Customers get a lot of extra room for the slightly higher price than the four-door.
The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback will arrive at dealers in the United States this fall for $22,190, including destination. The hatch will be available in LT and Premier trims, and customers will also be able to order the RS package with a different body kit than the standard model.
The Cruze Hatchback uses the same 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque and 106.3-inch wheelbase as the four-door. There's a significant difference in cargo capacity, though. An LT trim sedan offers a 13.9 cubic feet in its trunk, but the new model's extended roof boosts volume to 18.5 cubic feet in the back. Putting this version's rear seats down increases the room to a cavernous 47.2 cubic feet.
At $20,040, a Cruze LT sedan costs $2,150 less than the base hatchback, but the extra investment in the new bodystyle might be worthwhile for customers who prioritize space. The automaker also claims the hatchback has more rear legroom than the Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra. Chevy isn't discussing the longroof's fuel economy until closer to launch, but with the same engine we expect it to get nearly the same 30 miles per gallon city and 42 mpg highway as the four-door with the six-speed automatic gearbox.