Chevrolet’s British public relations department announced pricing for the Cruze hatchback when it goes on sale there in July. Although there isn’t a direct comparison between trim levels and engine options between the Euro sedan and hatchback, converting British pounds to U.S. dollars shows that prices are close in terms of standard equipment and engine. A 1.8-liter LT sedan costs $805 less than a 1.8-liter LTZ hatchback. The extra $805 buys more than just the extra door, it also includes more standard equipment such as Bluetooth, a USB port, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, and 17 inch alloys.
Though the European Cruze isn’t offered with the 1.4-liter turbo I-4 engine that we get here, instead it gets a 122-hp 1.6-liter I-4 as the base engine and above mentioned 1.8-liter is the step-up engine. British buyers also are able to select a tasty 2.0L VCDi I-4 diesel, that produces a generous 161 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque, if they so desire; however, the diesel carries a hefty $3000 premium over the 1.8-liter model. Since Europe does not have the 1.4T option, it’s hard to make a direct comparison, although the price difference for U.S. models between the 1.8 and 1.4T is $1900, indicating the turbodiesel might theoretically carry a $1000 premium over the 1.4T, if offered in the U.S.
Hatchbacks are popular in the U.K. as well as the rest of Europe, but hatchback sales haven’t been as strong in the U.S. GM hasn’t announced plans to offer the Cruze five-door hatchback in the U.S. but sales of hatchbacks by Chevy competitors seems to be increasing. Ford, in particular, believes North American buyers are ready for hatchbacks and recently started selling the same Focus and Fiesta five-door hatches in the U.S. as it does in Europe; although, Ford still offers sedan versions of both the Focus and Fiesta in the U.S. for buyers who haven’t embraced the hatchback.
Do you think a five-door hatch Cruze would sell in the U.S.? Are you jealous that we don’t get the Cruze five-door hatchback stateside? If we were to get the five-door Cruze, would you be willing to pony up around a grand (or more) extra for the additional door? Let us know what you think.
Source: Chevrolet UK