Drum roll please. The moment a lot of people have been waiting for is here. Chevrolet says it is finally bringing the Cruze Hatchback stateside.
With the popularity of hatchbacks taking hold last year (note the Ford Focus hatchback), it’s no wonder Chevrolet has decided it’s time to confirm the rumors. Chevy’s sold the Cruze hatch in other markets, most notably Europe, but until now, not in the U.S. because GM felt it was a risky investment.
But apparently it’s risky no more.
“With 9 percent market growth in small hatchbacks last year, it’s the perfect time to bring the Cruze Hatch to America. As Cruze continues to set the tone for Chevrolet globally, it articulates the brand promise of offering cars with the latest technologies, more features and greater efficiency, performance and safety with fresh, distinctive styling,” says Alan Batey, president, General Motors North America and Global Chevrolet.
Now down to the details. The hatch will debut next week at the Detroit Auto Show and should arrive in dealerships in the Fall. Like the new 2016 Cruze sedan, the hatchback gets a more rigid and lighter design than previous models with a 44-pound lighter engine.
The new sedan is offered in four trims, L, LS, LT, and Premier. There is an RS package option that adds an special front and rear, rocker panels, spoiler, fog lamps, and, on the Premier, 18-inch wheels. The Hatch will offer only the LT and Premier trims as well as the optional RS package.
The Hatch will come standard with 1.4-liter direct injection turbo engine. It uses Stop/Start technology and electric power steering. The top Premier trim also comes with Z-link rear suspension that helps the rear suspension to better follow the front for improved handling. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility will come standard with Chevrolet’s MyLink radio system.
Optional safety features include Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Park Assist. Chevy’s Teen Driver system is also available to help parents monitor their kiddos and make sure they’re driving safely.
The 2016 LT and Premier sedans are set to start at $21,995 and $23,995 when they go on sale early this year. But Chevy remains mum about the hatchback’s pricing. The Ford SE Hatch starts at $19,015, which is just under a thousand dollars over the $18,515 SE Sedan, if that tells you anything.