The Chevrolet Cruze remains one of the best global sales of GM. Here is the second generation of this compact sedan with long teeth.
Last year, we had thought that China had the honor of inaugurating the new generation of Cruze before the rest of the world, but GM’s strategy is a little different. The model launched in China in June 2014, a clever make-up of the previous generation will remain reserved for the world’s largest market. And the real new Cruze has been unveiled in Detroit.
World or almost, since Europe is no longer part of its field of action, nor the Russia. But it will find its way to South America, the USA and China … where it will likely be inserted between the “other Cruze” and Malibu.
This new sedan covered the new D2XX platform, shared with the Opel Astra and the Buick Verano. This allows for example to GM to announce here a gain of 113 kg, despite a marked rise in range of benefits of the model. And an increase in its dimensions, with 68 mm more in length, or 4665, making it one of the longest in its class. It still refines its paces by losing 25 mm high to come back in 1452 mm. Proportions dressed by a rather dynamic style, forming an unusually homogeneous range for Chevrolet between Volt, Malibu and Impala …
A generous length, which translates into an improvement of livability, since GM announced for example 51 mm more for the radius to the knees of rear passengers. The design of the dashboard retains the typically symmetrical architecture of Chevrolet, with a large central touch screen with Android Auto and Apple Carplay. A 4.2-inch screen is also integrated with the counters, and equipment will offer front seats and rear heated seats, heated steering wheel and various AIDS to conduct (maintaining Assistant in the queue, blind spot monitoring and collision risk alert …).
Under the hood, GM communicates for time as the engines for North America, namely a 1.4-liter Turbo, already mentioned for the Astra. A new unit announced here at 153 hp and 240 Nm with manual or automatic 6-speed gear box. Also on the US market, a diesel version will complement the offer in 2017.