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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.


 

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Looks like it will be a good competitor. I wonder how much it will cost, and what will be standard and what will be optional.
 

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Depends on what it comes with. The Scion iM is great because of it's single trim with a lot of options. If the new Chevy Cruze doesn't have something similar then the cost of those additional options will bring up the price.
 

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And once again a competitor has turned out to be a pile of crap no matter how good it looked at the beginning.
 

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Saw one yesterday, looked descent enough
I agree that it looks okay but just like the Focus it has had a lot of issues and has been much less then reliable. Looks can be deceiving but the history of Ford, GM and Chrysler building small cars like Toyota and Honda has never been a long term positive result.
 

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Saw one yesterday, looked descent enough
I drove a new 2017 Chevy Bolt and 2018 GMC Terrain SLT last weekend. Bolt is an amazing car, if it wasn't Chevy on the inside. This is year 2017, but GM does not understand how to make a quality interior. Seats are too hard and uncomfortable, ergonomics of the interior just needs to be improved, plastic is screaming cheap. Otherwise, the car is a blast to drive, acceleration is on par with BMW M3. It handles rather rough, but very controlled. It is probably the best GM car I had driven to date. Current tax incentives make it worth considering ($10k off in Maryland). If only they made a GMC version with an upgraded interior. I can never understand the way of thinking of GM marketing department. They made Cadillac ELR that failed miserably, no one wanted a weak hybrid for $70k. Now they invested so much money and made a great electric car for a decent price, but failed to make it comfortable inside. Sigh.

2018 GMC Terrain is a sad disappointment. It is just a tiny bit better than its twin brother 2018 Equinox, but prices are really high for what it is. Handling is rather wobbly and plush, typical GM car. Knee room is way too narrow, I think it is unacceptable for a new SUV these days. Entertainment system is updated and looks good. I drove a diesel version, way way too weak and considering its premium price, economy-wise diesel engine will pay for itself after 6 years. So not worth it. Plastic inside is again screaming cheap, so cheap I felt ashamed. I know, GM made the car, but I felt ashamed.

I also sat inside their new Opel Insignia... Pardon, 2018 Buick Regal. First, the seating position feels like you are about to lie down, seriously. All these sporty low-roof designs are killing the comfort. What else? Again, with all that leather padding interior quality is terrible. Exterior looks wonderful though.

Since Chevy Cruze is an economy compact, I can only imagine how cheap it is inside. After seeing its pictures, I can already see where they saved money on plastic. No, I am not anti-GM at all. I just can't handle poor interior quality.
 

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Just curious how so? Do you have any personal experience on the car? It'll be interesting to know your personal experience
I wouldn't buy one with GM's track record for reliability. I have a neighbor with one, big mistake he said. It's been in the shop for many different issues with less then 20k miles on it. I also have a friend in the rental car business as I used to be and he laughs at the Cruze. Such a POS he says compared to many other small cars. The Cruze, Focus and Dart are all nightmares he said. Also look at CR and see the less then stellar record. It can look good but looks mean little if it's not reliable and isn't designed properly. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to do some research and see the record.
 

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I wouldn't buy one with GM's track record for reliability. I have a neighbor with one, big mistake he said. It's been in the shop for many different issues with less then 20k miles on it. I also have a friend in the rental car business as I used to be and he laughs at the Cruze. Such a POS he says compared to many other small cars. The Cruze, Focus and Dart are all nightmares he said. Also look at CR and see the less then stellar record. It can look good but looks mean little if it's not reliable and isn't designed properly. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to do some research and see the record.
I see. I've driven the older cruze, it was alright. I thought of getting the cruze hatch but the iM came in sooner and I needed something immediate at that time.
 

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I see. I've driven the older cruze, it was alright. I thought of getting the cruze hatch but the iM came in sooner and I needed something immediate at that time.
And you will be so much happier over the years that you bought the iM. :D

I'm always amazed that people don't do more research before buying a car. I guess that's a good thing for many of the cars that are pure crap being sold by various manufacturers.
 

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And you will be so much happier over the years that you bought the iM. :D

I'm always amazed that people don't do more research before buying a car. I guess that's a good thing for many of the cars that are pure crap being sold by various manufacturers.
Very happy with my iM - I drive 30k miles in a year. It is serving me well! With zero interest, can't go wrong with that.
 

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I just can't bring myself to buy a car brand that I don't trust in terms of quality, craftsmanship and/or styling - and American, European and Korean companies are all on that list for me for one reason or another. Honda is even on that list now, after buying/driving nothing but Honda/Acura cars from 1982 to 2015. I guess that I am a Toyota person now, and I am currently really enjoying my first one. The IM will likely be my second one in 2019 or 2020, if they don't ruin it with a bad refresh or redesign.
 

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I just can't bring myself to buy a car brand that I don't trust in terms of quality, craftsmanship and/or styling - and American, European and Korean companies are all on that list for me for one reason or another. Honda is even on that list now, after buying/driving nothing but Honda/Acura cars from 1982 to 2015. I guess that I am a Toyota person now, and I am currently really enjoying my first one. The IM will likely be my second one in 2019 or 2020, if they don't ruin it with a bad refresh or redesign.
What made you switch from Honda to Toyota?
 
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