Chevrolet reveals five-door Cruze hatchback

The model was first shown as a concept in September last year at the Paris Motor Show and will now be unveiled as a full production version at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2011.

The hatchback will join the saloon version in the Cruze range from summer 2011 when it arrives in UK showrooms.

The Cruze, whose rallying version won the British Touring Car Championship, will be given a more practical makeover for road-going models.

However, it keeps the low, coupe-like roofline of the concept, a look which has gained popularity in the industry after successfully appearing on the likes of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and the Range Rover Evoque SUV.

Chevrolet says the Cruze hatchback is inspired by the success in motorsport, claiming ‘what we learn on the track is passed down to our road cars’.

A set of new engines will include the new 163PS 2.0-litre diesel also offered with the new Orlando MPV. The range-topping engine will be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox in the UK.

"The Cruze Hatchback will give us a huge opportunity in the UK," said Chevrolet Managing Director, Mark Terry. "This year alone, we’ve got four major new model launches that will have a significant positive impact on our product line-up in the UK, as well as the Camaro to cast a halo over the rest of our range.

The Cruze will be launched alongside the new seven-seat Orlando MPV, Chevrolet’s first foray into the large people carrier segment in the UK.

They will be joined by updates to the Captiva SUV and Aveo supermini ranges in 2011. The eagerly anticipated launch of a European-spec Chevrolet Camaro will take place later in the year.

Full prices and details for the Cruze hatchback will be announced closer to the summer launch date, Chevrolet has confirmed.