Chevrolet just unveiled the 2017 Cruze Hatch at the North American International Auto Show but that hasn't stopped executives from hinting at future variants.
Speaking to CarAdvice, GM North America Executive Vice President Alan Batey confirmed the possibility of a high-performance variant. When pushed for more details, he said that model is based on a global architecture and this opens it up to a wide range of engine options. Batey declined to be drawn into specifics but said a hot hatch is "absolutely” possible.
Set to go on sale this fall, the Cruze Hatch features sporty styling and an accommodating cargo compartment that can hold up to 47.2 cubic feet (1,336 liters) of luggage when the rear seats are folded down. The model comes standard with a MyLink infotainment system that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Options include leather seats, a heated steering wheel, and projector-beam headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights. Customers can also order an assortment of safety systems including Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Park Assist.
Like the sedan, power is provided by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque.