As Australia’s own small car, the Cruze hatch has been designed at Holden’s Port Melbourne design studio, is built in South Australia and has undergone extensive local engineering for Australian driving conditions and tastes.
Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mike Devereux said that Holden’s world-class expertise in design, engineering and manufacturing has delivered a Cruze hatch that is not only ideally suited to Australian customers and conditions, but one that also appeals to a truly global audience.
Cruze hatch has already launched to critical acclaim in the UK and Korea (where it wears a Chevrolet badge), and is destined to be sold in more than 60 countries.
“Cruze sedan is already a huge success in Australia, establishing itself as one of the top five selling cars in the market in just two years. With the addition of the new Cruze hatch we can now offer small car buyers a stylish and sporty home-grown alternative,” Mr Devereux said.
“The launch of this car today showcases Holden’s ability to design, engineer and build a car that is world-class and a genuine global player for General Motors.”
Extensive Australian testing and evaluation covered more than 140,000km and saw a number of key Australian engineering modifications made. Many of these engineering changes have now been adopted globally on both Cruze hatch and sedan.
Cruze hatch is available with a choice of three engines, three transmissions and four trim levels, meaning customers have a range of Cruze options to suit their particular wants and needs.
As part of Holden’s ongoing aim to provide great value for money and choice, the Cruze hatch is priced to match the Cruze sedan and shares the same high level of standard features and equipment.
Sporty Design and High Level of Standard Features
The design process was led by Holden’s Port Melbourne Design Studio. The brief was simple, but challenging: create a car that delivers a sporty and youthful look with a practical rear load space that was recognisable as an integrated member of the Cruze family.
It’s striking coupe-like profile accentuated by the low roof, short front and rear overhangs, rising belt line, and sculpted rear hatch topped with an integrated spoiler provide the Cruze hatch with a particularly athletic aesthetic.
The design of the front and rear fascia treatments emphasise the car’s wide, solid stance and contribute to its sharp and muscular presence.
Inside, the new Cruze hatch shares the sedan’s dual cockpit design with quality finishes, soft-touch components and an integrated centre stack that flows seamlessly into the centre console.
Holden’s designers have worked hard to produce a five-door hatch that is both stylish and practical with clever design delivering a rear load space that offers a 413 litre capacity from its well-finished luggage space. This expands to a large 1254 litre capacity when the standard 60/40 split rear seat backs are folded flat.
With the no-cost option full-size steel spare fitted, cargo volume is still a very competitive 325 litres, with multiple storage compartments built under the boot floor to provide nine litres of handy cargo space.
As with all Holdens, the new Cruze hatch is very well equipped for comfort and convenience with standard features across the range including:
- Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free mobile phone use from compatible devices
- Voice recognition for certain Bluetooth functions including dial, redial, save and add-voice tags
- Air conditioning
- Cruise control
- Trip computer
- Front and rear power windows
- Six-way adjustable driver and front passenger seats
- Automatic lights with programmable “follow-me home” headlight functionality and remote keyless entry
- Steering wheel-mounted remote audio and cruise controls
- Advanced six-speaker multimedia audio system with AM/FM radio, in-dash MP3 compatible CD player, and USB input with iPod compatibility to enable complete control of the device through the audio system controls.
- Cruze hatch CD models feature stylish 16-inch wheel covers
- Ice blue dash illumination
The mid-range CDX model gains:
- 17-inch alloy wheels (four)
- Front fog lamps
- Leather appointed seats, steering wheel and gearshift
- Rear park assist
- Three-setting heated front seats
- Exterior chrome headlights
Cruze hatch SRi adds an injection of sports DNA with additional features over the CD model:
- Sports body kit comprising unique front and rear fascias and side skirts
- Rear lip spoiler
- Front fog lamps
- Leather wrap steering wheel and gear shifter
- Chrome grille header and chrome insert door handles
- Five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels (four)
- Seats with Sportec bolsters are available in a choice of Jet Black or Sonic Blue fabric depending on the exterior colour continue the sports theme
The top of the range SRi-V model combines all the sports features of the SRi and adds a sense of luxury with the addition of:
- Leather appointed seats that include a three-setting heating function for the driver and front passenger
- Passive entry and start with sensor key technology (keyless entry and push button start and stop)
- Rear park assist
- Large 7-inch full colour screen now adds touch-screen functionality to control the integrated satellite navigation and premium six-speaker DVD/CD audio system. This audio system not only offers MP3 and iPod compatibility via a USB connection but with a 10GB hard drive also enables storage of CDs and MP3s and the ability to pause live radio
- Voice recognition that allows voice control over certain radio, audio system and navigation functions including selecting radio stations, audio tracks, navigation settings and preset destinations.
