As rumored, Chevrolet will debut the Cruze Hatchback at the Paris Auto Show and the American automaker has decided to reveal the new five-door several weeks ahead of schedule. When the Cruze Hatchback does get its official unveiling, it will be joined by three other new products from Chevy. The model set to be revealed (and pictured above) is actually a concept car and not the production model. Very little is expected to change when it does go into production, however, with items like LED daytime running lights most likely not making the cut. Chevy has confirmed that the Cruze Hatchback will go on sale in mid-2011 in Europe.
The Cruze hatch is expected to use the same engines as found in the sedan and cargo room is rated at 14.1 cubic feet.
A hatchback version of the Cruze is no surprise for the European market as hatchbacks are a favorite there. "Hatchbacks play a critical role in many markets," says Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe. "The total compact segment in Europe represents around 4.8 million units which is over a quarter of the total market, with hatchbacks representing around 65% of that volume. We therefore expect to see increased business in a number of regions, while sending out a signal that Chevrolet is now a serious mainstream player in Europe."
It's not yet known what other markets will get the Cruze hatch and while it would seem more likely that North America would get a coupe model, we can't rule the hatchback out yet – especially as Ford will deliver a 5-door version of the new Focus here shortly.
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