Gone is the rather bland exterior design of the outgoing model as Chevrolet has elaborated a sleeker and much more attractive styling for its overhauled compact model which not only looks better, but it also brings important technical upgrades. Perhaps the most important one is the major 113 kg weight loss thanks to a newly developed body structure while the drag coefficient has been lowered to 0.29 following extensive wind tunnel testing.
Moreover, the wheelbase has been stretched to 2,700 mm which represents a best-in-class figure according to Chevy. The new compact sedan is now 68 mm longer and sits almost 25 mm lower to enable a more dynamic stance which makes the Cruze look a lot sportier than its predecessor that was criticized by some for its somewhat mundane design.
As far as the engines are concerned, the biggest news is represented by an all-new four-cylinder, 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline unit benefiting from direct injection and stop/start technology. It develops 153 bhp and 240 Nm of torque channeled to the front axle through either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic gearbox. When equipped with the latter, the new Cruze will do 17 kmpl according to Chevrolet’s estimations. Performances are also promising as the 0-96 kmph will take around 8 seconds, a respectable figure for this segment.
It will be generously equipped with ten airbags as standard, along with disc brakes for all wheels, a rearview camera and a plethora of optional goodies such as heated front & rear seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, wireless phone charging and LED daytime running lights. At an additional cost, customers will be able to order the second-gen Cruze with several safety & assistance systems including Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert and Forward Collision Alert.
Stepping inside the cabin, Chevrolet has implemented its latest generation MyLink infotainment system with a standard 7-inch display and an optional larger 8-inch screen which is compatible with Apple’s CarPlay and Android Auto. It also comes with a 4.2-inch high-resolution driver information display mounted in the gauge cluster providing all the relevant data the driver will need.
Chevrolet will sell the second generation Cruze in more than 40 global markets and it’s bound to show up in Indian dealerships by 2017.