DETROIT – The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback, a new addition to the Cruze lineup, will arrive at Chevrolet dealerships this fall, following a debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.
The five-door hatchback targets the Ford Focus hatchback, Hyundai Elantra GT and Mazda 3. A Honda Civic hatchback is expected to round out the Civic lineup later this year.
Chevrolet said the Cruze hatchback “joins Colorado and Trax as the latest Chevrolets to push into new segments.”
GM said consumer demand for small hatchbacks increased 9 percent in 2015.
“It’s the perfect time to bring the Cruze hatch to America,” said Alan Batey, Chevrolet global brand chief, in a statement.
Pricing was not announced.
The 2017 Cruze hatch will be offered only in the high-end Cruze LT and Premier trims and with the RS package, which adds sportier front and rear fascias, foglamps and 18-inch wheels.
The small hatchback bears a family resemblance to the 2016 Cruze sedan, but adds a unique roof and rear end, including wraparound taillights and an integrated rear spoiler at the top of the liftgate.
It is equipped with a standard 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with direct injection and fuel-saving stop-start technology.
Options include a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and projector-beam headlights.
Optional safety equipment includes lane keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, side blind-zone alert and rear park assist.
The Cruze hatch has 18.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seat.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers seeking a fresh new hatchback will have another good option next fall with the Cruze hatch. But there are plenty of excellent alternatives out there in the meantime.