Chevrolet Cruze  Hatch   Chevrolet Cruze Hatch

General Motors has released images of its Cruze that is set to make its debut as a hatchback in 2011, and which will officially be launched at the Paris Motor Show in late September.

The car will wear a Chevrolet badge at the event, although the design and construction is wholly Australian, hailing from Holden’s Port Melbourne facility.

GM currently sells a Korean-built sedan version of the Cruze under the Chevrolet Cruze, Holden Cruze or Daewoo Lacetti Premiere nomenclatures. Production of the Cruze hatch is expected to begin in 2011 to add to the small car market. It also becomes the first small car to be built in Australia since production of the Toyota Corolla stopped in the late 1990s.

The updated Cruze is expected to be equipped with an increasingly fuel-efficient 1.4-litre turbocharged engine.

The Cruze has been a phenomenal seller in Australia and has quickly earned its stripes as one of the most popular small cars in the new car market.

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