Joining the sedan revealed last year, Chevy’s new iteration of the five-door hatchback is being featured in Detroit with the appealing RS package. However, it’s all show without the extra go as the compact hatch has the same turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Buyers will be able to choose between a six-speed manual and an optional six-speed automatic.
It shares the same 106.3-inch wheelbase with the sedan, but with a redesigned rear end providing a trunk capacity of 18.5 cubic feet (524 liters) with the rear seats in place. Should you need more room to haul cargo, fold down the rear bench and the available capacity jumps to 42 cubic feet (1,189 liters).
Chevy plans on selling it only in LT and Premier trim levels, along with the RS package. There’s no word about fuel economy, but it should be in the same ballpark as the sedan’s estimated 40 miles per gallon on the highway.
Currently on display at the Detroit Auto Show, the 2017 Cruze Hatchback is programmed to go on sale this fall, with pricing to be announced closer to the model’s launch.