Chevrolet Cruze estate set for launch

The Chevrolet Cruze hatchback and the Chevrolet Cruze saloon are already on sale in the UK and a third model, the more spacious Chevrolet Cruze Station Wagon, will go on sale in the UK later in the year.

Designed as a more spacious family car, the Cruze Station Wagon is longer than the saloon and hatchback versions and includes a 500-litre boot.

This can be extended to a massive 1,500 litres with the rear seats folded and ensures the Cruze estate is the largest and most practical in the range.

However, it also comes with Chevrolet’s latest efficient engine technology such as the new 1.7-litre diesel option developing 130bhp.

The diesel makes use of stop-start technology, which turns the engine off automatically when the car is stationary in traffic, which boosts fuel economy.

It also has an effect on CO2 emissions, which are used as criteria for road tax bands in the UK and other charges such as the London congestion charge.

The new Chevrolet Cruze Station Wagon 1.7-litre diesel delivers 119g/km of CO2 emissions and this puts it into Band B of road tax. This is the second-lowest band and costs nothing in the first year and £35 in subsequent years under the current bands.

For businesses, it also means low Benefit-In-Kind tax, another tax based on the level of CO2 emissions a car emits.

The new Chevrolet Cruze Station Wagon will makes its official debut this week at the Geneva Motor Show, Europe’s largest motor show and setting for over 100 new car launches in 2012.

The Cruze will appear on Chevrolet’s stand alongside two new sports car concepts. A production version of the new Chevrolet Cruze is expected to arrive in UK Chevrolet dealerships later in the year.