Holden commences local testing of Cruze hatch

Holden commences local testing of Cruze hatch

Holden’s much hyped and anticipated Cruze hatch has just entered its testing stage before the model is introduced later this year. In a statement Holden has announced the news and released two new photos of the upcoming five-door hatchback which was designed at Holden’s Port Melbourne studio.

General Motors previewed the Cruze hatch in Chevrolet form (for global markets) early last year and then the production model made its world premiere at this year’s Geneva Salon.

Holden is still to release full technical details on the Cruze hatch, but it’s very likely the hatchback’s engine range will mirror that of the Cruze II sedan. The model pictured in the official photographs is equipped with a diesel engine, possibly the same 2.0-litre turbo diesel currently offered in the update four-door Cruze.

Other engine choices could include a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol motor and a 1.8-litre naturally aspirated petrol unit. A hot hatch model is also in the cards with the ‘SS’ badge tipped to be used.

The new Holden Cruze hatch will be manufactured at GM’s Port Elizabeth plant in Adelaide, and will join the Cruze sedan in New Zealand in the last quarter of 2011.

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