacks making a comeback and that Americans DO buy hatchbacks! why would Chevrolet miss this opportunity to bring a much needed and wanted product to the US!?
      Another example of how the company is poorly run and will require another bailout soon? ha
        • 4 Years Ago
        we can tell chevy we do not want the aveo and bring the cruze hatch
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just remember that all Cruzes in Europe are made in Korea by Daewoo, so currency exchange is no more of an issue with this car than any other Korean car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        GM still thinks they could sell you a CUV instead of a hatchback.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If automakers brought out compelling hatchbacks such as this, customers would definitely buy. It looks really good, and if Chevrolet could keep some of the design elements (lights and painted brakes, etc), it could actually get a premium. They need to lose the garish interior, however. Looks way too busy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        arguably, the Cruze looks better as a hatch than as a sedan
        • 4 Years Ago
        *explicative* CUVs!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        In their defense, they brought over the attractive and well-equipped Astra and look how well THAT went for them.

        Too many hatch buyers would rather get some obnoxiously ugly car, like the Honda Fit, to recognize and appreciate a beautiful hatch like the Cruze.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This Cruze hatchback looks a lot better than the sedan. I'd actually consider it, if it weren't for the local Chevy dealership.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But then, the currency exchange thing killed them on the Astra, since it was built in Europe. It was pretty pricy. Plus, I'm not sure that the Saturn dealers knew how to sell it, since it was so European.
        • 4 Years Ago
        We should all Email and Call Chevy to tell them they need to bring this car over.

        Chevrolet Customer Care

        Anyone know Thomas G. Stephens email address?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The astra was good looking, but a bad example.
        It was very heavy for it's motor size, and expensive. Sort of thrown together half heartedly, like most of GM's small car offerings pre-bankruptcy.

        The Cruze does not excite me one bit. But i would like to see the hatch offered anyway. Good looks will help it out a lot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Everybody thinks they should sell you a CUV instead of a hatchback.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GM, i currently own two Chevy, the newest one is 2010 Equinox, but i am looking for another Chevy to replace my 03 Impala, plz bring this hatchback over, and it will be my choice. However your current Cruze Sedan just don't impressive me. I just hate the black portion of the rear window covers. That thing was on the Chrysler Subring, and you know it's just killing the car as a whole. Plz at least put a glassy tiny windows instead of the black cover.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      The exterior of the Cruze sedan is somnabulant and disappointing. The new incoming global Ford Focus is a much better looking vehicle, and if it drives well (as the global version has for the last decade) it will likely garner alot of sales. The interior of the Cruze is fresh and well executed, and apparently it drives well; but who will give it a chance if it looks so fugly. Now this hatch version looks great! I would happily trade in my 6th Gen Civic SI for a car than darn pretty! I hope the GM big wigs read the forums and bring this car stateside.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very nicely designed hatchback that i would consider buying. The Cruze sedan? Not a chance.
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