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The 2017 Cruze Hatch offers the design, engineering and technological advancements of the 2016 Cruze sedan in a functional, sporty package with added cargo space.

Sporty 5-Door Model Has Room for Stuff

Whether you’re a camper, cyclist, home repair aficionado, pet lover or just need to haul your kids and their soccer balls to Saturday’s game, the new Chevy Cruze hatchback has room to spare. Fold the second row of seats down and you have 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Put the seats back up and you have a sporty little commuter with room for kids or co-workers along with a week’s worth of groceries. Stay in touch with Chapman Chevrolet to see when the latest Cruze model is set to arrive on the showroom floor later this year.

Rigid Structure Improves Driving Dynamics

The Chevy Cruze hatchback has a light and rigid architecture that prevents body distortion when speeding through tight turns. Along with improving the driving experience, the structure is built to disperse energy away from the occupants during a crash, reducing injury. Chevy’s trademark Teen Driver feature is also available in the hatchback, allowing parents to reduce distractions and receive feedback on the teen’s driving habits.

Hatchback Fills Void in Modern Small Car Market

“With 9 percent growth in small hatchbacks last year, it’s the perfect time to bring the Cruze Hatch to America,” according to GM’s North America president, Alan Batey. “As Cruze continues to set the tone for Chevrolet globally, it articulates the brand promise of offering cars with the latest technologies, more features and greater efficiency, performance and safety with fresh, distinctive styling.” The new hatchback continues Chevy’s push into new market segments, following the Colorado and the Trax.

Hatch Joins Family of Best Selling Car

The Cruze sedan is the best selling Chevy on the planet, with more than 3.5 million vehicles delivered since its inception. More than a third of all Cruze buyers are new to Chevrolet, drawn by the prospect of a technologically advanced, affordable vehicle that is designed for today’s Millennial. The Cruze has the most standard features of any car in its class, including adaptive safety measures like rear park assist, blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert and lane keep assist. The peppy little vehicle comes with stop/start technology that kills the engine when you come to a complete rest, only to fire up again as you take your foot off the brake. You’ll have to wait for fall to see the new Chevy Cruze hatchback, but you can take a sedan for a test drive today at Chapman Chevrolet.


Sixty Years Later, Chevy Small Blocks Still on Cutting Edge

It was 1955 when the engineers at Chevrolet designed the initial V8 small-block engine. Although compact in size, these engines have been known over the years for producing a lot of horsepower and torque and were very instrumental in creating the original muscle car era. With the unveiling of the new Z26 crate engine, Chevy shows that it hasn’t missed a beat when it comes to designing a motor that delivers 405 horsepower. Stop by the parts and service department at Chapman Chevrolet to get detailed dyno and technical specs on the Z26 engine.

Crate Motor Makes Engine Replacement a Snap

Have an older Chevy whose motor has seen better days? If you still love the car but don’t feel like making it a piece of yard art, consider picking up a crate engine. Chevy’s crate motors come complete with spark plug wires, air cleaner, fuel pump, alternator, starter, carburetor and front-accessory drive kit. Any other parts you need to make the transition are available at your Chapman Chevrolet parts department. Drop the engine in and you’ll have another couple of decades out of that sports car that’s become one of the family.

Warranty Provides Protection for Your New Engine

Although replacing an engine is much cheaper than replacing an entire car, a crate motor can be a significant investment. Chevy backs its regular replacement engines with a 36 month/100,000 warranty for cars and light trucks. Because of the additional strain put on performance engines, the warranty is limited to 24 months or 50,000 miles. The company promises to repair or replace any engine or component that stops working because of a problem with workmanship or materials.

Original Parts Provide Best Replacement Option

When working on restoring or rebuilding that favorite old Chevy, you should always use genuine GM parts, whether you’re replacing an entire engine and transmission or simply need a few smaller parts to make your car go like it did when it came off the showroom floor, genuine GM parts are your best bet for fit and function. Chapman Chevrolet has a parts department with a massive inventory of auto replacement hardware from plugs and air filters to gaskets and pulleys. The pros behind the counter will be happy to answer questions and give you advice on how to bring your tired vehicle back to life.


Refined People and Cargo Hauler Quiet and Comfortable

By delivering features like built-in Wi-Fi, multiple seating arrangements and a lockable storage compartment behind the 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe remains the standard by which other large SUVs are measured. The interior of the new Tahoe screams sophistication with upgraded materials, plenty of room and a peaceful ride enhanced by sound deadening insulation and a laminated windshield. If you’re in the market for a large SUV that doesn’t drive like a truck, head over to Chapman Chevrolet and take the Tahoe for a spin around the block.

EcoTec3 Engine Offers Class-best Fuel Mileage

By combining efficient technology like active fuel management, variable valve timing and direct injection, the Tahoe delivers up to 23 miles per gallon on the highway. Lest you fear this makes the large SUV a wimp when it comes to climbing hills or towing, the EcoTec3 engine produces 355 horsepower and a thrill-inducing 383 foot pounds of torque. That’s plenty of zip for climbing hills or towing your boat to the lake. Even though the Tahoe is a large vehicle, the use of lightweight materials in the body and suspension help maximize performance and fuel economy.

