By on June 22, 2015

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A hatchback version of the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze was shown to dealers at the brand’s national meeting in Vegas last week, with plans to sell it in North America.

The Cruze hatch — like the current model pictured above — is already available in a handful of countries, Automotive News reports, the lack of which in the U.S. is considered “a pre-bankruptcy planning mistake” per General Motors product boss Mark Reuss.

Though no date of arrival has been announced thus far, speculation points to sales beginning after the Q1 2016 introduction of the 2016 Cruze sedan, set to be revealed later this week. The hatch would do battle against the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra GT, and Volkswagen Golf.

Speaking of the sedan variant, below is the amazingly twee press release, written entirely in Emoji; GM says the secret decoder ring will come Tuesday afternoon for those unskilled in the texting language.

The Tweest Press Release Ever - 2016 Chevrolet Cruze

(Photo credit: Chevrolet)

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77 Comments on “2016 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Planned For US Market Arrival...”


  • avatar
    Veee8

    Fail – add AWD a higher ride height, call it a CUV and maybe, just maybe it will be considered by the sheeple.

    • 0 avatar
      Superdessucke

      Exactly what I was thinking. Raise it up, bolt in an AWD chassis, add it to the Crossover/SUV tab on the website and it’ll sell 80,000 copies. Leave it as is and it’ll sell about 800 copies.

      It would be a competitor to the Subaru XV Crosstrek, a rough riding jacked up Impreza which is mocked everywhere in the world but the U.S.

      • 0 avatar
        APaGttH

        The Delta 2XX “lifted” Cruze will be the new Equinox coming out.

        • 0 avatar
          Superdessucke

          Yea but given the nature of the CUV market now, even minor differentiations sell. This would be a cuter “coupe” style CUV due to the more swoopy back. The Equinox would be more of an upright wagon style.

      • 0 avatar
        Phil A. Ofish

        I think it looks pretty good for a compact. A clean understated look that won’t get dated too fast. But, yeah, make it a CUV or slap a GIANT suckerfish grill on the front to boost sales.
        I hope GM has the coolant leaks fixed in the next generation of Cruze.

    • 0 avatar
      jmiller417

      Ford does OK with the Focus hatch.

    • 0 avatar
      sportyaccordy

      Well, at least that brand of sheeple actually buys cars. B&B sheeple just pine for cars nobody wants and complains that manufacturers dont build cars they had no plans or means of buying in the first place. Every CUV that comes out is indicative of the lack of commitment and substance behind the cries of the whiny internet enthusiast

      • 0 avatar
        Veee8

        Oh I’m committed, to not buying one. And people’s opinions either for or ‘against’ should not be considered “whiny”…I appreciate all opinions of cars, being a loyal and passionate group (car owners) I expect it and embrace it!

  • avatar

    The body has some major hints of last gen Cobalt to it. That’s NOT a good thing.

    • 0 avatar
      statikboy

      I was thinking it had the unfinished rear end of the Chevy Optra.

      https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ae/Chevrolet_Optra5_%28Rear%29.JPG

      @ CoreyDL: Looks Daewoo to me, which it is.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      I see “hints” of the current Cruze, because that is what the picture is of.

      If they just showed it to dealers only, WHY would we be seeing it? We are not dealers invited to the presentation.

      Automakers frequently show new product to dealers long before its released to the public. Why would this time be any different?

    • 0 avatar
      jmiller417

      I doubt the Cruze hatch we get looks like that. That’s the current generation.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Ugh, what in hell x 2.

    That hatch is, I’m sorry, ugly. Looks too Kia for me. I’m fine with the Cruze sedan except for the black plastic triangle at the back door, and also think there should be a 2-door version of said.

    Second, are we sixteen years old, and must write in emoji? Nah, let’s be professionals who take our goods seriously.

  • avatar
    eggsalad

    Tell me how/why this is better than the equivalent Sonic HB.

    • 0 avatar
      Secret Hi5

      Cruze has bigger and better interior? Sonic interior is sub-par for its class. Also, sub-compacts’ cargo space is quite bad when the back seat isn’t folded down.

