The new Chevrolet Cruze Hatch has been officially revealed, as you have already seen on MotorChase. In the USA, the car will go on sale only in the third quarter of 2016. In South America, it tends to be sold much earlier, as this body-in-white photographed in Argentina allows us to conclude. Compare it with the production car in the images below.
The picture was originally published by the Argentinian website Auto al Día and was taken inside the GM Rosario plant, in which more than US$ 750 million were invested due to the Project Phoenix. The investment was made in order to get the plant ready to produce cars built over the new D2XX platform, the same one that underpins not only the new generation of Cruze Hatch and sedan, but also the second generation Volt and a new C segment SUV, a possible replacement for the Chevrolet Captiva Sport produced in Mexico and sold in South American markets as well.
This is the first image that confirms what the GM Rosario plant will produce, apart from a union member clearly stating that it would produce the new generation Cruze as soon as February. The sedan version has been photographed under disguise both in Argentina and Brazil, while testing. It is interesting that it has emerged on the same day in which the production version of the Cruze Hatch has been revealed. This body-in-white is very likely just a production test, but there is no reason to believe its production will only be started after the sedan’s.
Considering production happens usually 2 months before the car reaches the dealers, we would guess the new Cruze Hatch and sedan will be simultaneously available to South American dealers as soon as April or May.
Source: Auto al Día