Despite being revealed in its almost production form last week at CES, the tiny Chevrolet Bolt EV is being considered one of the most significant vehicles at this year’s North American International Auto Show.
A city car isn’t usually a machine that will create big buzz at a major auto show, but the Bolt is something special. Beyond the fact that it is cute as a button, the Bolt boasts seating for five, despite its small footprint. More importantly, Bolt promises a range of about 320 km on a full charge, an unheard of number for pretty much any electric vehicle, with the exception of the ultra expensive Tesla. Even more impressive, it is said that the Bolt will have a 145 km range on just a half hour charge with an optional quick charger.
While an electric city car still isn’t for everyone, the promised performance of the Chevy Bolt, coupled with a value price, it is safe to say that Chevrolet dealers will sell every one they can get their hands on.
Sitting next to the Bolt on the stand is the new hatchback version of the Chevrolet Cruze, which was developed in response to the global market’s appetite for hatchbacks. While hatchbacks have historically sold well in Canada, the same can’t be said for the format south of the border. For some reason, Americans just don’t like hatches. The car looks pretty cool, arguably a bit more sexy looking than the sedan, so it will be interesting to see how the market responds.
Chevrolet press release
Ahead of its debut at the North American International Auto Show, Chevrolet today introduced the 2017 Cruze Hatchback. Developed with all the technologies and dynamic driving attributes of the all-new 2016 Cruze sedan, the new hatch adds a functional and sporty choice for customers. It joins Colorado and Trax as the latest Chevrolets to push into new segments.
The Cruze Hatch has the same, class-leading 2,700 millimetre (106.3-inch) wheelbase as sedan models, but features a unique roof and rear-end structure – including wraparound taillamps and an integrated spoiler at the top of the liftgate. It opens to offer 643 litres (22.7 cubic feet) of cargo space behind the rear seat. With the rear seat folded, cargo space expands to 1,336 litres (47.2 cubic feet).
“The 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,” said Alan Batey, president, General Motors North America and Global Chevrolet. “This the perfect time to bring the Cruze Hatch to North America.”
About the New Cruze
An all-new, more rigid and lighter architecture is the Cruze’s foundation for driving dynamism, while also playing a significant role in safety and efficiency. It is 91 kilograms (200 pounds) lighter than the previous-generation model due largely to a body structure that is 45 kilograms (100 lbs) lighter and an engine that’s 20 kilograms (44 pounds) lighter.
The Cruze lineup in North America is offered in L, LS, LT and Premier – and a more expressive RS package, featuring unique front and rear fascias, rocker panels, rear spoiler, fog lamps and – on the Premier model – 18-inch wheels.
The 2017 Cruze Hatch will be offered in LT and Premier trims, and with the RS package.
Segment-exclusive standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility via the MyLink radio systems and available 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot
More standard safety features than any other compact car – including Corolla and Civic – with available adaptive features including Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Park Assist
Available Teen Driver feature helps support safe driving habits and offers driving statistics for parents
Standard 1.4L turbo engine with direct injection and Stop/Start technologies, electric power steering and, on Premier models, a Z-link rear suspension
Interior with midsize-level roominess, including two inches greater rear legroom than Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra
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.
Cruze is Chevrolet’s best-selling car around the world, with 3.5 million sold since it went on sale in 2008
In Canada, the Cruze commanded 9.1% of the compact car segment in 2015
Over 40 percent of Cruze customers in Canada are new to Chevrolet
Cruze owners have been the most loyal in the segment with 47% purchasing another Cruze, and almost 70% purchasing another Chevrolet. Number one in the segment, better than Civic, Corolla, and Focus.