The Chevrolet Cruze lineup continues to grow as our spy photographers have snapped the first pictures of what is believed to be the Cruze Hybrid.

The Chevrolet Cruze lineup continues to grow as our spy photographers have snapped the first pictures of what is believed to be the Cruze Hybrid.

Caught undergoing testing in Michigan, the modestly camouflaged prototype has a familiar design but is nowhere as sporty as the Cruze RS that was unveiled last year.  The camouflage hides most of the details but we can see the model has a new front bumper, revised air intakes, and less extreme side skirts.  The rear end should also be more conventional as it will focus on efficiency instead of style.

The cabin will echo the standard model so expect an assortment of high-tech goodies including a rearview camera and a MyLink infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Performance specifications remain unconfirmed but the model is expected to use either a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine from the Volt or a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine from the Malibu Hybrid.  Regardless of which engine is used, it will be backed up by lithium-ion battery pack and at least one electric motor.

The Cruze Hybrid is expected to be introduced this spring with sales starting either late this year or early next year.

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