The Cruze SW is 4,655 mm long, 1,797 mm wide and 1,521 mm tall with the included roof rails and boasts 500 liters of boot space up to the window line and 1,478 liters with the rear seats folded.
Other tidbits include a luggage compartment cover that retracts fully into a cassette, a tray with three storage compartments that’s located between the rear seatbacks and the cassette for the luggage cover and two additional storage compartments in the wheel arches.
The introduction of the estate brings a mild makeover for the other two body styles, the four-door sedan and the five-door hatchback, and two new engines for all Cruze models.
The styling tweaks on the outside concern the front end that gains a an angular drawn grille with horizontal slats and a redesigned bumper with vertical fog lamp housings, while there are also new alloy wheel designs.
Inside, Chevrolet has introduced an available new MyLink infotainment system. Cars that come with the new system will feature a new seven-inch high-resolution touch screen located in the integrated center stack. Other changes inside include a greater choice of seat finishes and some minor tweaks to the instrument panel.
Under the hood, in addition to the existing 1.6-liter and 1.8-liter gasoline and 2.0-liter diesel engine, Chevrolet is enhancing the European range of the Cruze with a new 1.7-liter turbodiesel and a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine.
While Chevrolet has made no mention of the North American version, we see no reason why the styling changes won’t be applied in the coming months.
In celebration of Chevrolet’s 100th anniversary, the firm’s British arm decided to pay tribute to the legacy of The Blues Brothers by crafting a special one-off model of its Cruze sedan named the “Cruzemobile” that echoes the look of the famous “Bluesmobile”.
Adding to the celebratory theme, Chevrolet hired its own band named “Cruze Brothers” that performed live set to a crowd of more than 500 guests at the Ace Café on London’s famous North Circular Road.
Chevrolet said that it hopes to use the Cruzemobile for marketing purposes.
The Chevrolet Cruze hatchback is offered with a diesel and two petrol engines. The petrol units are a 1.6 with 124HP and a 1.8 with 141HP, while the diesel is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder which, with 163HP, is the most powerful model in the lineup. In early 2012, a 1.7-liter diesel will be added to the range. All engines are available with either a manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission.
The new Cruze hatchback is available in three trim levels named LS, LT and LTZ. Even the entry-level Cruze features six airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control and ABS with EBD, with prices starting at £13,995.