Cruze hatchback enters Europe's most competitive segment. Chevrolet will trade on the Cruze's WTCC win last year to add luster to the model and has tuned the chassis to appeal to European tastes.

The Chevy Cruze has made it to the Geneva floor.

The Cruze hatchback will mark Chevrolet's entry into the most competitive segment in Europe, the C-segment or what is often simply called the Golf-class given that model's persistent reign in sales.

Chevrolet is hoping that the Cruze's WTCC profile, having won the World Touring Car Championship last year, will lend some luster to the model and help it with sales. Chevrolet has tuned the Cruze hatchback to appeal to European tastes with its body-frame integral system (BFI) and tight suspension tuning.

Expected to power the Cruze hatchback are the same power plants as in the sedan variant - 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.

The Chevrolet Cruze hatchback will hit dealer showrooms in Europe in the summer with prices announced nearer the launch date.

Gallery: Chevrolet Cruze hatchback in Geneva [video]