Ahead of its formal debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, which will take place in Detroit from January 11-24, GM has unveiled the new five-door Chevrolet Cruze. The vehicle has already been available in other markets, but according to GM’s Mark Reuss the decision not to offer it in the United States was “a pre-bankruptcy planning mistake.”
The 2017 Cruze Hatchback, which is based on the second-generation sedan model that was released last year, is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four engine, with 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. It offers a functional interior with 42 cubic feet of storage space when the rear seats are folded, and will be available in two trim levels: LT or Premier (as opposed to the sedan, which has four options: L, LS, LT and Premier). Standard amenities will include many high-tech security features along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto via Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system.
Pricing information for the Cruze Hatchback isn’t yet available, but it will likely have a slightly higher price tag than the sedan model, whose LT and Premier models start at $21,995 and $23,995, respectively. Official number will be released closer to when the vehicle become available to purchase this fall.