Photos hint at sleek look for next Chevy Cruze

This prototype has a sleeker silhouette than the Chevy Cruze now on the road.

DETROIT -- The next-generation Chevrolet Cruze will get a more swept-back silhouette and sleeker headlights and taillights, based on recent spy photos.

General Motors is expected to introduce a U.S. redesign of its global compact in the second half of next year. The redesign is likely to be introduced in several of the other 119 countries in which the Cruze is sold before making it to the United States.

Photos taken during snow testing show a bolder, deeper version of Chevy's traditional twin-port grille. The front end is more rounded and aerodynamic-looking than the current car, and the raked windshield gives it a coupelike profile.

The double squared-off taillamps show hints of the Malibu and even a little resemblance to the Corvette.

GM is expected to add a hatchback model sometime after the redesigned sedan arrives. GM product chief Mark Reuss recently called the omission of a hatch for the current-generation Cruze "a prebankruptcy planning mistake."

The Cruze will be among the first cars built on GM's new, more-versatile global compact platform, which also will underpin the Opel Astra, Buick Verano and Chevrolet Equinox.

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