After unveiling the model at last year Beijing Motor Show, GM has delayed the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze release for the end of this year. This delay will allow the engineers to do some more improvements. The Cruze model has been one of the best selling sedans since the GM released it in 2009. Having that in mind, it is certain that the designers will not apply some major changes in the exterior design, as the company wants to retain the sporty look of this sedan family, and why change the winning formula?
Unlike for the premier in China, the US presentation came with a more aggressive look, thanks to a slightly sharper front fascia. It also seemed that the new model is slightly longer, thanks to the use of the new Delta II platform, which allows more space in the cabin. All 2016 Chevrolet Cruze changes regarding space and features will be done mostly on the back end, meaning more space for the back seats and the trunk. Furthermore, the new platform will allow the vehicle to come with less weight and to be more economical than the previous model. The front grille will be redesigned and it will come with a more contemporary look, while the headlights are going to have a more rectangular shape and will be LED powered. Overall length of the new Chevrolet Cruze dimensions are: 4567 mm (size of the wheelbase – 2662 mm), width – 1786 mm, height – 1458 mm, and weight is 1245 kg making it 115 kg lighter than the previous generation model.
As far as the interior of the new Chevrolet Cruze is concerned, it will without a doubt be on par with its adversaries. The cabin comes with fine materials combined into a harmonious contrasts. Driving comes easier thanks to the leather steering wheel, which is fitted with all important functions. Equipment wise, you should expect all that the current model has, only some of the optional features will become a part of the standard equipment. The upper mentioned steering wheel will also be tilt and telescopic adjustable, and it will be paired with improved gauge cluster, while the redesigned center stack will be placed in the dash area. Usage of the premium quality materials inside the Chevrolet Cruze 2016, such as cowhide, aluminum and delicate plastic, will definitely add some luxurious feeling to the cabin.
Engine, 2016 Chevrolet Cruze specs
Under the hood, the current 1.8 l base engine will be replaced by a 1.5 l turbocharged 4-cylinder Ecotec engine, capable of delivering 113 hp and 108 lb-ft of Torque. Also a 1.4 l 4-cylinder is expected to join the engine lineup. It will be able to pump out 140 hp and 173 lb-ft of torque. A third option is also possible, a 2.0 l turbocharged diesel engine. As far as the transmission options of the new Chevrolet Cruze 2016 are concerned, a 7-speed dual-clutch auto and a 6-speed auto/manual system are in the game.
2016 Chevrolet Cruze Price and release date
The price of the next Chevrolet Cruze release date is expected to stay in the range of the current model’s price, and that is around $20000. The new model should be available for buying at the end of this year or the beginning of the 2016.
2016 Chevrolet Cruze pictures