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Spy Shots: 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

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At the 2010 Paris Auto Show back in September Chevrolet rolled out a hatchback variant of the Cruze, which despite being called a concept is due for sale in Europe and the Asia-Pacific next year. The car is being engineered primarily by GM’s Holden division in Australia but unlike the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac G8, which were also honed Down Under, the new Cruze Hatchback won’t be sold in the U.S. anytime soon.  

We now have the first spy shots of an actual prototype for the new Cruze Hatchback, revealing a design almost identical to the concept car we saw back in Paris.  

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.

Production of the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback will start in the first half of next year with sales in select markets scheduled to start shortly after. For the U.S. market, the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan will have to suffice for now. 

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  1. It's a shame it won't be sold here in the USA. It's a nice looking vehicle. It would probably take a lot of market away from the Mazda 3 wagon. I much prefer a hatch/wagon to a sedan... much more utilitarian. I've loved my 2004 PT Cruiser to over 200,000 miles, and I still love it! If the Cruze hatchback were to be sold here, I'd most certainly consider it when it comes time to replace the PT.
     
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  2. Should bring it to America, more hatches and wagons are showing up now, so might work out, how about a Cruze hatch SS?
     
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  3. That thing needs to ride the wave of GM's pipeline about to be unleashed in America for the next 2 years. A Caddy based on an upgraded G-8 GTO frame, a G-8 with a Chevy badge. Fuel efficient and affordable vehicles that lead the market in efficiency/price/quality! GM is about to come full circle and this vehicle belongs here!
     
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