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  • 2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchbackmedia.chevrolet
  • 2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchbackmedia.chevrolet

American auto major GM has revealed its 2017 Cruze hatchback ahead of its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The 2017 Cruze hatchback, which will be launched in the US in the fall of this year, has taken design cues from its bigger sibling, Cruze sedan. As for styling, the biggest difference is in the rear and side profile. The new hatchback packs stylish wraparound taillamps and an integrated spoiler. The new Cruze has the same class-leading 106.3-inch (2,700 mm) wheelbase as sedan models and offers 524 litres of cargo space behind the rear seat, which can be extended to 1,189 litres with the rear seat folded.

"With 9% market growth in small hatchbacks last year, it's the perfect time to bring the Cruze hatch to America," said Alan Batey, president, General Motors North America and Global Chevrolet. "As Cruze continues to set the tone for Chevrolet globally, it articulates the brand promise of offering cars with the latest technologies, more features and greater efficiency, performance and safety with fresh, distinctive styling."

The new Cruze hatch boasts a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, and halogen projector-beam headlamps with LED signature lighting. The hatch also features MyLink radio systems with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. On the safety front, Cruze gets the optional Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Park Assist.

The 2017 Cruze hatch will be offered in LT and Premier trims, and gets a 1.4-litre turbo four-cylinder gasoline engine under the hood.

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