GM working on high-performing Chevy Cruze, hatchback being considered for U.S.

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.

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“Ford is selling hatchbacks,” he added. “We’ll see what they do.”

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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