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General Motors has confirmed that it will debut the final production version of the Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The original design was previewed by the five-door Cruze show car we saw in Paris last year, but we expect the completed car to look more like the design renderings that were filed at the European patent office in December, complete with front-end fittings more closely related to what we see on the Cruze sedan.

Oh, and just in case you forgot, the Cruze Hatchback has not been given the green light here in North America. A shame, since Ford's new five-door Focus is just about to hit dealerships and Hyundai has promised us a hatchback version of its swoopy new Elantra. What gives, GM?

We'll have the complete details live from Geneva in just a few weeks. For now, follow the jump for The General's official press release.

[Source: General Motors]
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Geneva world premiere for Cruze hatchback

* New model to build on global success of Chevrolet's favorite car
* Cruze hatchback cements Chevrolet's mainstream credentials in Europe
* One of seven new entries in centenary year

Zurich. Chevrolet's award-winning – and now World Touring Car Championship (WTCC)-winning – Cruze will further enhance its credentials this year when the new hatchback version goes on sale in spring. The full production model makes its world premiere at the 81st international Geneva Motor Show, March 3 – 11.

The timing of the new model couldn't be better for Chevrolet, with the manufacturer being crowned World Touring Car Champions in December for the first time. Chevrolet's racing success proves the dynamic potential and qualities of the Cruze, while the launch of a new 5-door hatchback model in addition to the sedan, is further evidence of Chevrolet's intention to bring value for money to the mainstream segments of the European market.

A show car version of Chevrolet's compact contender was shown at the Paris Motor Show last September, and was warmly received.

Sales of the Cruze last year surpassed the Aveo to become Chevrolet's top selling passenger car nameplate globally. 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 introduction of the new Cruze hatchback is critical in Europe, as Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe explains. "Hatchbacks play a critical role in many markets. The total compact segment in Europe represents over a quarter of the total market, with hatchbacks representing around 65% of that volume.

"The new Cruze hatchback cements that Chevrolet's claim for a place among the mainstream brands in Europe, and it's a vehicle that will bring new levels of value against some of the more established competition."

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. Indeed the Chevrolet Cruze is a car particularly well suited to European driver tastes, a fact borne out by sales across many of the markets and where in 2010, it exceeded forecasts.

Cargo capacity for the Cruze hatchback is close to 400 liters and it will feature 60/40 split rear seating.

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

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it a lot better than the sedan. Bring it to the states and add an SS model and we'll talk.

      And don't forget GM. Ford has the Focus ST headin' to these parts in the fall.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not too fond of look of the Cruze hatchback. The rear end looks rather heavy and the taillamp graphics just don't do it for me. I'd actually prefer the sharper look of the sedan.

      Either way, I will take the Focus hatchback over any Cruze regardless!
      • 4 Years Ago
      is nice! i like!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dang, I wish they would hurry up and get that here....I am looking at new cars this summer and I would have put that on my list....so far at the top is the 5-door Focus.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      The hatch works really well with the rest of the car. Very sexy. I'm very glad to see that we're finally getting some nice-looking hatchbacks in America, the old-school trunk just isn't as useful as having a nice big door in the rear to get cargo into.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Aw, cripes, misread "Geneva."

        No, I don't know how I misread "Geneva" as "America" either, but there you are, bad eyesight loses again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks much nicer than the sedan but I hope the hatch isn't much shorter in length, because then people could complain about not having enough storage behind the seats. A hatch/wagon the same length as the sedan would be just right and could more easily steal buyers from bigger cars or crossovers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Would love to see an SS version of this go head-to-head with the MS3/STi/GTI crowd.

      Heck, the LNF turbo in the Cobalt beat out the current STI on Car and Driver's "Lightning Lap" (3:13.0 for the SS vs. 3:13.8 for the current STI). I'd hate to think that the Cruze SS hatch would do any worse...

      Heck, with a little tweaking, it might even take the LL1 Class crown from the 350Z/'11 V6 Track-Pack Mustang (3:12.5)...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would buy this thing, as shown, TODAY!

      Looks 10x's nicer as a hatch than a sedan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That looks fantastic! That's the first non-Corvette Chevy made in my lifetime (30 years) that holds any appeal for me at all.

      An SS version of that, looking exactly like that, would win over GTI, Mazdaspeed3, Cooper S, and Focus ST (assuming they make one) shoppers. However, I doubt it would sell in high enough numbers for GM to green light it. Maybe the hatch should be SS only, much like the Mazdaspeed3.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They better change the seats in these things...quickly!

      I sat in a few different Cruze models at the DC Auto Show...conclusion: They were designed for interrogating enemy combatants at Gitmo. My rear end was actually in PAIN sitting on the stock cloth, and not much better with the upscale leather. There seems to even be a crown to the seat bottom, meaning you sit ON the seat, not in it. Frankly, them rental plastic folding chairs are more comfortable.Way too hard and far too narrow. When compared to the competition, the Cruze falls far short in comfort, style, and especially price. Sorry GM. Try again.

      Surprisingly better car? The Kia Forte 5 door. Nice small wagon, 2.4 litre with a six-speed manual, and comfortable soft leather seats. Can't wait to see the next Elanta 5 door.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Complete with BLUE lights! Not a hint of blue like most xenon lights; nah, these are just plain blue. Nothing screams "I used to be a wannabe street racer" than a mature, good looking compact with ridiculously blue lights.

      Good looking car, maybe I'll buy one.
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