New images of 2011 Chevrolet Cruze released

The hatchback will be based on the saloon version, but introduces the practical five-door arrangement to offer more load area in the rear than the four-door version.

However, it also manages to tweak the roofline to much more of a coupe style and under the bonnet, offers several new engine choices.

These include petrol and diesel options, including the large 2.0-litre 163PS diesel first seen in the seven-seat Orlando MPV this year.

In terms of styling, the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback is near identical to the saloon from the front, with Chevrolet’s split grille and large badge clearly visible. The bulging wheel arches are retained and inside, specification and equipment levels are expected to mirror those of the saloon.

The car will go on sale in mid-2011 where it will enter a crowded market which includes the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra.

Chevrolet is expected to price the Cruze beneath the two best-selling UK models, but prices have not been announced for the Cruze hatchback so far.

"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 Chevrolet Orlando will go on sale early in 2011 and will be followed by an updated Chevrolet Aveo supermini and a new Chevrolet Captiva SUV.