The bi-quarterly performance Chevy Cruze rumor is back, and is some form of solace to the news of the American market losing the Cruze hatchback (in its current form). As for the sportier Cruze, it’s said to have more athletic credentials, but that could simply mean that the current RS version becomes more than just a body kit.
When looking at the 2013 Sonic RS, we could see a flat-bottom steering wheel and other exclusive interior features, plus a tighter suspension system, better brakes and more appropriate gearing to go with the more rakish looks. If that’s the case, chances are that the 1.4L turbocharged Ecotec engine will remain in the engine bay, though we would love to see a turbocharged 1.6L or even a 2.0L someday. In the meantime, the upcoming Ford Focus ST, VW Golf GTI, and Honda Civic Si will continue to attract young buyers looking for a hot tuner car.