We’ve seen and driven Chevrolet’s upcoming Cruze compact sedan and heard that General Motors has no plans for a coupe version of the car. It turns out however, that there is a hatchback version of the car and it’s scheduled to debut at the Paris Motor Show.
GM’s previously said no to a Cruze SS and Cruze coupe, but the hatchback is certainly a go. Interestingly, the Cruze hatchback was penned by GM’s Holden unit in Australia, typically known for its large cars. But Holden also styled the Aveo RS shown at Detroit earlier this year, showing the brand’s expansion as a small car designer.
Details on the Cruze hatchback are rather scarce, but it’s known the slinky four-door hatchback is planned for production sometime in 2011. It’s unclear where exactly the car will be sold, but it will at least be built for Australia’s domestic market, where it will wear a Holden badge. Other possibilities for the Cruze hatchback production and sales include Asia and Europe.
Mechanicals of the Cruze hatchback will likely be identical to those of the Cruze sedan. If the car makes it to the U.S., expect it to offer the same 1.4-liter, turbo I-4 and 1.8-liter, normally aspirated I-4 as the sedan. It will be offered with a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.
According to Chevrolet, the Cruze hatchback will be one of four world premieres at the Paris Motor Show. Another of those world premieres is the upcoming Chevrolet Orlando, a seven-seat people mover based on the same Delta II architecture as the Cruze hatchback. A third possible world premiere at the Paris show is Chevrolet’s new Aveo.
Stick with us here at Automobile as the Paris Motor Show approaches and we learn more about Chevrolet’s future small cars.