Chevrolet Cruze hatchback fuel economy figures revealed

The fuel economy figures for the 2011 Cruze have been released by the manufacturer ahead of its launch in the UK in 2011.

The fuel economy figure, which drops to around 28mph in the city, is available on the Cruze Eco version, the lighter, most efficient model in the upcoming line-up.

Fuel consumption figures come courtesy of a 1.4-litre Ecotec turbocharged engine matched to a six-speed transmission.

Chevrolet has stripped the weight in its eco-branded model and sculpted the exterior to improve the aerodynamics.

Rolling resistance Goodyear tyres have also been added to reduce drag, while a low coupe roofline also helps to improve fuel economy.

The figures stand up to those of key rivals in the competitive hatchback segment, including the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Corsa and Citroen C4.

The hatchback version will join the compact saloon in the Cruze range and Chevrolet hopes to take advantage of the growing hatchback market in Europe.

Nearly five million compact cars are sold in Europe in each quarter and around 65 per cent of that figure is made up of hatchbacks.

A Chevrolet Cruze hatchback showcar was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 2010 alongside three other new models from Chevrolet; the updated Aveo supermini, Orlando MPV and Captiva SUV.

The new Chevrolet Cruze five-door hatchback will go on sale across Europe mid 2011 with prices announced nearer the launch date.