New Chevrolet Cruze Estate revealed

The new estate model, named the Station Wagon by Chevrolet, will appear as part of the new Chevrolet Cruze range at the Geneva Motor show in March, the US brand has revealed.

Estates are a staple of small family cars in the UK with the Ford Focus ST and Vauxhall Astra ST bumping up sales of the cars for those needing extra space.

The new Chevrolet Cruze estate body style will sit alongside the hatchback and saloon body styles, measuring slightly longer than both at 4,678mm.

This means a bigger boot and more space, in particular in terms of head room, for rear passengers. The boot measures 500-litres with the rear seats up and extends to a cavernous 1,500-litres with the rear seats folded, making it the most practical out of the three Cruze variations.

It will also get the same engines as the all-new hatchback launched last year in the UK.

As well as the estate body style being bigger it will offer a 1.7-litre VCDi diesel engine that emits just 119g/km of CO2 emissions and delivers up to 130hp.

This will be the most frugal engine in the range and brings the Cruze into Band B of road tax. First year payments will be free before it reverts to £35 per year under the current road tax costs.

In terms of styling changes its exterior features a sporty aerodynamic shape with a coupe like roofline. Roof rails are also standard on the Cruze estate which adds greater convenience and practicality.

Chevrolet vehicles are available from Perry’s Dover and Rotherham dealerships.