Starting from £13,995, Chevrolet has placed the Cruze hatchback beneath the likes of the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra in terms of price, but Chevrolet has promised a more ‘premium’ specification in the latest model.
Loosely based on the saloon bearing the Cruze name, the new hatchback comes with three specification levels; LS, LT and LTZ.
Standard equipment on the £13,995 LS model includes air conditioning, electric front windows, heated door mirrors and a CD/radio player.
For cruise control, a trip computer, parking sensors, 16" alloy wheels and fog lamps to be added to the specification, along with some leather highlights on the steering wheel and gearknob, the LT trim starts from £14,895.
At the top of the range, the £16,095 LTZ trim comes with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, 17" alloy wheels and some aluminium highlights.
For an extra £3,000, leather trim, heated seats and satellite navigation can be added as part of an Executive Pack on LTZ models.
Overall, there are three engine choices; a diesel and two petrol engines. The smaller of the two petrol engines, the 1.6-litre 124bhp, is available on entry-level LS models and LT versions only.
The middle-range LT adds the 2.0-litre 163bhp diesel with manual transmission and comes with the choice of an automatic gearbox for the petrol engine.
At the top of the range, the Cruze hatchback with LTZ specification uses a 1.8-litre petrol developing 141bhp and the diesel option, both with a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes including a five-speed manual for the petrol option and a six-speed manual for the diesel.
Chevrolet has promised more engines will be added to the range post-launch, but details remain scarce.
Chevrolet says the Cruze hatchback will sell well in the UK thanks to its ‘surprisingly affordable’ prices and higher equipment levels than previous models.
The new Chevrolet Cruze hatchback will go on sale next month in the UK and the US brand has confirmed its five year warranty will be offered with all cars sold.