Capaciousness on the cheap: Chevrolet prices 2017 Cruze Hatchback at $22,190

For not that much more than the sedan, you get a fair bit more space with which to play around.

Chevrolet has no new pictures of its Cruze Hatchback. Is that worrying? Maybe a bit.

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Automakers aren't placing too much faith in hatches and wagons, and for good reason. Crossovers, which are basically hatchbacks but taller, have taken the market by storm. But a good number of automakers haven't entirely ditched the concept of a car with extra space -- like Chevrolet, which unveiled the Cruze Hatchback earlier this year. Now, we know how much it will cost.

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback will have a starting price of $22,190 when it goes on sale this fall. It uses a 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and it comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Active and passive safety systems, along with GM's ubiquitous 4G LTE modem and Wi-Fi hotspot are optional.

You may cringe at that price when you realize the Chevrolet Cruze sedan is some $5,000 cheaper, coming in at $17,495. But that's the stripper L trim, which the hatchback doesn't offer. The hatch starts out at the LT trim, so there's only about $1,500 separating the LT sedan and the LT hatch. That's a little fairer.

If you'd rather err on the fancy side, you can have your hatch done up in Premier trim, which adds things like a power driver's seat, bigger wheels, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, remote start and several other upgrades. That will set you back just $24,820, or less than $1,000 more than the Premier sedan. Both trims can include the RS package, as well, which gives the car a sportier appearance.

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