As expected, the new Chevrolet Cruze Hatch, called Chevrolet Cruze Sport6 in Brazil, will be officially presented at the 2016 NAIAS. What no one expected was that its first images were going to be released before the show, as they have been now. Ladies and gentlemen, here it is. And it looks gorgeous.
The new C segment hatchback from Chevrolet will retain the wheelbase of the sedan, at 2.70 m, but its luggage compartment is impressive. According to GM, the new Cruze will be able to carry 524 l of cargo. If the back seats are folded, luggage space improves to 1,189 l. GM does not state how big the Cruze Hatch will be, but we can bet on a same height (1.46 m) and width (1.80 m) compared to the sedan.
The new Cruze Hatch uses the D2XX platform, which has helped it shave 45 kg. The new engine, a 1.4 turbocharged petrol engine that generates 113 kW at 5,600 rpm and 240 Nm between 2,000 rpm and 4,000 rpm, eliminates other 20 kg. In total, the new hatchback is 91 kg lighter than the one that is still for sale in other countries outside the USA. This generation of the Cruze Hatch will be the first one sold in North American soil, something GM aims to start in the third quarter of 2016. As for the South American version, which will be produced in Rosario, Argentina, there is word of a 1.5 turbocharged engine, which would have more torque on low revs.
Another feature GM has decided to release is that the new Cruze Hatch will offer a Z-link rear suspension, or Watts Linkage. Which is a fancy name for torsion beam, as you can see in the images above and below. This suspension is used by the Cruze since its first generation and no, it is not independent. But it will be offered only for the top trim, called Premier.
In order to face competition, GM makes some bold claims. The first one is that the new Cruze Hatch will have more standard safety features than any other C segment car sold in the USA. Even when compared to the Toyota Corolla or the new 10th generation Honda Civic. These features include Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Park Assist. It will also have the option of Teen Driver, a snitch on how your kids are driving the car. Let’s hope they are offered in all markets in which the new hatchback is sold! The second one is that it is roomier than a Ford Focus or a Hyundai Elantra.
Another standard feature of the new car will be a MyLink radio system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with available 4G LTE for a Wi-Fi hotspot, probably to support passengers access to the internet with their gadgets. And to ensure a silent cabin all over the trip.
There will be five packages for the new Cruze in the USA: L, LS, LT, Premier and RS. Of these, the Cruze Hatch will have the LT, Premier and RS. This last trim comes with 18″ wheels and different rocker panels, fog lamps, rear spoiler and front and rear fascias. It would be nice if it also came with a stronger engine, or at least a different gearbox and suspension setup, but this is something we will only be sure at the 2016 NAIAS.