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      Sonic is a Gamma II B-segment car, and was released in 2010. It is a nice platform, has proven to be flexible, but it is dated. The biggest current sin of the Sonic is the 1.8L 4-banger base engine (you can do worse in the B-segment) and a dated interior. As others have noted, the Sonic is a nice space to occupy within the segment, the interior volume definitely appears as if one went through a wormhole, being much roomier than its outer appearance. Looks are of course subjective (I like the hatch in LTZ and RS trim, the sedan is barely acceptable in LTZ or RS trim, the rest is blech – wheel wells are too darn big and front headlights on the sedan in particular are cartoonish). The Cruze gets lofty in price at the high trim levels and no AWD available (you have to go Trax or Encore)

      Next Cruze is built on Delta 2XX and a C-segment car – interior is nicer Sonic vs. Cruze today, and one would suspect that the dated Cruze will get an even nicer interior. Delta 2XX is a new (significantly updated if you want to be pedantic) platform, so this goes beyond a reskin. We don’t know interior dimensions or cargo capacity compared to Sonic – it would be safe to speculate if the outgoing Cruze is a guide, front seat room will be more, rear seat room will be equal, cargo room in the hatch will be more by virtue of it being C-segment.

  • avatar
    RideHeight

    Puke.

    See thou, what CAFE hath to hatchbacks done. And the dipsh1t kidster market.

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      That’s not the hatch – that is the outgoing hatch built on the Delta II platform. Admittedly TTAC doesn’t make that very clear above.

      • 0 avatar
        RideHeight

        A newer version will be any less squashed in the back?

        • 0 avatar
          APaGttH

          You were at the dealer reveal?

          Please – share what you know.

          I’ve reached a point that I’ve reserved judgement on basically all modern cars on pictures alone. I’m finding for reasons I don’t understand cars that look horrific in pictures, look better in person.

          The spindle grille on the IS-350 is downright handsome in person, as one example. The Chrysler 200 doesn’t look anywhere near like the melted blob it appears to be in pictures when seen in person.

          And again, this is the picture of the old hatch, that was never sold in the US.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Wait, seriously, that’s the freaking press release?

    LMFAO, ORYLY WTF BRB

  • avatar
    Keith_93

    What is being sold overseas as a Chevrolet Cruz Wagon is actually a better looking hatchback than what they are calling a hatch.

  • avatar
    RideHeight

    If kids are all into ideograms for communicating they should learn Chinese. Maybe they are.

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    The car in the header pic is the outgoing Cruze hatch. We’re not getting that one. The next one is basically the same body shell as the gen2 Volt.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Well – when the pic of the real hatch is revealed (the above one is the current model that is outgoing) I’ll make my opinion.

    As a fan of all thing hatchback, more choice in the 3 door and 5 door market is nothing but goodness in my book.

    • 0 avatar
      tonycd

      I’m reading your book. More choice is better.

      • 0 avatar
        APaGttH

        Yup. We’re seeing this in a number of spaces.

        A rising tide lifted all boats in the midsize truck market. One could argue that Toyota and Nissan would keep soldiering along with their dated platforms had the Colorado coming announcement wasn’t made almost three years ago.

        I’d like to believe that it forced them to step up their game given that a viable competitor entered the arena.

        Regardless of what you think, everyone wins in the end.

        Right now the best 5-door hatch in the bang for the buck and feature category is probably the Kia Forte – given you can get it in top trim with a manual.

        I’m a fan of hatchbacks in general – but admittedly I’m a product of the tail end of the malaise era when there was a plethora of 3 door and 5 door hatches to choose from.

  • avatar
    Secret Hi5

    Another competitor: Mazda 3.

  • avatar
    Shinoda is my middle name

    Available in brown? 5MT?

    People will be lined up none-deep at the dealerships….

  • avatar
    FormerFF

    I had to look up what “twee” meant.

  • avatar

    Hey B&B, if any of you did actually attend the confab in Vegas this weekend, and would like to anonymously send us a few photos of the Cruze hatchback that isn’t the one I found on GM’s German media site, please send an email either to Mark at [email protected] and/or yours truly at [email protected] Thank you so much!

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    How about a brown Verano wagon with a 6 speed manual. Make it a diesel.

  • avatar
    Russycle

    The Cruze hatch is going up against the Honda Civic? Really? When did Honda decide to put a hatch back (Hatchback! Ha!) on the Civic?

    • 0 avatar
      derekson

      They announced several weeks ago that they are bringing the 5 door hatchback iteration of the next Civic to the U.S. It will be built in the plant in England and shipped over.

  • avatar
    derekson

    Isn’t it likely that the new Cruze hatch will look very similar to the second generation Volt? The overall styling of both cars seems to be similar from what we’ve seen of the new Cruze sedan, and the Volt is already a 5 door hatch.

  • avatar
    savant idiot

    Wow, they have actually made an uglier wagon thing than the Malibu Maxx. Chevy has a knack for ugly and poor quality in craptacular proportions. Can you imagine this “thing” on a used car lot in 5 years next to its intended competition, a Civic of some sort? I’ll take the Honda with 200k for the same price as this still under warranty…

    • 0 avatar
      SC5door

      Or you can wait until they actually reveal what the real car will look like, instead of the current version that isn’t even sold here. As noted by the European lights and license plate.

