At the 2010 Paris Auto Show back last September Chevrolet rolled out a hatchback variant of the Cruze, which despite being called a concept was always destined for sale in Europe and the Asia-Pacific later this year and already looked production ready. Today, less than a week out from its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the production version of the new Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback has finally been revealed.

The car has been 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.

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: mostly the same engines and transmissions will power it, and the same features and options will be available. However, there is one new addition, a 163 horsepower turbodiesel.

First sales in Europe are scheduled to start this summer and sadly, there’s still no word if the car will ever be sold here.

The 2011 Geneva Motor Show kicks off on March 1. In the meantime, follow our complete coverage of the event by clicking here.


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