The long-awaited 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback will arrive stateside this fall and now we know how much it will cost.
The model will start at $22,190 for the base LT trim. The hatchback will also offer the Premier Cruze trim and the RS package. The RS Package adds a rear spoiler, front foglamps, sport body kit, and RS Badging. The Premier trim adds 18-inch machined-face aluminum wheels. The hatch will not offer the two base L and LS trims available on the sedan.
The Hatchback variant is perhaps surprisingly only a bit pricier than the Cruze LT sedan, which starts at$21,996. As you might expect, you get more cargo space with the hatchback. It offers 42 cubic-feet of cargo room versus the sedan’s 14.8 cubic-feet.
The real price difference comes when you compare the 2017 Cruze Hatchback to the Ford SE Hatchback. The Chevrolet costs a significant $3,000 more than Ford’s version, which starts at $19,015. (There is also a bigger difference between the Ford SE sedan and the hatchback. The Ford sedan starts at $18,515.)
A standard Ecotec 1.4-liter turbo engine, the same as in the Cruze sedan, powers the hatch. The engine drops 44-pounds from the last Cruze and the body gets more rigid and lighter for better performance. Stop/Start technology and electric power steering come standard. The top Premier trim comes with Z-link rear suspension that improves handling even more. Both trims come with the Chevy MyLink system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Safety features offered include Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Park Assist. The unique Teen Driver by Chevrolet system, which debuted on the 2016 Malibu, also can be added to the model.
The Cruze Hatchback has done well in Europe. GM is hoping it can translate its popularly there into sales here in the States.
It arrives this fall.
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