2011 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- General Motors will unveil the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback production version at the upcoming 2011 Geneva Auto Show.
- The new five-door model goes on sale across Europe in mid-2011, but pricing and specifications have not been confirmed.
- A Chevrolet spokesperson told Edmunds.com on Tuesday that the Cruze hatchback has not been approved for the U.S., but wouldn't rule out the possibility of the car coming here.
GENEVA — General Motors will unveil the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback production model at the upcoming 2011 Geneva Auto Show, but it still has no solid plans to bring this version to the U.S. market.
"It's not slated to come to the U.S.," said Chevrolet spokesperson Lesley Hettinger in a phone conversation with Edmunds.com on Tuesday. "It's a maybe. The beauty of a global vehicle is that we can make adjustments fast. So that's not to say it won't ever come here."
The Cruze hatchback is a virtual clone of the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback concept that debuted last September at the 2010 Paris Auto Show.
The new model is critical to Chevy's success in the European compact segment, where hatchbacks account for two-thirds of sales. Since spring 2009, Chevrolet has sold 500,000 Cruze vehicles globally. The Cruze launched in the U.S. last September, with the Cruze Eco model hitting the market in December.
GM said the Cruze hatchback will be offered with a "new range of engines," but only specified one unit, the 161-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine also found in the Chevrolet Orlando. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The Orlando is a seven-passenger MPV based on the Cruze. GM said last year that it will not sell the Orlando in the U.S.
GM said pricing and specifications on the Cruze hatchback will be announced later.
The concept version of the Cruze hatchback featured 60/40 split rear seating and cargo capacity of nearly 14.3 cubic feet.
The Cruze is now on sale in more than 70 countries and most major geographic regions, including Russia, China, India and Latin America.
Edmunds.com says: No definitive plans to sell the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback in the U.S. at this point. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent