The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze has debuted at the Fillmore Theatre in Detroit, as the compact car’s second generation. The all-new Cruze is 68 mm longer and nearly 25 mm shorter than the previous generation. The exterior looks sportier now with the “wind tunnel-optimized design” and external changes include newly designed projector headlamps with integrated LED signature lighting and LED DRLs, new split grille, a steeply raked windshield, sportier side profile with rising beltline, a faster-sloping rear profile, new taillamps and a trunk-mounted spoiler.
The North American-spec version gets repositioned gear shifter and cup holders, and enhanced storage. The steering wheel, instrument panel, dashboard and center console are completely redesigned. There’s a new 4.2-inch high-resolution display in the gauge cluster to display driving data like speed, speed limit, etc. Also new, is the next-gen Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with a 7- /8-inch screen. The new infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
10 airbags, four-wheel disc brakes and reversing camera are standard. Available safety and assistance features include Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert.
The new generation Cruze is up to 250 lbs (113 kg) lighter, thanks to an all-new turbo engine and the D2XX platform. The all-new 153-hp 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine will be standard on the MY2016 model, the variants carrying which are expected to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in 8 seconds. It comes matched with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard, but can be had with a 6-speed automatic transmission too.
The model range for North America will include L, LS, LT and Premier. GM estimates that the 2016 Cruze with all-new turbocharged engine paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission will offer fuel economy (highway) of 40 mpg (17 km/l) on the L, LS and LT models. An RS Appearance Package will also be available for more aggressive styling. The premier model has a GM-estimated fuel economy (highway) of 38 mpg (16.16 km/l).
The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will be sold in more than 40 global markets, with U.S. being the first one. In the U.S., the petrol engined model will go on sale in early 2016, followed by a new diesel engined model in 2017. For the home market, the all-new model will be built at GM’s Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant.