The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback with a standard 1.4L turbo engine is already on sale in North America and brings with it the promise of delivering greater efficiency, performance and safety with fresh and distinctive styling.

Being offered in L, LS, LT and Premier trims the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback has been built with a more rigid, yet lighter architecture. The car is more than 200 pounds (91 kg) lighter than the previous-generation model and this is largely due to its body structure that is 100 pounds lighter and an engine that’s 44 pounds (20 kg) lighter. Those who fancy much more on their cars and have a bit extra to spare can go for the expensive RS package that brings with it unique front and rear fascias, rocker panels, rear spoiler, fog lamps and – on the Premier model – 18-inch wheels.

Starting at $22,190, the all-new 2017 Cruze Hatchback shares the Ecotec 1.4L turbo and dynamic driving experience of the sedan, while offering increased cargo space of up to 47.2 cubic feet (1,189 L). Cruze Hatchback claims to share the title of the most connected car on road with its Sedan sibling and comes packed with segment-exclusive technologies such as 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot, Teen Driver and wireless charging. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility make the most of Cruze’s connectivity with a smartphone.

“With 9 percent market growth in small hatchbacks last year, it’s the perfect time to bring the Cruze Hatch to America,” Alan Batey, president, General Motors North America and Global Chevrolet, said when launching the car in the US. “As Cruze continues to set the tone for Chevrolet globally, it articulates the brand promise of offering cars with the latest technologies, more features and greater efficiency, performance and safety with fresh, distinctive styling.”

Some of the other key features of the Cruze Hatchback are more standard safety features than any other compact car in the market along with available adaptive features including Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Park Assist. Then there is the available Teen Driver feature helps support safe driving habits and offers driving statistics for parents.

The car also features Stop/Start technologies, electric power steering and, on Premier models, a Z-link rear suspension. The interiors are quite roomy including two inches greater rear legroom than Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra. Some of the other available features include a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, Athens leather-appointed seating surfaces, true French seams and halogen projector-beam headlamps with LED signature lighting.

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Lawrence John is a senior editor at TopExaminer. He has worked in the retail industry for more than 8 years. He loves to write detailed product reviews.

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