Next-Generation Chevy Cruze Debuts in Beijing
We got to see a slightly updated 2015 Chevrolet Cruze at the New York Auto Show last week, but the real treat for Cruze fans came out of the Beijing Auto Show across the Pacific, where Shanghai GM unveiled a completely refreshed, next-generation Chevy Cruze.
GM’s global research and development team gave a new clean-sheet design and architecture to the Cruze while focusing on increasing fuel economy, improving handling, and adding relevant and intelligent technologies. What resulted was a beautiful midsize compact car that bears Chevrolet’s new design language and is matched with the slogan, “Design with a Heartbeat.”
Inspired by the Tru Concept from Auto China 2012, the next-generation Chevy Cruze improves on aerodynamics with coupe-like flowing lines. Despite its compact size, the new Chevy Cruze is reportedly spacious on the inside. The Cruze also features chrome-plated trim that stretches from the side mirrors to the rear seat windows, with the goal of creating a “rhythmic refinement.” The exterior also sports a dual-mesh grille that reaches out to the headlights.
The Cruze is the first to be powered by the new-generation Ecotec small-displacement engine, but drivers can also go with a 1.4-liter central injection turbocharged engine or a 1.5-liter central direct injection natural aspirated engine; both are segment firsts. Available transmissions include an all-new DCG seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, another all-new six-speed manual transmission, or the third-generation S6 six-speed automated manual transmission. These winning powertrain combinations yield best-in-class fuel economy, as well as great comfort, low emissions, and an incredibly quiet performance.
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