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2011 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback patent drawings revealed

The sporty Chevrolet Cruze hatchback made its conceptual debut at the 2011 Paris Motor Show and thanks to the folks at CarScoop, we have a look at patent renderings issued to the European patent office, giving us an idea as to what will change from concept to production.
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As you can see in the image above, the patent drawings don’t include much in-depth detail but we can see some obvious changes from the Paris Show concept of the 2011 Chevy Cruze hatchback. These changes will be disappointing to those who were in love with the sporty look of the Cruze hatchback concept but they are items that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. First, the line of LEDs serving as fog lights on the concept have been removed in place of a standard fog light assembly that is found on the 2011 Chevy Cruze sedan. Also, the lower fascia area is not quite as aggressive as that seen on the Cruze hatchback concept from Paris and along the sides of the car, we see much smaller wheels in the drawings.

Considering the desire to keep costs low, thus keeping prices lower, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the production 2011 Cruze hatchback will not have the more expensive LEDs or huge alloy wheels. The good news for those Cruze enthusiasts who hope to have a hatchback with those modern-looking LED fog lights and huge wheels, is they will have a customization project waiting for them when they are ready. The bad news is that there are still no official plans to bring the Cruze hatchback to the US. However, should the 2012 Ford Focus hatchback (especially the sporty ST model) succeed in the US, perhaps General Motors will have a change of heart down the road.

Check out the gallery below for a closer look at the patent drawings of the 2011 Chevy Cruze hatchback, along with a look at an image of the 2011 Chevy Cruze Hatchback Concept that debuted in Paris earlier this year.

Source: CarScoop

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