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Chevrolet Cruze estate (2012) scooped

Published: 23 December 2011

Our spies have caught the Chevrolet Cruze estate on wintry test in northern Europe. Although taken on a long lens, this is our first glimpse of Chevy's latest Cruze brand extension.

Understandably, most of the disguise is aft of the Cruze's C-pillars, hiding the station wagon's more upright rear end.

Despite the camouflage, it's clear to see this is a lifestyle estate, with a reasonably fast angle of rear screen rather than any perpendicular Volvo style uprightness.

Chevrolet Cruze estate (2012): when it launches

It's understood that the Cruze wagon may launch as early as the Geneva motor show in March 2012.

That points to an on-sale date in summer 2012.

Why add a Cruze station wagon?

The Cruze estate will broaden the appeal of the Cruze family. Currently, Chevrolet sells a five-door hatchback in Europe and a four-door in the US.

It's believed that the new station wagon is aimed more at Europe than America, although the marketing bods have yet to make a firm decision on the exact territories it'll sell in.

The Americans will start selling a diesel-engined Cruze by 2013.

What's that testing next to the Chevy Cruze?

That'll be the new Chevrolet Sonic-based crossover. We expect Opel to show off its small SUV at the Geneva motor show in March 2012.

Looks like a traffic jam of prototypes!

By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet

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