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[Pictures] The 2017 Cruze Hatchback is your Family’s Dream Car

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Chevy announced on January 7th that the 2017 Cruze will be available as a hatchback

Say hello to 42-cubic feet of available storage space!
Photo: © General Motors

The Cruze is already Chevrolet’s best-selling vehicle around the world with more than 3.8 million cars sold since it first became available in 2008, and sales might grow even higher as Chevy has just announced the 2017 Cruze will be available as a hatchback model.

The 2017 Cruze hatchback will feature the identical 106.3-inch wheelbase as the sedan version, but the hatchback model will come with more cargo capacity. With the rear seats in the upward position, the 2017 Cruze hatch will offer 18.5-cubic feet of storage space; that number grows to 42-cubic feet with the back seats folded downward.

The 2017 Cruze hatchback will also come equipped with a distinctive rear-end and roof structure, as well as wraparound taillamps and an integrated spoiler lying on the liftgate. In addition, the 2017 Cruze will weigh 100 pounds less than last year’s model.

Photo Gallery: Check out the 2017 Cruze Hatch

The 2017 Cruze hatchback will be offered in LT and Premier trim levels. The new hatchback will also come standard with the same EcoTec turbo 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine as the sedan model. Furthermore, the Cruze hatchback will feature Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility via the Chevrolet MyLink system.

The LT model will sit on the same simple torsion beam rear suspension as the Cruze sedan and the higher-level Premier model will feature a Z-link rear suspension. Other notable features for the 2017 Cruze hatch include available 4G LTE with WiFi hotspot, side blind zone alert, rear park assist, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, available heated seats, and the teen driver system will be optional.

“With 9 percent market growth in small hatchbacks last year, it’s the perfect time to bring the Cruze Hatch to America,” said Alan Batey, president, General Motors North America and Global Chevrolet. “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.”

Before the hatchback’s unveiling on January 7th, it was previously thought the new Cruze model would make its debut at the upcoming North American International Auto Show.

Video: Watch the 2017 Cruze Hatchback Be Revealed