Powerful and Economical Powertrains and Agile Dynamics
The new Holden Cruze hatch offers a choice of three powerful yet economical engines that offer the same level of refined performance and fuel efficiency as the Series II Cruze sedan range.
The Holden Cruze engineering team have ensured the CD and CDX hatch models maintain the same economical fuel consumption as the equivalent Series II Cruze sedan models. This has been achieved in part thanks to the sleek aerodynamic shape of the hatch and through a number of minor adjustments and modifications to mechanical components.
At the top of the range, the SRi and SRi-V Cruze hatch feature Holden’s latest generation, direct-injection turbocharged Ecoline 1.4 litre iTi (intelligent Turbo induction) engine that generates 103kW of power and a healthy 200Nm of torque over a wide rev range.
Despite offering the performance of a larger displacement engine, the 1.4 litre iTi returns 6.4 litres per 100 kilometres when paired with the six-speed manual transmission (CD model) and 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres when mated to the optional six-speed Active Select automatic transmission (CD model).
The mid-range CDX model offers a choice of a 1.8 litre ECOTEC petrol or Ecoline 2.0 litre turbo diesel engines, with the petrol engine developing 104kW of power and 176Nm of torque. Mated to the standard five-speed manual transmission, this engine delivers a fuel economy of 7.0 litres per 100 kilometres or just 7.4 litres per 100 kilometres when combined with the optional six-speed Active Select automatic transmission.
As the most fuel-efficient car built in Australia, the 2.0-litre diesel manual Cruze hatch offers a superb combination of economy and performance with maximum outputs of 120kW and 360Nm and a fuel consumption figure of just 5.6-litre per 100km with the standard six-speed manual gearbox and 6.7-litres when mated to the optional six-speed Active Select automatic transmission.
Buyers of the entry-level CD model are offered even greater choice with all three engines available with their respective standard and optional transmissions.
Like the Cruze sedan, its agile dynamic characteristics are ensured with a MacPherson strut front and Compound Crank Axle rear suspension for 1.8 litre petrol and 2.0 litre diesel models while the sportier 1.4 litre turbo uses a performance-tuned Watts Link rear suspension and electric power steering to provide enhanced sporting attitude and agility.
While the new Cruze hatch is a stylish, sporty, practical and refined small car, Holden has ensured it also offers the highest degree of safety, with a five-star ANCAP occupant protection rating across the range.
With a particularly stiff and strong body shell, the safety performance of the car is enhanced by a long list of standard features across the range, including six airbags (driver and front passenger front and side and full-length side curtain), Electronic Stability Control incorporating anti-lock braking system, brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution and traction control.
All five seating positions feature adjustable head restraints and three-point seatbelts with the front seatbelts offering sash height adjustment and pretensioners with load limiters. To help reduce driver leg injuries in a crash, Cruze also features a collapsible pedal release system.
Designed and engineered for Australian conditions, the hatch joins Cruze sedan and local and export Commodore variants on the general assembly line at Holden Vehicle Operations in Elizabeth, South Australia.
Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mike Devereux, said the new addition to the locally-made portfolio highlighted the flexibility of the Holden plant and workforce.
“It’s a challenging time for manufacturing, but Holden is one of the most flexible automotive manufacturing operations in the world and we’re incredibly proud of our capability,” he said.
“With Cruze hatch models going into production this month we’re now building 51 models across the global small car and Commodore short and long wheel base architectures, all on the same line.
“As global economic conditions changed we set ourselves a very clear goal to be profitable first and foremost on our domestic business. This means building in Australia the large and small cars that Australians really want to drive.
“This strategy is clearly paying off. Cruze has been a great success in the market and our locally-made vehicles account for nearly 60 per cent of Holden’s new car sales this year.”
Cruze Program Engineering Manager, Peter Siablis, who was present for the start of production this week, said the hatch had been specifically engineered for Australian driving styles and road conditions.
“We clocked up a further 140,000 kilometres testing the new Cruze hatch on local roads which helped us develop a number of enhancements for the hatch which we’ve also applied to the model year 2012 Cruze sedan,” he said.
“When customers get behind the wheel next month we think they’ll feel the suspension changes we’ve made which improve steering response, ride quality and add a sense of refinement to the overall driving experience.”
Cruze hatch line-up and pricing mirrors Cruze sedan, with two petrol engine choices including the 1.4iTi and 1.8 litre, as well as a 2.0 litre diesel. Cruze hatch will be launched on South Australian roads on 8 November.
The Cruze localisation program received co-investment from the Federal Government’s Green Car Innovation Fund and the South Australian Government.
Launching in November, the Australian designed and built Cruze hatch maintains the high safety standards set by the Series II Cruze sedan which went on sale earlier this year.
Like the sedan, hatch receives the maximum safety rating thanks to standard fitment of a comprehensive range of high-technology active and passive safety features.
