The 2017 Bolt is certainly Chevy’s most important model in Detroit, but the company with the bowtie emblem also has the Cruze Hatchback to show off which is why our staff is on location.
The 2017 Bolt is Chevy’s most important model in Detroit, but the company with the bowtie emblem also has the Cruze Hatchback to show off which is why our staff is on location.
Joining the sedan revealed last year, Chevy’s new iteration of the five-door hatchback is being featured in Detroit with the appealing RS package. However, it’s all show without the extra go as the compact hatch has the same turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine rated at 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. Buyers will be able to choose between a six-speed manual and an optional six-speed automatic.
It shares the same 270 centimetre (106.3-inch) wheelbase with the sedan, but with a redesigned rear end providing a trunk capacity of 524 liters (18.5 cubic feet) with the rear seats in place. Should you need more room to haul cargo, fold down the rear bench and the available capacity jumps to 1,189 liters (42 cubic feet).
Chevy plans on selling it only in LT and Premier trim levels, along with the RS package. There’s no word about fuel economy, but it should be in the same ballpark as the sedan’s estimated 5.6 L/100km (40 MPG) on the highway.
Currently on display at the Detroit Auto Show, the 2017 Cruze Hatchback is expected to go on sale this fall, with pricing to be announced closer to the model’s launch.