Our spies have sent us the first batch of images with the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback.

The new Cruze hatchback was caught on camera testing in Southern Europe with a significant amount of body disguise, but we already have an idea about how it will look like. The front half of the car will be virtually carried over from the new sedan and that’s actually a good thing as the new model is quite a looker.

As for the rear end, you can see the production taillights through the camouflage and these are substantially different than the ones on the old Cruze hatchback. The new clusters have a horizontal arrangement and extend onto the trunk lid, and there’s also a prominent roof-mounted spoiler to give it a sportier look.

The generous 2,700-mm wheelbase from the sedan should be carried over, just like the 113 kg (250 lbs) weight loss compared to its predecessor. The Cruze sedan has a more aerodynamic body than the old one and chances are it will be the same story with the hatchback.

Power will be provided by a 1.4-liter turbo producing 153 bhp (113 kW) at 5,600 rpm and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm). Output will be sent to the front axle through a standard 6-speed manual or an optional 6-speed automatic. The sedan runs the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint in 8 seconds, so expect the hatchback to have just about the same level of performance.

Chevrolet has already confirmed the five-door Cruze hatchback will be available in United States and it also said a diesel engine will be introduced sometime in 2017. 

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