HOLDEN CRUZE HATCHBACK
Its coming has been known for as long as its sedan sibling has existed in Australia, but at last the covers have come off: this is the 2012 Holden Cruze Hatchback - albeit, in showcar form and wearing its international Chevrolet front-end.
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.
The Cruze sedan is expected to switch to local production in the first quarter of next year.
While the Cruze Hatchback pictured here is a showcar only, Holden's design boss Richard Ferlazzo said today that it is a precursor to a production model, designed over 12 months alongside GM designers from around the world.
"Our brief was to create an alternative body style to the traditional sedan that retained the same dynamic proportions that has made Cruze such a success around the world,” Mr Ferlazzo said.
“We are very proud of the result which will be tailored further for the Australian market and given an appearance consistent with the rest of the Holden portfolio next year.”
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.
Holden and Chevrolet have released little else at this stage, although the full details of this Cruze Hatchback showcar will likely be revealed at this month's Paris Auto Show.