Mike Stevens | Nov 26, 2010

Development of the upcoming Holden Cruze Hatchback continues apace, as our new photos of a camouflaged left-hand-drive test car reveal.

While production of the local Cruze Hatchback will kick off at Holden's South Australian plant late next year, the Cruze is a global model, offered in most markets with a Chevrolet badge.

Importantly for Holden, the Cruze Hatchback concept revealed at the Paris Auto Show in September was designed and built here in Australia, further cementing the company's role as a major development centre for parent General Motors.

Although the camouflage of this test car has obscured all the parts readers will be keen to see, Holden's design boss Richard Ferlazzo admitted in September that much of what we saw with the concept's lines will make their way to the production model.

Despite its seemingly smaller shape, Holden says luggage capacity in the rear of the Cruze Hatchback is "close" to the 400 litre capacity of the Cruze sedan, and the rear seats feature a 60/40 split fold.

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