Chevrolet trades on the Cruze's World Touring Car Championship win last year to sell a hatchback version in Europe's most competitive segment.

Chevrolet has revealed the production version of the Cruze hatchback ahead of its Geneva introduction.

The Cruze hatchback is meant to make the model, and the Chevrolet brand, a true competitor in the most important segment in the European market.

Trading on the Cruze' racing credentials, having won the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) last year, Chevrolet touts it's top-selling global nameplate as well-suited to European driving tastes. Its body-frame integral system (BFI) and chassis-tuning providing for a tight, sport ride for the 5-door hatch.

The Cruze hatchback features a 400 liter boot capacity and a 60/40 split rear seating, as is typical of European hatches.

We can expect most engine options to carryover from the sedan. Those include a 113 PS (83 kW / 111 hp) 1.6-liter petrol, a 141 PS (104 kW / 139 hp) 1.8-liter petrol, and a 150 PS (110 kW / 148 hp) 2.0-liter diesel. Chevrolet has also named the top spec 2.0-liter diesel engine with 163 hp (122 kW / 165 PS) from the Orlando will make it to the Cruze hatchback. A six-speed manual transmission will be standard.

The Chevrolet Cruze hatchback goes on sale in Europe in the summer with prices and engine options to be announced later.

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