Holden Special Vehicles or better known as HSV is confirming that they are currently considering a four-cylinder model to work on. Thus, Australia will likely to have a home-grown hot hatch within two years – An HSV version of the Cruze.
However, there is no report whether it will inherit the HSV version to the Chevrolet Cruze. We supposed this will be an exclusive model for Australian market.
The managing director of HSV, Phil Harding, confirmed the Cruze during launch of the E3 range (the E-Series 3 line-up of Commodore-based V8s), which will be built in South Australia from next year, was the “best option” for the company to break its V8-led mould.
Harding confirmed the brand was looking to expand beyond its large-car range, giving a hint a small car could be in HSV’s future. “We’re constantly on the lookout for that sort of stuff,” he said when quizzed about vehicles other than V8-powered derivatives of the Commodore.
On the other hand, four-cylinder engine are far from strange to HSV. One of the first cars it built in the late 1980s was a tweaked version of the Astra, the SV1800. More recently, HSV sold a turbocharged four-cylinder version of the Astra coupe, which it sold as the HSV VXR. The car was never a hot seller but opened the brand to new range of customers.
We hope that the Hatching Plans by HSV will built a success story with the upcoming HSV Cruze soon. Maybe a powerful 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine will just sweet.