America love affair with crossovers, trucks and hatchbacks is unrivalled. This is the reason the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback has returned impressive figures since 2008. Chevrolet is even anticipating better returns for the Chevrolet in the coming months. The Cruze has in fact been Chevrolet’s best-selling model globally while n the USA, the model sells around 350,000 units every year, which is very impressive. To strengthen sales for the Cruze lineup, the automaker is introducing a new diesel mill with an option for either a manual gearbox or a 9-speed automatic transmission system. The diesel mill will arrive in the Cruze in 2017 and will be offered as a 2018 model car. Read along for more information about the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback:
2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Exterior
The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback exterior derives inspiration from that of the Cruze sedan. However, the hatch takes the sedan’s design to a new level by adding a dose of functionality and aggressiveness.
At the front, the hatch features the same grille as the sedan. The front fascia features a larger grille that is flanked by aggressive-looking headlights. From the fascia, a smooth hood flows rearwards onto the smoothly and sharply creased front fenders which in turn send a sharp body backwards.
The line that starts at the fenders continues through the door handles all the way into the taillights. The line in fact terminates below the slanted rear glass window. The sides also feature a deep scallop in the lower section of the doors. The hatch rides on either 17-inch or 18-inch wheels. At the rear, the Cruze hatchback features a prominent spoiler just over the rear hatch.
The hatch is offered in only the LT and Premier trims.
To add an extra dose of sportiness, there will be an option for the RS package that adds unique rocker panels, fog lights as well as exclusive front and rear fascia.
2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Interior
The hatch cabin design also derives its inspiration from the Cruze sedan. Truth be told, it is a good thing because the 2016 Cruze sedan interior is quite elegant. Buyers will love the Cruze’s new 7.0-inch touch-screen that integrates the automaker’s MyLink system. The system is offered as a standard feature across the two trims. It offers an easy-to-use graphic interface that features large icons as well as a swiping capability. The system also offers Bluetooth connectivity, Smartphone integration, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay as well as wireless charging.
That is not all, the hatch also offers a TFT screen that displays a digital speedometer and displays other information about the vehicle.
The vehicle also features numerous soft-touch materials while its seats are upholstered in a quality cloth with an option for leather upholstery. The rear passengers have plenty of legroom for a comfortable ride. This is courtesy of wheelbase that is 1 inch longer than that of the outgoing model. However, many customers won’t like the tighter headroom because the roof of the new hatch is an inch lower.
As for the cargo space, the hatch offers 18.5 cubic feet of space that expands to 42 cubic feet upon folding the rear bench that has a 60/40 split-folding functionality.
Engine Specs and performance
The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback will be offered with two drive-trains. The models will feature the current turbocharged 1.4 L, 4-cylinder petrol mill that produces 153 horses and 177 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine powers that hatchback to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7.7 seconds. The mill is quite frugal with EPA ratings of 29 mpg in city and 38 mpg on highway drives.
The exciting news is that Chevrolet will introduce the 1.6 L turbodiesel mill that powers the Europe’s Vauxhall Astra. On the Vauxhall, the engine produces 134 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. In addition, the engine will be mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 9-speed automatic transmission system. Acceleration and EPA ratings for the diesel mill will be released close to the model’s debut but it is expected to return almost 50 mpg.
Price and release date
Chevrolet has not announced official prices or the release date of the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback. However, rumor has it that the hatchback will be released in the fall of 2017. The hatchback release will be preceded by that of the sedan. As for the price, the hatchback will be competitively priced, so expect a starting price of around $22,000 for the LT trim and around $24,000 for the range-topping Premier trim. The RS package will attract more bucks.
Top rivals of the Cruze Hatchback will be the likes of Subaru Impreza, VW Golf, Mazda 3, Honda Civic, Ford Focus hatchback and Hyundai Elantra GT.
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