Hatchbacks were once a body style very much reserved for European automakers, but, after finding much success in the United States (the Ford Focus hatchback is merely one example of such success) Chevrolet will finally bring a hatchback variant to its domestic market.
And here we have the first shots of said vehicle testing on European roads, courtesy of World Car Fans.
Up front, things will be nearly identical to the recently introduced 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, and it will ride on the same D2XX underpinnings as its sedan mate. In the rear is where many changes will take place.
No, this will not be a carbon-copy of the 2016 Opel Astra K hatch, either, as Chevrolet has opted to bring its own style and design to the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback. That means we won’t be seeing a floating roofline, something Opel has penned as a signature design trait.
Though, the profile in the rear does look similar to the 2016 Astra, unique horizontal headlights clearly state this is a different vehicle. It also gives the rear a very fresh look over the outgoing hatchback, which looks more wagon-like.
Expect the 2017 Cruze hatchback to debut some time in 2016 after the 2016 Cruze sedan reaches local dealers in the United States.