Six airbags including driver and front passenger, front side impact and side curtain airbags, electronic stability control, anti-lock braking system, electronic brakeforce distribution, traction control and a collapsible pedal assembly system all come standard.
The entire Cruze range also benefits from a robust body structure and a technically advanced chassis system which delivers enhanced accident avoidance capabilities.
Energy-absorbing load paths protect the passenger safety cell and offer optimum protection in the event of a collision.
GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mike Devereux said Holden had always been very confident in the real world safety capabilities of Cruze.
“We knew we were building an extremely safe car but it’s great to get this third party recognition,” Mr Devereux said.
“The high level of safety features is just one of the many reasons Cruze has been so well received in this country, making it Australia’s third best selling passenger car in 2011* with just one body style.
“With stunning Cruze hatch styling, a high level of standard features and now this safety stamp of approval, we believe we’re on to a real winner.
“We can’t wait to get the hatch version into our showrooms next month and into customer’s hands.”
*Year to date VFACTs figures as at August 2011
Displayed in stunning show form, the Cruze hatch show car premiered at last year’s Paris Motor Show and serves as a precursor to the production model which will be built in South Australia.
Designed and crafted by Holden’s Port Melbourne design studio, the Cruze hatch will join the successful Series II Cruze sedan line-up, which has rocketed up the sales charts since local production began in March this year.
Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mike Devereux said the introduction of the stylish Australian-born hatch would bolster the Cruze line-up.
“Cruze has been a stand-out success, from the moment it launched it quickly became one of the country’s favourite nameplates,” he said.
“We achieved this sales success with only one body style, so we’re looking forward to adding this great looking hatch to the range and seeing Cruze go from strength to strength. We think the hatch will hit a sweet spot with buyers looking for great design, versatility and practicality.
“We’re very proud of the finished product, our contribution to the global design program and that our Cruze hatch will be rolling off the Elizabeth assembly line and into dealerships later this year.
“Importantly Cruze hatch represents yet another step in the Holden product renaissance, which is giving people more and more reasons to consider the lion badge.”
Locally Designed and Built
The Cruze hatch show car has been adapted to reflect Holden’s design DNA with an almost coupe like appearance with a low sweeping roofline and rising belt line.
Featuring the same dynamic proportions that have seen the Cruze sedan win favour around the world, the hatch stands out for its short front and rear overhangs and wide stance, helping it appear planted and secure on the road.
Holden designer Martin Love, a key player in the hatch program, said Cruze hatch design had to appeal to a broad range of customers to compete in the booming small car market.
“The customer base for a compact hatch is perhaps the most diverse imaginable,” Mr Love said.
“A vehicle in this segment needs to appeal to families through to empty nesters, as well as young, urban professionals.”
“When we designed the hatch, we needed it to be eye-catching and youthful yet sophisticated, and still provide practicality, features and comfort families need.
“We wanted to do something sporty and dynamic that would stand out against conventional hatch backs and we’re really proud of the result.”
The Cruze hatch has already made its sales debut under the Chevrolet banner in several markets including the United Kingdom and Korea.
Meanwhile, Holden is conducting its final pre-launch evaluation of Cruze hatch on Australian public roads and at the company’s Proving Ground in Lang Lang, Victoria.
Pricing, full specifications and features of the full Cruze hatch range will be announced closer to launch later this year.
The next three new models in Holden’s product renaissance will be unveiled today at the Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne.
From the smallest to the largest vehicles in its portfolio, Holden is completely revitalising its line-up showing the all-new Barina, the high-anticipated Cruze hatch and the imposing Colorado 4×4 for the first time in Australia.
Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mike Devereux announced the product renewal last year with Barina Spark the first of 10 new models on the way across every major segment.
“This year we’ve already launched the new Australian-made Series II Cruze sedan which has helped rejuvenate the local auto industry and Series II Captiva 5 and Captiva 7 which are important models in the popular SUV segment,” he said.
Mr Devereux said Holden was looking forward to its next launch with the new generation Barina hitting the popular light-car segment in the coming months.
“Barina is one of Holden’s most important nameplates and it will be a serious competitor in the light car segment. The new global design was led by a Holden designer on international assignment and highlights the depth of automotive design talent in Australia.
“This is a real source of pride for Holden – we’re one of only seven operations in the GM world with the design, engineering and manufacturing capability that we have. The Holden team is working on a huge range of projects here and around the world on every kind of design and engineering assignment imaginable.”
The new Cruze hatch was also designed by Holden, with the showcar hand built by the design team in Port Melbourne and production version set to roll off the assembly line in South Australia later this year.
“We can’t wait for Cruze hatch to go on sale. Cruze made it to number one in the small car segment last month with only one body-style, so we can’t wait to see how customers in a hatch market like Australia respond to the car,” he said.
Mr Devereux said the new Colorado models would also see Holden challenging traditional light commercial vehicle leaders next year.
