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Meet the Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback. This five-door Cruze will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, which officially kicks off on Tuesday, March 1st. The Cruze Hatchback concept that generated excitement at last year's Paris Motor Show is the inspiration for this production model, which has a sloping roofline that's more sleek than geek. Cargo space is improved, of course, and doubly weep-inducing for North American hatchback fans, this one will only be available in Europe, with a delicious 161-horsepower diesel engine and six-speed manual transmission available.
The Cruze Hatchback will be in UK Chevrolet showrooms next to the latest Orlando, Captiva and Aveo models starting in the summer. With the Cruze recently winning the British Touring Car Championship and the World Touring Car Drivers and Constructors Championship, there's a possibility that a Cruze Hatchback could be campaigned in motorsport, as well. Check the press release after the jump for the official Chevy announcement.

[Source: General Motors]
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Exciting five-door variant of race-bred Chevrolet will make Geneva debut

Sleek coupe-inspired styling accentuates dynamic appeal
On sale in the UK summer 2011

With both the British and World Touring Car Championship titles in its armoury, the Cruze is already a winner – and at the Geneva Motor Show, Chevrolet will pull the wraps off the variant that will bring it even greater success in the sales charts.

The newcomer will draw styling influences from the Cruze Hatchback concept previewed at the Paris Motor Show last September, which achieved plenty of praise from showgoers and industry commentators alike.

For while the new hatchback body might bring extra practicality to the Cruze, which already has one of the biggest load areas in its class, it brings new levels of style to match its versatility. With its attractive sweeping coupe roofline and short front and rear overhangs, it enjoys the same dynamic stance as the saloon model, but with even greater sleekness.

It will also be offered with a new range of engines, with the range-topping diesel unit the same as that of the newly-launched Orlando, with 163PS and a standard six-speed manual gearbox.

"The Cruze Hatchback will give us a huge opportunity in the UK," said Chevrolet Managing Director, Mark Terry. "This year alone, we've got four major new model launches that will have a significant positive impact on our product line-up in the UK, as well as the Camaro to cast a halo over the rest of our range.

Alongside Orlando, the New Captiva and New Aveo, the Cruze hatch delivers greater choice and versatility to our customers, and as well as offering the same great value and quality finish that our retail customers are used to, it will give us a far greater presence in the hotly contested fleet market."

Chevrolet has worked flat out to keep up with demand for the Cruze four-door since it went on sale in mid-2009, exceeding sales expectations across the globe, including in the USA where it has recently gone into production.

As well as performing well in the sales charts, it has enjoyed huge success in motor sport. Legendary tin-top racer Jason Plato won the British Touring Car Championship in the Cruze in its first ever season in the sport, while the Chevrolet team also took home the World Touring Car Drivers and Constructors Championships.

"Motor sport is part of Chevrolet's DNA," added Mr Terry. "What we learn on the track is passed down to our road cars, and this latest incarnation of Cruze proves that."

The Cruze Hatchback will go on sale in the UK in the summer of 2011, with prices and exact specifications to be confirmed nearer the time.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Keep up the complaints. GM will eventually pull there heads out of their arse, and bring it home.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The astra was a $20-25?k hatch that unfortunately had its issue of being underpowered and costing a wee bit too much for a european-esque car. This would probably face the same situation, despite being kickass.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That side view kind of reminds me of the Pontiac Vibe.

      I wouldn't buy one but I think it's a good looking vehicle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So the 5-door is only available in Europe?!? So frustrating. Chevy, you were getting closer to getting back a potential customer too. Oh well. I'll happily consider another brand.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Cruze has my attention and I would test it against the Focus hatch for my next car. I would ONLY consider the hatch diesel Cruze, and I am patient. No hatch diesel? I won't even go look at it. Ford disappoints me for not bringing a diesel home.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I smell impreza
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wish Amercians could accept hatchbacks more. Maybe when gas goes to $5 we again see that a hatchback is much more practical than a sedan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chevy hates America.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes. Now sell it in America.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Typically large company's like GM do a lot of market research so I'm guessing there still isn't enough Americans that want diesel ...unfortunately AB readers only makes up for about .00001% of the population
        • 4 Years Ago
        Atleast were getting the diesel... I really like the lines on this car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chevy runs deep. Envy runs deeper.
        • 4 Years Ago
        they can keep this away from here
        it looks terrible
        I would not even think twice before grabbing the Focus hatch over this
        • 4 Years Ago
        bobmarley is absolutely right. And it's not even 0.00001%. It's less, because if this actually was for sale here, maybe 2 of the posters would actually buy one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bring it here and you got yourselves a customer.

        Like the sedan but can't stand the c-pillar. This hatch solves that problem AND THEN SOME.
        • 4 Years Ago
        We save their butts, and then they save their best stuff for the people across the pond. Hey GM, this vehicle is a no-brainer!!! It would increase your CAFE though the roof overnight!!! It's a good looking hatchback, offers good cargo space, good performance (160 hp plus boatloads of torque), comfort, EXCELLENT fuel economy, and has lots of features. How could you go wrong with this?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly what I was thinking...

        Out of all the reasons against buying a Gub'ment owned GM product...

        perhaps the most obvious, is that they still think that the american people are stupid, after all the american people have done for them.

