GM said consumer demand for small hatchbacks increased 9 percent in 2015.
"It's the perfect time to bring the Cruze hatch to America," said Alan Batey, Chevrolet global brand chief, in a statement.
Pricing was not announced.
The 2017 Cruze hatch will be offered only in the high-end Cruze LT and Premier trims and with the RS package, which adds sportier front and rear fascias, foglamps and 18-inch wheels.
The small hatchback bears a family resemblance to the 2016 Cruze sedan, but adds a unique roof and rear end, including wraparound taillights and an integrated rear spoiler at the top of the liftgate.
It is equipped with a standard 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with direct injection and fuel-saving stop-start technology.
Options include a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and projector-beam headlights.
Optional safety equipment includes lane keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, side blind-zone alert and rear park assist.
The Cruze hatch has 18.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seat.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers seeking a fresh new hatchback will have another good option next fall with the Cruze hatch. But there are plenty of excellent alternatives out there in the meantime.