The second generation Chevrolet Cruze has been spied completely undisguised in California. Although the car spied here is U.S.-spec, the global version will be similar, while China has already received its distinctive second generation model last year.
The 2016 Cruze looks more aggressive with newly designed headlamps, new split grille, a more steeply angled windshield, a sportier side profile with rising beltline, and a Malibu-inspired rear-end. The overall design and styling echoes the brand’s latest generation models Impala, Volt and the Malibu.
To rewind, the first generation Cruze is based on GM’s Delta II platform. The MY2015 model is available in the U.S. with a 1.8-liter naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 138 hp and 125 lb.-ft. (170 Nm) of torque, a 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol engine that produces 138 hp and 148 lb.-ft. (201 Nm) of torque, and a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine that produces 151 hp and 264 lb.-ft. (358 Nm) of torque. Transmission choices include 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic.
The second generation Cruze will be based on GM’s D2XX platform that underpins the 2016 Volt. The engines from the first generation model are likely to be carried over, with some revisions. Earlier reports have indicated that a new 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine will also be offered and if that’s the case, the new engine’s specifications will, of course, be north of the currently offered 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol engine. The 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmissions are also likely to be carried over but a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission will also be offered, state reports.
The all-new (U.S.-spec) Cruze will be built at GM’s Lordstown Assembly plant in Ohio. It can be expected to debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show in November, and reach dealers thereafter.
[Source: Left Lane News]