Chevy finally took the wraps of its final production version of the highly successful Cruze compact car, at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Earlier concepts hinted strongly at the final outcome and the final product was less of a surprise than one would expect. Not a bad thing really at the clean lines of the Cruze are one of the main things pushing sales around the Globe.
2012 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback shown at the Geneva Motor Show
Hatchbacks are a key segment in the European market, however they sell less enthusiastically in the US.
One oddity about the Cruze hatchback is that it has sedan has 400 litres of cargo storage with the rear seats up versus 450 litres for the sedan. One can blame the shorter rear overhang of the Hatchback for this.
The vehicle shown in Geneva listed either a 1.6L or 1.8L gasoline engine or a 2.0L turbo-diesel as possible power plants. Cruze models sold in North America, are currently fitted with either a 1.4L turbocharged or 1.8L 4-cylinder engines.
The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze was named the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s (AJAC) 2011 overall Car of the Year.