Next-gen Chevy Cruze may get hatch, coupe variants
ETROIT -- What's in store for the Chevrolet Cruze redesign?
Though General Motors won't discuss timing, a redesigned Cruze is likely to arrive by late 2014 as a 2015 model. That's only four years after the Cruze's fall 2010 U.S. launch. The car first went on sale in Asia and other overseas markets in early 2009.
Sources say GM is likely to consider adding a body variant or two for the next-generation Cruze, including a hatchback and possibly a coupe. GM has confirmed plans to build a diesel Cruze, which is expected to reach the market in the second half of 2013. One person familiar with GM's plans says the company also is considering a Cruze plug-in hybrid.
The Cruze also is expected to feature the new face of Chevrolet, as seen on the 2014 Impala scheduled to arrive early next year.
The new front end eschews the split grille that has marked most Chevy cars for a decade in favor of a wider, flared-back grille that connects to the headlights.
Last week, GM said the Cruze will be built at the Lordstown, Ohio, plant that has built GM compacts going back to the Chevrolet Vega in 1970.
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