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2017 Chevrolet Cruze to get hatchback body style

You wouldn’t know it from their current North American line-up, but Chevrolet actually does know how to do five-door hatches. It just seems that North Americans don’t know what to do with a five-door hatch, so they don’t buy them.

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The Europeans get it; they got hatch and wagon versions of the last Cruze, to compete with similar models that are offered by pretty much every other manufacturer in those markets.

Well, it appears that those that liked the Cruze but needed the practicality of something other than a sedan can rejoice, for Chevy will be bringing a hatch version of their Cruze to our markets, by way of next week’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), in Detroit, MI.

From the front doors forward, the Cruze hatch looks almost the same as its sedan sibling, save for more aggressive bumpers and slightly shorter hood.

Thanks to the hatchback configuration, the Cruze hatch will be able to accommodate 525 litres in the trunk, expandable to 1,189 L with the rear seats folded.

The hatch shares most of its underpinnings with the sedan, helping it have the longest wheelbase in the category and providing space for occupants even with the expanded cargo area.

You can also thank its hatch configuration for a savings of 91 kilos over the sedan, thanks to a lightened chassis and an engine that’s lighter by 20 kg.

Under the hood, the Cruze hatch shares the 4-cylinder, 1.4L turbo engine shared with other models in the line-up. It’s good for 153 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque.

It will debut in Canada with two trims: LT and Premier, th latter gaining special suspension tuning. Later, a third RS model will be added, will get special wheels and different aerodynamic addenda.

Prices have not yet been announced; expect them closer to release this summer.

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