Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatch courtesy of GM.

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatch courtesy of GM.

General Motors will begin selling the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatch at dealers in the fall as a sportier variant of its next-generation 2016 Cruze sedan, the automaker announced.

The Cruze Hatch arrives with the 106.3-inch wheelbase of the sedan model with a modified roof and rear-end structure that includes wraparound tail lamps and an integrated spoiler at the top of the lift gate. The vehicle offers 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space that expands to 47.2 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down.

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

The Cruze is more than 200 pounds lighter than the previous-generation model due largely to a body structure that is 100 pounds lighter and an engine that's 44 pounds lighter.

The Cruze lineup in North America is offered in L, LS, LT and Premier trim levels, as well as an RS package with front and rear fascia, rocker panels, rear spoiler, fog lamps and 18-inch wheels on the Premier model.

The 2017 Cruze Hatch will be offered in LT and Premier trim grades, and with the RS package.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet