One of the more interesting Scion iM competitors is slowly showing up:
The Chevy Cruze Hatchback is on its way to the U.S. and new spy photos show off the small car’s looks.
It appears as though the Cruze Hatchback’s face remains the same as the sedan, with looks heavily influenced by the redesign Malibu and Volt.
The hatchback version of the new Cruze will do battle with the Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra GT and VW Golf here in the U.S., though it has been sold in worldwide markets for sometime. Thanks to an all-new platform, the standard Cruze managed to cut about 250 pounds compared to the car it replaces.
Like the sedan, expect the hatch to be available with a small 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 150 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. A new generation of the 1.6-liter diesel is also expected to be available.
While still an estimate, Chevy expects the new Cruze to get at least 40 mpg on the highway.
The 2016 Chevy Cruze is expected to hit showrooms early next year, while the hatchback model will likely join the lineup sometime later in 2016 as a 2017 model.