Listen up, Harbinites. We don’t like to push something that may at this point merely be a rumor, but this one is at least worth noting. We wouldn’t steer you wrong, of course, and this rumor was apparently confirmed by General Motors CFO John Stapleton way back in September: there will be a 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback. Go ahead and pull yourself back together; we’ll wait.
2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback Release Date
The last few years have seen an unmistakable step forward for the so-called “hot hatch” segment, a class of vehicle that combines the performance style of a compact sedan with the versatility of a wagon or small CUV. We’ve already got two Chevy hatchbacks in our lineup at Harbin Automotive — the Spark and Sonic — as well as two from Ford, the Focus and Fiesta. But now, it would appear that they’ll be getting some company.
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We’ve just received word that the release of the redesigned 2016 Chevy Cruze will be followed in the next model year by the reveal of the 2017 Chevy Cruze hatchback. The previous generation of Cruze featured a hatchback model in overseas markets, and now we’ll get to enjoy edition this stateside as well.
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As can probably be expected, details are scarce at this point. However, there are a few things we can consider to be likely developments. Since the hatchback segment has already become the popular domain of diesel engines, we’d consider it a near-certainty that the 1.6L Turbo-Diesel that’s joining the lineup in 2017 to be offered in the hatchback as well. As for the standard powertrain, we’d also say it’s pretty likely that the hatchback will receive the 1.4L Turbo four-cylinder as its flagship power platform.
Adding to the already excellent offerings found in the 2016 Chevy Cruze — the built-in 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, updated Chevy MyLink interface and all-new design, among other features — we can’t wait to see exactly what Chevrolet has up its sleeve with the 2017 Chevy Cruze hatchback. We’ll keep you posted right here at Harbin Automotive as details come in; check back often for updates!