By Ronan Glon
Tuesday, Mar 6th, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
 
The European market is set to receive a third variant of Chevrolet's global compact: A family-friendly station wagon body style, which debuted on a mildly-facelifted Cruze today at the Geneva Motor Show.

A new front fascia is a little more aggressive than before, although its overall theme hardly departs from the look used on the North American market Cruze. A revised lower front splitter is joined by more vertical fog lamp housings. Up until the B-pillar, the wagon shares the rest of its sheetmetal with the hatchback and sedan versions of the Cruze; everything beyond that is entirely new. It is three inches longer than its sedan sibling, and it boasts about 53 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down.

The wagon will be offered with a new a 1.7-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine rated at 130 horsepower. It will come with standard start-stop technology, which helps it emit just 119 grams of CO2 per kilometer. Buyers will also be able to choose from the usual palette of 1.6 and 1.8-liter gasoline four-cylinder gas and diesel engines found in the European Cruze. The 1.7-liter turbodiesel is expected to form the basis for a new diesel powertrain bound for North America for the 2013 model year.

Chevrolet hopes that the wagon will give Cruze sales a boost on the old continent.

"The Cruze Station Wagon caters to an important market segment. It ticks all the boxes for European drivers in terms of distinctive design, dynamic driving, space and economy," said Chevrolet Europe President and Managing Director Susan Docherty.

Inside, a redesigned center console continues the mid-cycle freshening for the model.

The Cruze wagon will hit showrooms across Europe this summer. No word was spoken about whether or not it will be sold in the United States, but we aren't getting our hopes up.