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Holden Cruze Hatch ready to roll


The new Australian-designed and built Cruze Hatch has been launched Down Under with three engine choices, four trim levels and a five-star safety rating

The launch of the all-new Holden Cruze hatch marks another milestone in Holden’s history as this Australian-designed model goes global for General Motors.

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.

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, including New Zealand.

The five-door Cruze hatch is available with a choice of three engines, three transmissions and four trim levels, meaning customers have a range of Cruze options.

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 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 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.

A MacPherson strut front and Compound Crank Axle rear suspension are standard 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.

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 into the centre console.

The rear load space offers a 413 litre capacity, which expands to a 1254 litre capacity when the standard 60/40 split rear seat backs are folded flat.

Holden has ensured the Cruze hatch 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.

See your nearest Holden dealer for more details.

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.

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