Forbidden Fruit: 2012 Chevrolet (Holden) Cruze Hatchback

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The hatchback envy color today is orange. GM's Australian arm Holden has just unveiled its very sleek new Cruze hatch. No, it won't be coming to the U.S.

Yes, it's wearing the bowtie badges, but that's because it was released by Chevrolet Europe, where it will no doubt see significant sales. Aside from the very useful rear cargo space and the even-better new look, the hatch isn't anything you wouldn't expect from the Cruze: the same engines and transmissions will power it, and the same features and options will be available.

The 2010 Paris Auto Show will see the official unveiling of the Cruze hatch, with the full details and specifications released then, but we expect it to be entirely expected. Production of the new Cruze hatch will start in late 2011, with factories in "several countries" turning it out.

Offcially billed as a "showcar," the Cruze hatch shown here is the "precursor" to the production model, though again, we don't expect much in the way of changes in the translation to full-scale production.

Hatch fans, your pain is our pain. Maybe one day the mass-market zombies will awaken to the glories of the five-door--without the need for stilts and silly acronyms. See here for more on the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze sedan we do get here in the U.S.


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Comments (8)
  1. Lines are very clean. Back end looks stylish. Just wish Chevy would stop with the bland fronts on their cars... so passe!

  2. It's a shame the NA market would not get this instead of the somewhat bland sedan NA does get. A real shame.

  3. Chevy has a chance to build on their recent success with competitive designs from down under like the Cruze hatchback and the Pontiac G-8 evolving into a fuel efficient road dog, and finally with a toy GM pickup for the singles sport truck market especially 4 by 4. Say an iconic image truck that can do the rough trails and do for 30 mpg! Slam dumk the market!

  4. Don't feel bad about not getting this car here. The production version will lose the wheels, the LED tails and the blue headlights. So it will be a boring Subaru.

  5. Chevy should def bring this to the US. I hope someone, anyone in their marketing department looks at these sites.

  6. Profile kinda reminds me of the Lancer hatchback, too bad America will not get it

  7. So they won't bring it to America where GM has no other hatch in that size class, but they'll bring it to Europe to compete with GM's own Opel Astra?

  8. Mirko, while your thinking is sound, there is continuous brand canabalism going on in Europe. VW group who are as you all know massive, own obviously VW, but also Audi, Skoda, Seat to name the major brands. in these marques they obviously have sgnature cars that represent the values of their brnad names BUT there are also identikit models with just a different badge. The same reason that no sane person would or shoudl ever purchase a base model A3 when the Golf is so much better and cheaper.
    GM does the same with Opel and Vauxhall althoguh this isnt really the same as one is mainland Europe the other UK, but they do have dealerships in either

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