Ever since the Chevrolet Cruze made its debut, there has been a desire amongst Chevy enthusiasts for a high-performance version of the compact sedan. According to General Motors’ vice president of global design, his team is thinking of developing a performance Cruze sedan inspired by the WTCC racing version.
“A black exterior, butterscotch interior, a tidied-up treatment of the WTCC car’s wheel arches and air extractors in the hood” are on Welburn’s wish list, along with a “2.0 turbo motor.”
Welburn also said the Chevrolet is researching the possibility of selling the new 5-door Chevrolet Cruze hatchback in the United States. The model recently made its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
“Ford is selling hatchbacks,” he added. “We’ll see what they do.”
Refresher: The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze base LS model is powered by a 136-hp 1.8L 4-cylinder engine, while the Eco, LT and LTZ model get a 1.4L turbo 4-cylinder Ecotec engine making 138-hp and a maximum torque of 148 lb-ft. The 1.4L turbo models are expected to have a cruising range of more than 500 miles and the Cruze Eco is estimated to get an EPA fuel-economy rating of 40 mpg on the highway. All 2011 Cruze models are available with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. Prices start at $16,995 for the base model to $22,695 for the top-of-the-line model.
– By: Zain Haq
Source: Inside Line