“The Colorado show car is the biggest and brightest star on the Holden stage this year. Again, it showcases the Holden design talent and is more than a hint of what LCV customers can expect when it goes on sale next year.
“The next generation Colorado will be an important player in light commercial/pickup 4×4 segment which is up 11 per cent this year.”
Mr Devereux said together Barina, Cruze hatch and Colorado would help drive sales growth in three important categories.
“Commodore continues to dominate Australian large car sales but we have to keep innovating to keep Australia’s favourite car on top and relevant to consumers.
“We’ll be adding to the Ecoline model range, extending E85 flex-fuel capability to the popular 3.6 litre SIDI V6 engine and launching a new dedicated LPG Commodore range to take advantage of the CO2 benefits of the locally-abundant fuel.
“But Holden is a lot more than one carline – we have to be a serious threat to the competition in light cars, small cars, SUVs and LCVs – and we think with these new generation products we will be.
“All of the vehicles unveiled at the Show highlight that we don’t just sell cars in Australia, we invest hundreds of millions of dollars a year in our operations and people to make Holden one of the most important design and engineering centres in the GM world.
“Further into 2012 Australia will see more game changing and segment leading models like the extended range electric Holden Volt, an all-new mid-size Holden Malibu and other exciting vehicles we’re not quite ready to talk about yet,” Mr Devereux.
A range of other current Holden models will also be on show in Melbourne:
- Spark CDX, 1.2 litre petrol
- Commodore Berlina International sedan and Sportwagon, 3.0 litre SIDI V6 (flex-fuel)
- SS-V Redline sedan, 6.0 litre AFM V8 (flex-fuel)
- Calais sedan, 3.6 litre SIDI V6
- Calais V Sportwagon, 6.0 litre AFM V8 litre (flex-fuel)
- SV6 sedan, 3.6 litre SIDI V6
- Thunder Ute SS, 6.0 litre V8 (flex-fuel)
- Caprice V, 6.0 litre V8 (flex-fuel)
- Cruze CD, 1.8 litre petrol
- Cruze CDX, 2.0 litre diesel
- Cruze SRi-V, 1.4iTi turbo petrol
- Captiva 5 AWD 2.4 litre petrol
- Captiva 7 LX AWD, 2.2 litre diesel
- Captiva 7 SX AWD, 2.4 litre petrol
- Barina 5 door hatch, 1.6 litre petrol
- Colorado LT-R 4×4 crew cab, 3.0 litre diesel
The Australian International Motor Show runs from 1 to 10 July at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
Holden has released exclusive images of early production models of the Aussie made Cruze hatch being test driven in Victoria.
The new Cruze hatch was designed by Holden’s Port Melbourne design studio and will be sold as the Holden Cruze in Australia and as a Chevrolet Cruze around the world.
The new Cruze hatch will join the sedan, which is already the best-selling small sedan in Australia, in Holden showrooms in the last quarter of 2011.
The highly-anticipated hatchback version of the Cruze was designed by Holden’s Port Melbourne design studio and will be sold as the Holden Cruze in Australia and as a Chevrolet Cruze around the world.
The Cruze hatch with its sweeping coupe roofline and short overhangs was first shown as a concept at the Paris Motor Show followed by the Chevrolet production version which made its world premier in Geneva earlier this month.
Images of Holden’s own model were shown to Australian motoring media for the first time as part of the national launch of the new Australian-made Series II Cruze sedan in Melbourne this morning.
Holden Design Director, Tony Stolfo, said Cruze hatch highlighted the breadth of skill in the Holden Design Studio.
“The Holden design team works on a range of global design projects from small hatchbacks like the new Cruze to large wheel drive performance vehicles and also a number of exciting vehicles yet to be revealed,” Mr Stolfo said.
“The Cruze sedan is already a huge hit in Australia – so it was rewarding to work on a global project that we would also be able to adapt specifically for Australia.
“In designing the new five-door hatch we wanted to retain the sporty ‘Cruze’ proportions and bring the same Holden appearance to the hatch that we developed for the new locally-built Series II Cruze sedan.
“Holden is very proud of the global design work it does for other brands and countries around the GM world – but it’s especially gratifying to work on a new vehicle designed and built in Australia.”
The Holden Design Studio is an important part of General Motors global design network and is one of only GM three facilities in the world with the capability to design and build prototype concept vehicles for exhibitions and international auto shows.
The new Cruze hatch will join the sedan, which is already the best-selling small sedan in Australia, in Holden showrooms in the last quarter of 2011.
The new locally-built Series II Cruze sedan line-up has been engineered for the Australian market and boasts new powertrains including the new efficient and fun-to-drive 1.4 iTi petrol models and the most fuel-efficient car made in Australia, the 2.0 litre turbo diesel manual Cruze.