2012 Holden Cruze Hatchback Revealed

Mike Stevens | Feb 25, 2011

2012 HOLDEN CRUZE HATCHBACK

General Motors has opened the box on its Holden-designed and developed 2012 Cruze Hatchback, ahead of its Geneva unveiling next month.

As expected, the five-door Cruze closely matches the Cruze Hatchback concept shown in September last year, arriving in production form with almost identical styling.

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.

Local details have yet to be revealed, although it is likely that the five-door Cruze Hatchback will share its trim and engine options with the sedan.

The Cruze sedan is currently offered in Australia with a 105kW 1.8 litre petrol engine, and a 110kW 2.0 litre diesel engine.

Designed and built in Australia, the Cruze Hatchback will be marketed as a global model for GM - wearing the Chevrolet badge and face in most markets - with assembly for the Australian market to be carried out right here at home from late 2011, alongside the Cruze sedan.

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  • MotorMouth says,
    4 years ago
    It looks really nice, way better than a lot of the competition. I just wish Holden would adopt the Chevrolet front-end treatment, it looks way better.
  • Terri10 says,
    4 years ago
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    The hatch looks quite reasonable, but the b pillar forward still has that strong GM Korea (nee Daewoo) DNA.
    Remember that it was only the hatch section that had any Australian design input.

    I still think it is a pity we can't MANUFACTURE this here in Australia rather than just ASSEMBLE it from imported Korean and Chinese bits with a few local sheet metal stampings.
  • MattJelonek
    MattJ says,
    4 years ago
    With or without rear fog lights and one reverse light?
  • WheresBear says,
    4 years ago
    3 likes
    Judging by the high rate of breakdowns and quality issues they need to get their act together with the existing model before anything else.
    • MotorMouth says,
      4 years ago
      Really? I've not read one word suggesting Cruze is less than very reliable. What is your evidence to the contrary?
  • Steven Hambleton says,
    4 years ago
    Why do people buy sedans? They so less practical than a hatch.
  • WheresBear says,
    4 years ago
    Safety (crumple zone), space (longer vehicle), security (less chance of opportunistic smash & grabs) and often rear headroom. Might as well ask why doesn't everyone buy a wagon since they're more practical than both.
  • WheresBear says,
    4 years ago
    3 likes
    I've read plenty - my son works at a Brisbane dealership and they have a lot of warranty issues primarily on air conditioning, ignition and electrical generally. Theres been some suspension issues (premature wearing) and squeaky dashboards though the latter not that widespread. I personally know 2 people with these cars one of which has chronic flat battery issues (3 batteries in 7 months) and the other with air con AND ignition issues.

    The www.nge.com.au website is loaded with complaints too not to mention the forums. Its put me right off what appeared to be a good value car (for the price).
    • MotorMouth says,
      4 years ago
      Well, of course a service centre is going to see problems, that's why they exist. I wouldn't be surprised if the apparent frequency of issue isn't simply down to how many they sell - two to three times as many per month than Astra.
      The web address you gave is just an ISP, are you trying to drive traffic or something? Does wonders for your credibility.
  • WheresBear says,
    4 years ago
    3 likes
    sry should read www.notgoodenough.org
  • MotorMouth says,
    4 years ago
    Well, if you search that site, you get two pages of results for the Cruze. If you search for "BMW 3" you get 6 pages of results. You get two pages of results for Golf and three pages each for Astra, Corolla and Mazda3, so that tells me Cruze is no worse than other cars (oldest posts I saw were from 2008). Mind you, most complaints seem to be about dealers' responses, not the cars themselves (all brands). It is anything but conclusive. In fact, the only conclusion I can come to from looking at that site is that people like to have a whinge over nothing.
  • Anthony Mindel says,
    4 years ago
    Just like the Lancer,I find it strange how good looking compact sedans become HIDIOUS when turned inro a hatch...
  • 5valvepercylinder
    5 valve per cylinder says,
    4 years ago
    Since this hatch version won't be sold in America, reason it's wearing a Chevy badge is for the Asia-Pacific region where the famous bow tie emblem is mostly recognized.
    Frankly it's not "hideous" Holden did very well and "appropriate for this type and price".
  • Callous says,
    4 years ago
    "Wheresbear" and Terri10" are highlighting their ingorance in their posts. I have spoken to a few owners of these cars and they have had no problems with them at all and love the size and styling. Holden have another winner on their hands and picking on crap like the b-pillars shows that you have a distaste for the brand and can't be objective. P.S I am no holden fan but I know a successful formula and wil acknowledge any decent product. Some of you need to get past your petty biased. Anyone want to take bets on how it sells? Put your money where your mouth is!
    • Terri10 says,
      4 years ago
      2 likes
      Absolutely no ignorance on my part, perhaps if you should look at the lack of your own comprehension skills.

      "the b pillar forward still has that strong GM Korea (nee Daewoo) DNA." It does. It was designed by them and the front part of the car (ie that part forward of the b pillar - duh) it looks like it. The Ausralianstyled hatch section looks much better.

      And local MANUFACTURE as opposed to local ASSEMBLY would have been much better for our industry. The level of local content is a dissapointment, and the unions have told GM so.

      Callous says: "P.S I am no holden fan .." bah bah bah. History of your posts prove otherwise. We all know that you are one on the worst rabid one eyed GM fanboys.
  • Falcodore says,
    4 years ago
    2 likes
    To me the rear of the car doesn't gel with the front. The front is all squared off with sharp angles while the rear is rounded. Looks like 2 different cars welded together.
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