General Motors used the Geneva Motor Show to reveal the Chevrolet Cruze wagon, which expands on the Cruze sedan and hatchback models ready available overseas. The most important metric, of course, is the fact that the wagon’s cargo area provides up to 53.0 cubic feet of space — up from 17.7 cubic feet in the Cruze sedan, and almost as much space as on offer in a Cadillac SRX.
The Chevrolet Cruze wagon also shows off a new version of its parent company’s corporate face, which will be applied to all European Cruze models starting this summer. Compared to the U.S.-market sedan, the Cruze gets a restyled fascia with new head- and foglights, along with new wheel designs and revised seat trims. The European version of the Chevrolet Cruze wagon can choose from five EuroV emissions-compliant engines: 1.6-liter and 1.8-liter inline-fours, a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four, and 1.7- and 2.0-liter diesels.
Although we think the Chevrolet Cruze wagon is smart and extremely practical, there is virtually no chance of the car being sold in the U.S. The market for station wagons on our shores is already incredibly small, and Chevrolet didn’t even see fit to sell the Cruze hatchback here. The one bright spark: a diesel-powered Cruze sedan will debut in the U.S. in 2013.
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