        Evidently they think we are stupid enough to not want this car with much more practical use and more gracious lines than the Cruze sedan.

        Based on that condescending principle alone, people should think twice about buying from a company that disrespects them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If only this was the diesel version we are going to get, that would be quite amazing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, you can't forget the biggest reason not to buy a new car: Lobbies. All the regulation and anti-competition measures were bought and paid for by all these crooks, turning sales money into forced market share. Now, it's too expensive even for them to offer the same kind of diversity as Europe. Every engine/transmission combo, body style, all carry their own wall of red tape. The market is better served by the bankruptcy of every one of them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its interesting. Without know the price or the feature set, most of the commentator here are assuming Chevy is making a big mistake by not bring the Cruze Hatchback.

        An appropriately priced and featured hatchback will sell well in the US. BUT if Chevy doesn't think they can supply this... they really shouldn't bring over an effort that is a bad value.

        I read that is why the Chevy Orlando is not coming to the US. For the end price and features, most US consumers of 6+ seat vehicles will continue to look towards larger CUVs. Consider the Mazda 5 and Kia Rondo pretty much had the Mini - Mini-van market to themselves and could barely move 2,000 units a month together. Thats not really alot of units to "steal" from compeditors. If the Orlando couldn't bring something truely special to the plate... why would consumers tastes change? Now the Ford C-Max does look like its bring several new features to the table. Maybe they can convince people to use the C-Max instead of the Rav4/Pilot/Traverse etc that each sell thousands a month... not sure the Orlando I am seeing in the overseas markets would do that...

        Lets wait and see how much of a premium the hatchback is priced for overseas... and what the final feature sets etc are like..
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Bobmarley, correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe we ARE getting the diesel. We're just not getting the hatch variant. I'm seeing more A3's, and the hatch variants of the Mazda3, Impreza, Versa are all over the American roads. People buy hatches, people LIKE hatches. I still see tons of ZX3's and ZX5's on the road, despite the fact that they aren't aging gracefully. The only "market" that GM "researches" is their board. I believe this to be a fact...
        • 4 Years Ago
        The reason why hatches are selling now, and they weren't so much before (or so we were told), is that we didn't have any good choices before.

        Now that we do, miraculously, they're selling. My theory all along is now confirmed.

        I expect GM will eventually sell the hatch version here. I'd be a bit more impressed if they sold the diesel version of the hatch here, but if they're smart and want to offer something more unique to our market, then they'd be wise to consider it.

        For me, if I were shopping a Cruze, just as with the Suzuki Kizashi, had there been a hatch version, I'd have seriously considered it. As a sedan, there was/will be ZERO consideration by me.

        Give us more configuration options -> sell more cars/attract new customers. It's quite simple.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems such a waste that this isn't coming over. Heck, GM already said that the diesel is - you'd think this would be a no-brainer. It can't be THAT different to build vs. the sedan.

      Heck, even just make a limited series (read: turbo SS) to gauge interest, then make more as the market demands.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Before people come in and say it should come here; GM already tested the waters with the astra a few years ago, and they obiviously didnt like what they saw with sales. Maybe thats why they dont sell here. Hatchbacks are like wagons, there better in almost everyway than the compeating size but only the "car enthusiasts" in america seem to know.
        • 4 Years Ago
        FWIW - the Saturn Astra was a weak port of the Opel, and as it was still imported, an expensive proposition. It also had no true North American counterpart.

        In any case, I looked at the Astra (liked the 5-door better than the 3), and noticed that all the switchgear still had European patterns/icons on them vs. the rest of GM corporate. Made things a little weird tring to sort it out.

        For the Cruze, at least the model is being sold on both sides of the pond; therefore costs to build a 5-door in Ohio should be MUCH cheaper than importing one from Belgium.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Astra had mediocre fuel efficiency for its class, poor rear seat leg room, a small trunk even for a hatchback, and was overpriced because it was imported.

        If the Astra was a Chevy instead of a Saturn, had replaced the Cobalt years ago, and built in the US at a better price, it would have sold better.

        The Cruze Hatchback would be a big improvement on all fronts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ jetbay:

        Here's another thought - the 5-door Cruze might have a better aerodynamic profile than the sedan - and if so, could then top the 42 highway MPG of that version. The city penalty shouldn't be much, as I wouldn't think the 5-door would weigh that much more than the sedan (the CTS wagon is about 154 lbs. heavier than the sedan, for example).

        Just another reason to bring one over...
        • 4 Years Ago
        GM didn't even TRY to sell the Astra here. It was dead before anybody even knew about it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Fiesta hatch actually looks sporty. This thing does not look good. It looks like a bulbous afterthought of a hatchback. The sedan at, conservative as it is, at least looks refined.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This model in an SS format with the Cobalt SS 260 hp turbo motor, available in the US..and now you're talking. Otherwise, who cares? http://www.carskings.com/news/brazil-the-best-selling-cars-in-february/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice looking car. To bad the cruze is not selling. I have not seen a single one on the road in my area. I see them in the lots but not on the road. There is a volt down the street from my house covered with snow. The owner said the battery is dead. I laughed and walked away.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Did he consider, y'know... charging it?
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