GM has officially added a third body style to the Chevrolet Cruze range, a station wagon. The all new body style will be making its global premiere at the 82nd edition of the Geneva Motor Show in early March.
At 4,678mm long, the estate model is slightly longer than both the hatchback and the saloon variants. Although the Cruze station wagon’s design is not going to make your jaws drop, its main priority is to improve space and practicality. According to Chevrolet, cargo area ranges from 500 litres up to the window line in the rear to nearly 1500 litres when the rear seats are dropped and measurement is extended up to the roof.
The Cruze station wagon will get a new 130bhp 1.7 litre VCDi diesel engine with start-stop technology. It generates CO2 at a rate of 119g/km when put to work. The rest of the engine lineup is similar to those on the sedan.
Together with the introduction of the Cruze station wagon, GM will also present a list of interior and exterior tweaks for the 2012 sedan and hatchback models. For the exterior, there will be a revised front fascia with modified headlights and fog lamps plus a new set of alloy wheels. On the inside, refinements are made to the center console and customers have a wider selection of seat finishes.
"The Cruze station wagon caters to an important market segment," said Chevrolet Europe President and Managing Director Susan Docherty. "It ticks all the boxes for European drivers in terms of distinctive design, dynamic driving, space and economy".