A high-performance Chevrolet Cruze SS hatchback could be in the works.
The Chevrolet Cruze hatchback made its debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show and Chevrolet executive Alan Batey told Car Advice that there’s potential for a high-performance variant. “Yes – for sure, for sure,” Batey said when asked about the possibility of a big-engine performance model.
Although we might not see it hit the streets anytime soon, AutoGuide.com has renders of what the model could look like, sporting more aggressive styling, sportier wheels and red brake calipers along with a quad exhaust setup.
With Ford offering plenty of high-performance hatchbacks like the Focus ST and Focus RS, and Volkswagen rolling the GTI and Golf R models off the assembly lines, it’s no surprise GM wants a competitor of its own. There’s also the upcoming new Honda Civic Si to battle against and one could argue even the MINI Cooper S models belong in this sultry segment.
The American automaker wouldn’t have to dig very deep into its parts bin to find a suitable powertrain, either. Just look at the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the Chevrolet Camaro. It provides 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
The standard Chevy Cruze hatchback comes with a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine making 153 hp @ 5600 rpm while getting 29 mpg city and 38 mpg highway.
While several automakers have announced they will discontinue production of their small cars, the Cruze is set to live on.
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