And it looks way better than before!
With a more dynamic look than its predecessor, Chevrolet has officially pulled the wraps off the new generation of the Cruze, putting a stop to rumors and ending the numerous spy shots taken these past few months. The brand new vehicle will be produced at the Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant, in the United States, and it will be offered for sale locally early next year, following a global launch with more than 40 countries in mind.
Visually speaking, the new generation of the Chevrolet Cruze is more dynamic. It has received new lines, an updated front grille, new front and rear bumpers, different taillights, a slightly sloping roofline and more tweaks which are helping it differentiate. The model is now 25 mm lower and it has increased in length by 68 mm. The wheelbase stands at 2,700 mm and, according to the brand, it is best-in-segment. The new Cruze generation may have grown significantly compared to its predecessor but despite this, it has shed 113 kg off its total weight and it has received 27 percent stiffer body.
The interior design of the car is offering more rear knee room thanks to the longer wheelbase and it is getting the 4.2-inch high-res center display added to the gauge cluster. The infotainment system has a standard 7-inch display and an optional 8-inch one, being compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Standard features found across the range include the four disc brakes and 10 airbags, but for an extra cost, the model will be getting the Lane Keep Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Forward Collision Alert.
As far as the engine lineup goes, the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is getting a brand new 1.4 liter turbo four-cylinder unit under its hood, which is capable of putting down a total of 153 HP (113 kW) at 5,600 rpm and 240 Nm (177 lb-ft), available between 2,000 rpm and 4,000 rpm. In standard, it is connected to the 6-speed manual transmission but it can get an optional six-speed automatic too. From 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h), the model needs 8 seconds. The fuel consumption stands at an average of 5.8L / 100km (48 mpg UK / 40 mpg US). Start/stop has been also added to the unit. No extra details on the car or on the engine lineup have been announced so far and no pricing details have been made public, so expect a fresh press release along with new images shortly.