The five-door version of the latest generation Cruze compact has just been introduced during the North American International Auto Show and executives are already hinting possible new outcomes for the model.

According to a recent report, speaking on the sidelines of the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, GM North America Executive Vice President Alan Batey said it was highly likely the Cruze hatch would receive the high-performance treatment – we’re now seriously interested to see if the Chevy five-door would have what it takes to go after the Ford Focus RS (or at least the ST) or the Honda Civic Type R (or again, at least the Si). The executive backtracked a little from providing further details, but he did mention the model uses a global architecture and this means it could receive a wide array of engine choices, again reiterating the hot hatch is “absolutely” possible. Tipped to reach US showrooms sometimes later this year – most likely this fall – the Cruze Hatch comes with a sportier styling to begin with and has a very bold practical side thanks to the cargo compartment that can hold up to 47.2 cubic feet (1,336 liters) of luggage when the rear seats are not in use and folded.

The Cruze Hatch also comes pretty well equipped from the get go, looking to impress the younger audience with its MyLink infotainment system that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto usability. Other options bring leather seats, a heated steering wheel,projector-beam headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights and also a wide array of safety and assistance systems: Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Park Assist.

Via CarAdvice


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