There’s two variations of the Chevrolet Cruze that we never received here in North America. Australia and other markets received the Cruze in both hatchback and station wagon bodystyles, while us Americans had to make do with the sedan only. Luckily, Chevrolet has smartened up a bit and vowed to offer the next-generation Cruze as a hatch.
Even though Australia had all Cruze body styles on offer, there’s still one theoretical variation of the car Holden never made available, a Ute. This idea probably never made it out of some whacky Australian engineer’s brain, let alone on Holden or Chevy’s drawing board, however one DeviantArt user recently rendered what it would look like if it had.
A Cruze Ute would be less practical than the existing Commodore-based Ute, with a smaller bed and cabin, however it would also be more economical, easier to drive and park and cheaper. The artist in this case appears to have envisioned a performance-oriented Cruze ute, with flared fenders, aftermarket wheels and an engine intake integrated into the grille.
Maybe if Australia makes enough noise, Holden will offer the next-generation Cruze with a pickup bed to replace the outgoing Ute. It’s not likely, but we’ll have our fingers crossed anyways. Check out the rendering here and let us know what you think in the comments.