Published On: Mon, Aug 8th, 2016

Chevrolet Revealed The Price Of New 2017 Cruze Hatchback

Chevrolet took the wraps off the new 2017 Cruze Hatchback, which will join the sedan in the compact’s U.S. lineup this fall. Based on the second-generation Cruze, the new body style offers an economical way of scoring a total of 42 cubic feet cargo space without upgrading to a crossover.

The Cruze was redesigned for 2016, and this is the first time we are seeing the hatchback version. The hatch, which is powered by the same 153-hp 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder as the sedan, will be offered in the top 2 of the sedan’s four trim levels: LT and Premier. But whereas the sedan uses a beam-axle rear suspension in all the models save the Premier, the hatchback will have an independent rear suspension both in the Premier and the LT model. The RS appearance package also is available on both models.

Like the sedan, the hatch comes to market with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder good for 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. That is it – no naturally aspirated engines here. That engine will be paired with either a six-speed manual or a HydraMatic 6-speed auto. Fuel economy should be just as impressive as the sedan, projected to hit 40 miles per gallon on the highway.

The hatch will be sold in three available trims in North America — LT, Premium, and RS (which does not see any engine upgrades, just sportier styling), while the Cruze sedan comes with five, including lower L and LS trim levels. It’ll also be interesting to see how sales of the 5-door Cruze and the new Chevy Bolt compete, along with similar styling elements but one shocking difference.