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Chevrolet Hops On The Hot Hatch Bandwagon With The New Cruze Hatchback

Someone please put a Camaro engine in this!

Chevrolet has pulled the covers off of its Cruze Hatch before the car’s official unveiling at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. If you’ll remember, Chevy showed the new Cruze (sedan) earlier in the year. This is basically that car but with a different body. It packs a 1.4-liter turbo-four that sends 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. In terms of overall size, the automaker says the hatchback and sedan are the same length at 106.3 inches. The major difference is on the inside.

The Cruze Hatch boasts 22.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, with that figure expanding to 47.2 feet with the rear seats folded down. Those figures aren’t overly impressive but we doubt buyers will flock to the Cruze hatchback because of its cargo space. No, we think people will eye the new hatchback because it looks good and is packed with tech. Okay, to be fair our opinion on the Cruze is based solely off the press images of the RS model. That trim (at least on the sedan) includes new front and rear fascias, fog lamps, a front splitter, rocker panels and a unique grille. It also comes with 18-inch wheels. While the other trims may pale in comparison, all should have that awesome roof spoiler, so there’s that.

On the tech front Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. There’s also the option to include a 4G LTE wireless hotspot. What most excites us about the Cruze Hatch is the chance to have two hot “RS” models on the road. Imagine if Chevy dropped the Camaro’s 2.0-liter turbo-four, good for 275 horsepower, into this hatchback? That wouldn’t outclass the Ford Focus RS and its 350 horsepower but it could create a nice budget alternative.

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