There have been many wondering, wanting and wishing the upcoming diesel variant of Cruze will find its way to a hatchback form. Well, guess what? Chevrolet is listening, and it’s very likely.
Speaking with the development team during our first drive of the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, we asked about the diesel in particular. The Cruze sedan has already been confirmed to receive the oil burner, plucked from corporate cousin Opel. In Opel’s usage, the 1.6-liter CDTI four-cylinder diesel makes 136 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. That program is still on track to arrive in early 2017 along with the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback with petrol power.
However, when pushing for extra information, Chevrolet danced around the idea of a diesel hatchback, all but confirming it will be a reality. Specifically, the brand stated both the sedan and hatchback are identical in the front, and will support the same powerplants. This was before going on to say there will be “three or four more drive programs” upcoming.
What does that mean? Chevrolet will be inviting media to sample a few other variants of Cruze in the near future.
A few times we were also told the Cruze family would grow, and the sedan and hatchback were only a first phase for the compact car. Knowing a diesel hatchback is likely, we hope Chevrolet will also fill a niche for a hot hatch variant, too. But, that’s another discussion entirely.
Now, we can only hope a manual gearbox may be paired with the low end grunt of the four-cylinder diesel.