The cars will be assembled in two trim levels, levels, LS and LT, with a 1.8-litre, quad-valve, fuel-injected petrol engine capable of about 105kW at 6200rpm, 176Nm at 3800rpm and average fuel consumption of 6.6 litres/100km. The current sedans in South Africa come with 1.6, 1.8 and a two-litre power - the 1.8 in the hatch is the same as that of the sedan.
EASILY RECOGNISED: Same grille, same headlights, in fact everything about the Chev Cruze's front section is the same as that of the sedan (inset).
Chevrolet says the main design cues that underscore the sportier appearance are the fast roofline, the slightly swept, concave shoulder line and the headlights with their pointed, arrow-like housings. The hatchback's sides slope inward when viewed in profile; a handsome rather than workaday car indeed.
HANDY STORAGE: Bottles between the seats and neat packaging for the parking brake lever and gearshift assembly on the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback.