Now this is an extremely promising new Chevrolet. Since the hits started coming with the new Impala and 2016 Malibu, Chevrolet is going from strength to strength.
Nowhere is Chevy’s new skill more apparent than in compact cars. The Cruze, Sonic and Spark take the highest market share for any one manufacturer across their segments — which is a huge achievement for a relatively new player in supermini’s and subcompacts.
This new Cruze may look slightly familiar — as it shares many key design elements with the 2016 Volt. Where the Volt features a solid shield grille and chrome around the upper windowline, the Cruze has a sportier grille and chrome wrapping the entire glasshouse.
This RS spec shows the Cruze in its best light — with the all-new proportions looking miles more modern than the current car. A slightly steeper rake for the windshield and back glass gives the Cruze an oversized, long and low appearance that is very rare for the segment. Honda Civic overtones, perhaps, but great LEDs and premium bodykit and spoilers that no current Civic can match.
This major global model will actually be larger inside than before, thanks to a 2.5-inch longer size and lower roofline. All-new technology inside includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and even standard 4G LTE WiFi.
The launch powertrain will be a single 1.4-liter turbo making 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. These are both up significantly versus the turbo 1.4L currently powering the Chevy Trax. As a result, Chevy is benchmarking an 8.0-second sprint to 60-mph and 40-mpg highway. A choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic are a big advantage over the CVT crowd (Civic, Sentra), yet much cheaper than the Focus Powershift DCT automatic option.
The well-liked turbodiesel engine option will be a late arrival for the new Cruze, around 12-months after the standard car arrives to showrooms in January 2016.
Overall, a very promising new model from Chevy. We hope they don’t get too ambitious on the pricing.
Regardless, though, the Cruze RS’s shared tech and style with the new Volt — but with sportier details and handling — looks like a win/win for compact sedan shoppers.
2016 Chevrolet Cruze
Sophisticated Sophomore: All-New 2016 Chevrolet Cruze
- Larger and lighter; all-new compact car is more agile with a dynamic driving experience
- All-new, standard 1.4L turbo engine with direct injection offers a GM-estimated 40 mpg highway; stop/start technology contributes to efficiency in stop-and-go driving
- New Chevrolet MyLink offers better performance, plus compatibility with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, for smart, simple smartphone integration
- Advanced safety features include Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert
- On sale in the U.S. in early 2016; diesel model follows in 2017
DETROIT – Chevrolet today introduced the all-new 2016 Cruze – a larger and lighter, more efficient and more sophisticated evolution of the brand’s best-selling global car.
Packed with new technologies such as available Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and new active safety features, as well as a more spacious interior and an athletic, aerodynamically optimized design, the 2016 Cruze elevates the compact car segment – from San Francisco to Shanghai and from Boston to Buenos Aires.
It will be offered in more than 40 global markets and goes on sale first in North America in early 2016. A new, standard 1.4L turbocharged engine with direct injection and an SAE-certified 153 horsepower (113 kW) helps enable a General Motors-estimated 40 mpg on the highway with the available six-speed automatic transmission. Stop/start technology helps enhance the Cruze’s efficiency in stop-and-go driving.
The new turbo engine and a leaner architecture that reduces up to 250 pounds (113 kg) also contribute to the new Cruze’s stronger performance, with expected 0-60-mph acceleration of eight seconds.
“The 2016 Cruze builds on a very successful program that introduced Chevrolet to new customers the world over,” said Alan Batey, president, General Motors North America. “We retained all the attributes that made the original Cruze a hit around the globe and built on them to make this car more sophisticated, more fun and more Chevrolet.”
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