Today Chevrolet announced the upcoming hatchback version of their 2017 Cruze compact sedan will wear a starting price of $22,190. The base MSRP, which includes an $875 destination charge, proves to be a significant jump from the sedan’s base price of $17,495. However, it isn’t quite the price hike that meets the eye.
Chevrolet offers the Cruze sedan in L, LS, LT and Premier trim levels. The Cruze Hatch will only be offered in the mid-range LT and high-end Premier trim levels. As with the sedan, hatch buyers will also be able to opt for the sporty RS package, which includes things such as a body kit, fog lamps and 18-inch wheels. The LT sedan starts at $20,690 when equipped with a manual transmission. It is unclear if Chevy will offer the manual gearbox in the hatch version. Like the sedan, the transmission is mated to a 1.4-liter turbo with 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque.
Nonetheless, buyers are still apparently paying a bit of a premium for the extra cargo space in the hatchback. The Cruze Hatch offers 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are folded flat. And of course the hatch offers 4G LTE WiFi, wireless phone charging and a host of other tech features found on most GM products today.
The Cruze Hatch will go on sale this fall. We’re still holding out hope for a diesel version of the hatch and a ‘hot hatch’ version of what is arguably the best-looking version of the Cruze.