According to a recent report, Holden is developing a Cruze SS to battle the Ford Focus ST and Mazdaspeed3 / Mazda3 MPS.

According to a recent report, Holden is developing a Cruze SS to battle the Ford Focus ST and Mazda3 MPS.

Details are limited, but the model will likely be available in four- and five-door body styles. Furthermore, we wouldn't be surprised if the car resembles the Cruze Z-Spec concept which was unveiled at the 2010 SEMA Motor Show.

Under the hood, power will reportedly be provided by an Astra-sourced engine. No word on which mill will be offered, but here's for hoping it is the OPC's turbocharged 2.0-liter that develops 290 PS (213 kW / 286 hp).

Besides the performance boost, the car is slated to feature a sport-tuned suspension and a revised steering system.

While there's no mention of a Chevrolet variant, the Holden Cruze SS could be unveiled at the Australian International Motor Show before being launched later this year.

Note: Chevrolet Cruze Z-Spec concept pictured

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