Photos brought to us by Automobile Magazine shows the Cruze hatch being tested near the Milford Proving Grounds in Michigan. Built on GM’s D2XX platform, the new hatch represents a C-segment hatchback that Chevrolet hasn’t offered in America since the Malibu Maxx.
Chevrolet buyers eager for the release of the 2017 Cruze hatch can expect to see it on dealer lots not too long after the sedan model. The hatch model will likely be available with a 1.4L four-cylinder matted to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Diesel fans can expect to see the 1.6L turbodiesel become available for the 2017 model year.
The Cruze hatchback variant will allow the car to better compete with the likes of the Mazda 3 hatch, Ford Focus hatch, Volkswagen Golf, and the re-birthed Honda Civic hatchback (which costs $2,000 more than the Cruze).
We think a 2017 Cruze hatch diesel would make for a fine daily driver, and will be an excellent (and cheaper) alternative to the Golf TDI, wouldn’t you agree? Share your thoughts by commenting below.