      But job well done on NOT reading the article.

      • 0 avatar
        savant idiot

        The pictured car can be described generously as “semi-functional blandness in a ’90’s Korean way”. The Max was an abomination based on the Malibu rental car fodder chassis. Coupled with the Chevy Uplander, Chevy Citation, and all of the other poorly engineered and questionably designed GM “competition” for their competitors, Japanese or otherwise, I feel justified in questioning the probable styling direction and general level of quality of this non-existent vehicle represented BY THIS PHOTO.
        Job well done NOT recognizing my zing at GM at calling out a Honda product as competition or recognizing in my tone that based on track record, we can expect a new version of an old song and dance…

        • 0 avatar
          alexndr333

          Your “zing” obviously didn’t come from the first half of your name. The Maxx was quite well-regarded by its owners – a very flexible cargo-hauler for a sedan. Your Citation reference also shows that you’ll reach back 30 years just to find a way to uphold your bashing of GM. I have to wonder if this is how you connect to something greater in your life – hating a big corporation. Go find something positive to engage with. Go volunteer at the local animal shelter. Go read to seniors. Get out of your parents’ basement and breath some fresh air from the natural world.

          • 0 avatar
            savant idiot

            You seem very unwilling to hear The Truth About Cars. Ironic, no?
            The Maxx was well regarded by rental fleet operators? Geriatric owners still conned by GM Halo Effect of the 50’s? Certainly not by enthusiasts or those that appreciate quality in design or execution. Please drive an Accord or Civic, climb back into the GM shitbox that’s in your driveway and try not to barf.
            As to the examples offered, I can fill all the gaps going back more than 30 years with GM overselling and under delivering while citing models by their supposed competition which exemplify my point. Please read the following TTAC entries regarding Terrains eating multiple transmissions before 100k. Twice so that it sinks in.

  • avatar
    SC5door

    “The hatch would do battle against the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra GT, and Volkswagen Golf.”

    But for now we get:

    Focus, Elantra GT, Forte 5, Golf, Mazda 3.

  • avatar
    baconpope

    A hunchback by any other name would still be a hunchback.

  • avatar
    Funky

    As a fan of hatchbacks, I am happy to see this added choice.

  • avatar
    sofast1

    Gimme a SS Cruze coupe or ‘vert! Enough with the 4 doors! Some of us don’t want a family sedan(or hatch)!

  • avatar
    TDIGuy

    Bring back the diesel engine and I’ll think about it once I see what the new one looks like.

  • avatar
    threeer

    I wrote Mark Reuss about a year ago while I was still assigned in Saudi Arabia asking him about the status of bring the Cruze wagon to production/sale in the U.S. I was (and still would be) very interested in an American-made (I’d hope) wagon. While he admitted to being a “fan” of wagons, I guess the business case just isn’t there. Not sure how well a Cruze hatch will do…

  • avatar

    Remember the twee Emoji press release from this post? The decoder ring is here. Finally:

    DETROIT — In two days at the Fillmore Theatre at 7 p.m., a new Cruze will be born and you are going to love it.

    The all-new 2016 Cruze blends innovative technology, striking design and impressive efficiency into one sporty ride. It’s the best new thing since sliced bread for stylish and socially connected people. A Chevrolet spokesperson said: “We had the idea that the new Cruze could change the world.”

    Design: Athletic build, stylish and good looking
    Technology: 7 connected devices with available 4G LTE Wi-Fi. Cool! First in its class to offer compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Bluetooth compatible. Touch screen. Speakers/music.
    Seating: Seats 5
    Fuel efficiency: The 2015 Cruze offers an EPA-estimated 35 mpg hwy. The 2016 Cruze is expected to offer better fuel economy, which is awesome. Look at how much time will pass before you need to fill up your tank again!
    Safety: 10 air bags. Comes with OnStar standard for 6 months.
    Available: Soon! Coming in Spring 2016.
    Available: Globally
    In conclusion, get ready to go places in your Cruze. It has the technology and fuel efficiency you need wrapped up in a fun ride. Prepare to fall in love.

    Follow #ChevyGoesEmoji to learn more and join the fun!

    Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at http://www.chevrolet.com.

    Annalisa Bluhm
    Cruze, Sonic & Spark EV
    Mobile 586-713-5907
    [email protected]

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    But will it make more than 138 horsepower?

    Given how porky cars are nowadays, I want at least 160 from a compact.


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