Spring launch date for Chevrolet Cruze hatchback

The all-new Cruze will appear for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in March before it debuts in UK showrooms.

The five-door hatchback will sit alongside a saloon version, launched in 2009, in the Cruze range but will include Chevrolet’s new-look front end including the two-part grille and large logo seen on the new Aveo and Orlando.

The rear end opens up to a 400-litre boot which can be extended by folding the rear row of seats. Inside, the Cruze is expected to be offered with Chevrolet’s three core trim levels in keeping with the rest of the range.

Cruze sales have been strong for Chevrolet since the launch of the saloon in 2009, with the family car outselling the smaller Aveo in Europe.

The hatchback segment takes up a quarter of all compact car sales in Europe, leading Chevrolet to design a hatchback version of the Cruze to boost sales.

To do this, the chassis has been tuned to suit European roads after being given a more ‘taut body feel’ and increased solidity and stability.

Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe, said: “The new Cruze hatchback cements that Chevrolet’s claim for a place among the mainstream brands in Europe, and it’s a vehicle that will bring new levels of value against some of the more established competition.”

Prices for the new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback have not been revealed by Chevrolet, but the new five-door model will go on sale in UK Chevrolet dealerships from spring 2011.

It will join several new Chevrolet models this year including the Orlando MPV, Captiva SUV, Aveo family car and the eagerly awaited Camaro muscle car.