Structural Cage and Safety Systems Help Reduce Danger

Although no vehicle is totally safe when traveling at freeway speeds, the Chevrolet Tahoe is about as close as you can be to riding within an impenetrable safety zone. With a high-strength steel safety cage surrounding you and your passengers, any impact is absorbed and directed away from all occupants. Seven strategically-placed air bags also help reduce injuries in the event of a wreck. Of course, avoiding a collision in the first place is the best way to avoid damage and injuries. Modern systems like side blind zone alert, front park assist and lane keep assist use sensors and cameras to help keep everyone safe. Crash imminent braking technology utilizes both radar and ultrasonic waves to alert you of a possible crash. If you do not take action, the Tahoe automatically applies the brakes.

Three Different Trim Levels Provide Plenty of Options

When you head to the Chapman Chevrolet dealership, you’ll see that the 2016 Tahoe comes in three different trim levels. Both the LS and the LT come with a premium smooth ride suspension, while the LTZ employs the magnetic ride control suspension package. Although the LS and LT have plenty of standard features like rear park assist, a locking rear end and the OnStar communication system, if you step up to the LTZ you get push button start, keyless entry and a bevvy of safety features as standard equipment.


Sporty Sedan Provides Great Mileage

If you don’t want to spend the extra money on a hybrid or can’t wait for the latest electric vehicle, the sporty 2016 Chevrolet Cruze provides an efficient, fun and affordable solution to your transportation needs. Start with 40 miles per gallon on the highway to satisfy your need for efficiency, then fall in love with the beautifully sculpted aerodynamic look that says this isn’t your ordinary compact car. The Cruze turns heads with features like projector beam headlamps and LED daytime running lamps. Let it turn your head when you take a test drive at Chapman Chevrolet.

New Cruze is Affordable, not Cheap

Opt for the heated front and rear leather seats and heated steering wheel and you’ll be sitting in the lap of luxury when you take your new Cruze out on the town. The windshield is laminated to help deaden sound and provide perfect acoustics as you use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to play your favorite tunes through the MyLink infotainment system. You can access a limited number of apps for handsfree connectivity with voice recognition or the large touch screen. Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi means your days of searching for an Internet connection out on the open road are over. Push button start, wireless charging and a Bose 9-speaker premium audio system add to the list of available comforts to help make your commute more pleasurable.

Driver Assist Safety Features Help Avoid Collisions

For a vehicle that starts at less than $17,000, the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze has an amazing number of modern safety features that help keep you safe when the traffic gets crazy. Rear cross traffic alert is one of the systems using radar sensors to alert you if a pedestrian or car is getting ready to cross you from the rear. Lane keep assist is a good feature if you find yourself driving when tired or distracted. It warns you if you begin to drift out of your lane and even steers you back to safety if you don’t take any action. Forward collision alert warns you if you’re a little too close to the vehicle in front of you, or if it feels a crash is imminent.

Complete Car Has Your Back

The Chevrolet Complete Care system provides protection long after you leave the showroom with your new Cruze. You not only get two maintenance visits for free, but also get 5 years or 60,000 miles of Roadside Assistance. Chevy also delivers 5 years of free basic OnStar and 6 months of the upgraded OnStar guidance plan. See all the features of the new Cruze by taking a trip to Chapman Chevrolet.


Using Knowledge Gained From Volt

By utilizing the lessons learned from the creation of the Volt, the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid offers a larger hybrid at a price point that should have consumers rushing to Chapman Chevrolet. Starting at just $28,645, the new Malibu is coming this spring with promises to deliver 48 mpg in the city. “The Malibu leverages knowledge and technology directly from the second-generation Chevrolet Volt,” according to Chevy cars marketing director Steve Majoros. “By leveraging technology, we are broadening our level of expertise and lessons learned to bring consumers a world-class hybrid.”

Offers Best-in-Class Combined 47 MPG

With 48 miles per gallon in the city and 45 mpg out on the open road, the new Malibu Hybrid delivers combined 47 mpg, best for any midsize hybrid. The Malibu comes with standard features like Chevrolet MyLink Radio, equipped with a 7-inch touch screen. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available, allowing you to use a limited number of apps no matter which brand of smartphone you own. MyLink provides handsfree communication, so you never have to take your eyes off the road to answer a phone call or reply to a text.

Malibu Hybrid Offers Numerous Safety Features

Along with 10 well-placed air bags, the new hybrid has features like lane keep assist, low speed front automatic braking and front pedestrian braking to help you avoid collisions with people or objects. Like all Malibus, the Teen Driver option is available on the hybrid. This helps reduce injury due to distracted driving by muting the radio when seat belts aren’t fastened. Teen Driver also provides a report on a teen’s driving habits, such as distance traveled and if they exceed the maximum allowed speed.

Ad Campaign Shows Malibu in New Light

The totally redesigned Malibu has been a smashing success so far. An advertising campaign that asks real consumers what they think of an unbranded Malibu elicits favorable comments. When asked what they think the vehicle sells for, the people on the street guess between $50,000 and $80,000. Although it’s a beautiful car with fine interior appointments, the standard Malibu starts at around $22,000. Stay in touch with Chapman Chevrolet to see when the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is set to arrive. Until that time, ignore the bowtie and other Chevy branding and see if you think the new Malibu reminds you of a much more expensive vehicle.