Looking Good – Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

Kaustubh

Kaustubh Shinde,

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The Cruze turned the fortunes for the then bankrupt GM like no other car. It looks like a muscle car but was designed in Korea and engineered by Opel. In that sense, the Cruze is truly a ‘Global Car.’ Back home as well, the Cruze dethroned the Honda Civic from its ‘Supreme’ spot as is now the better selling car in its segment along with the Toyota Corolla Altis Diesel.

Cheverolet Cruze Hatchback
Cheverolet Cruze Hatchback

Come Geneva Motor Show, GM will reveal another chapter in the Cruze’s success story. The company is all set to reveal the production ready model of the Cruze hatchback.

Cruze Hatchback Concept
Cruze Hatchback Concept

If you have seen the concept version of the Cruze hatchback that was unveiled at the Paris Motor show, then you will be very disappointed. All the cool features such as LED strips on the front bumper, the blue-tinted headlamps and the clear crystal tail lights are NOT present on the production ready model.

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback
Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Rear

The hatchback will be offered in 1.6-liter and 1.8-liter petrol engines producing 124HP and 141HP respectively. There is also a 163 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo diesel.

The reason we are very impressed with this car is because of the boot capacity. You might think that being a hatchback version it would have much lesser boot capacity than the sedan counterpart. But the difference is just 50 litres. So basically, this is just a cheaper Cruze – That is certainly good news!

Chevy India could think of getting this hatch to India as their contender for the newly formed ‘Premium Hatchback’ segment. There is no hatchback in India that has as much panache and power as the Cruze. But the possibility is very bleak as they have already burnt their hands with the SRV.

Do you think that we should get the Cruze Hatchback?

Source – Carscoop.Blogspot.com

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