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Detroit LIVE: 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatch

by Ronan Glon

The Cruze Hatch will land in showrooms this fall.

This is the Chevrolet Cruze Hatch, as revealed Monday in Detroit.

While the Cruze Hatch was developed primarily for global markets, the Bowtie explains it decided to sell it on our shores because the small hatchback segment grew by nine percent last year. The Hatch is all but identical to the 2016 Cruze sedan that was introduced in Detroit last summer when it's viewed from the front, but its rear fascia gains horizontal tail lamps and a roof-mounted spoiler that gives it a sportier silhouette.

The Hatch ships with the latest generation of Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It offers 18.5 cubic feet of trunk space with five occupants on board, and 42 cubes with the rear seats folded flat.

Like the sedan, the Cruze Hatch is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that uses direct fuel-injection to deliver 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft. of torque. Front-wheel drive is the only configuration offered, but Chevrolet hasn't revealed what gearbox the hatchback will ship with. A standard start/stop system promises to keep fuel economy in check.

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatch is scheduled to go on sale in the fall of 2016. Buyers will be asked to choose from just two trim levels called LT and Premier, respectively, and a RS package (pictured) that includes fog lights and a full body kit will also be offered. Pricing information will be published in the weeks leading up to its on-sale date.

Live photos by Brian Williams.

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