The Chevy Cruze is based on GM’s global Delta II platfrom and was designed in South Korea. It was launched in India with a 2-litre diesel engine which it shares with the Chevrolet Captiva. The Cruze is the fastest diesel sedan in its segment and comes with a 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox. It competes with the Skoda Laura, VW Jetta, Toyota Corolla Altis, Renault Fluence, Honda
Civic and Hyundai Sonata.
Chevy has just added a new model to its Cruze lineup: a new Clean Turbo Diesel version. However, it looks like at the same time the company is also working on the next-generation Cruze.
Even though the prototype caught testing here is heavily camouflaged, you can see that it looks much sleeker than the model it will replace. This impression is offered by a new and more rounded front end that will offer revised headlights. Additionally, the grille will be set a little bit lower than the current model and the hood-to-front fascia seam is higher. The rear also seems to be slightly longer, the lip on the trunk is a little more pronounced and the taillights will likely be completely redesigned – evident by the heavy camo on them. Also, it looks like the door handles now sit higher up on the door.
The next-generation Cruze will also be the first model built on General Motor’s new platform, which is internally called D2xx. The same platform will also be used for the next-generation Volt and Equinox among others.
We expect to see some updates under the hood too, with the biggest changes being made to lower the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Clean diesel models are just starting to make their ways into the North American market, and to everyone’s surprise, they do quite well. For example, in the first quarter of 2012, sales numbers were up 35 percent when compared to the same period of 2011 and things continue to improve.
From all diesel units sold in the USA last year, a total of 44 percent where the Jetta TDI, a pretty astounding result, considering this is about half of a market that offers about 25 clean diesel models, which experts say will double by 2017.
The first step into this direction was made at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show where Chevy unveiled the new Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel - not a big surprise considering Cruze is Chevrolet’s hottest-selling sedan.
The model will be put on sale at a starting price at $25,695, which is about $2,500 more than the Jetta TDI priced at $23,055.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel.
If you needed any more proof of the burgeoning auto gold mine that China is fast becoming, don’t look any further than Chevrolet releasing a special edition Cruze in that market.
We get limited run exotics and the supercar variety, but a Cruze? It’s not exactly the first model you’ll think of when releasing a special edition model in China. But that’s the kind of growth the Chinese market has had in recent years, enough for automakers like Chevy to green light a unique variant for a mid-size car like Cruze.
In any case, the Cruze WTCC Edition was designed to celebrate Chevrolet’s success in the WTCC racing series. The car itself carries race-inspired graphics and a slew of new body kit components that include a new rear bumper, modified side skirts, and a truck-mounted spoiler. Looking at the overall product,
As far as the engine goes, the Cruze WTCC Edition comes with a choice of powertrains, including a 1.6-liter gas engine that produces 115 horsepower and 111 pounds-per-feet of torque and a more powerful 1.8-liter gas engine that delivers 145 horsepower and 130 pounds-per-feet of torque.
For a chance to own one, you’ll have to be in China with 123,900 yuan, or about $20,000, to spend.
At first glance, you may think that the Chevrolet Cruze doesn’t have much tuning potential. However, at the recently ended 2012 SEMA Show, Chevrolet set out to prove the opposite, as its Cruze Upscale Concept moves the compact sedan up a few rungs on the luxury ladder.
Chevy coated the Cruze Upscale Concept in Burnished Brandy Metallic paint, then added in Black Ice exterior trim, giving it a deep and luxurious finish. Next came a set of rocker and fascia extensions, and a set of 19-inch aluminum wheels in Black Ice. Dark-tinted windows and headlamps give the car an even smoother look.
Inside the Cruze’s cabin, Chevrolet combined brown leather with yellow stitching on the seats and steering wheel. The steering wheel is wrapped in Loft Brown and DK Atmosphere leather, as are the door and instrument panels.
To improve the car’s driving dynamics Chevrolet also added an adjustable coilover suspension kit, four-piston front brake calipers, and two-piece vented and drilled rotors.
Chevrolet popped into the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2005 with a fully modified Lacetti and was a near immediate success. In 2008, Chevy switched over to a modified Cruze and the wins kept coming. Actually, Chevy pretty much dominated the series for eight years, taking home the checkered flag in 59 races, taking home two drivers’ championships, and two constructors’ championships.
Despite all of its success, Chevy has chosen to end its stay in this not-so-popular racing series following the 2012 season. This comes as quite a surprise, given the fact that Chevy once again leads the drivers’ championship and constructors’ championship boards this year. Rarely does a manufacturer have such success in a series and chooses to pull out so sudden.
A silver lining to this announcement is that it is just mid-season, so all of its drivers and other various workers can try to find work elsewhere in the series or maybe in other racing series. With all of the success it has had, we are willing to bet that all of the employees and drivers on this team will have no trouble at all finding work, and some may even move onto bigger and better things.
The exact reasoning for Chevy pulling out was not given. We can connect dots pretty well and when you have a brand that is struggling to sell in Europe, despite its success in a European racing series, it is obvious that pouring money into said European racing series is throwing good money after bad.
The run-up leading to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is becoming fast and feverish and now, Chevrolet is joining the party with preparations for the unveiling of the Chevrolet Cruze Wagon.
They’ve just offered the first look at the vehicle, although it’s not much of a look considering that it’s one image of the rear end of the car. Nonetheless, it does give us a good idea of the extended wheelbase of the Cruze Wagon, as well as the accompanying new rear styling of the vehicle.
Not much has gone in the way of details, but the wagon variant does follow in the footsteps of the sedan and hatchback versions, which have become popular sellers since the model was launched a few years ago.
As far as aesthetics go, the Cruze Wagon measures 4,675 mm (184.1 inches) in length, with a total storage space of 500 liters (146.5 cubic feet) to the window line and nearly 1,500 liters (424.5 cubic feet) up to the roof top with the rear seats folded down. In terms of design, the Cruze Wagon has a remodeled front fascia, modified head-lamp interiors and fog lamps, new wheel styles, and as with most wagons go, there’s also the presence of roof racks. For the interior, Cruze models get refinements to the center console and a greater choice of seat finishes, as well as keyless entry and MyLink, a brand-new Chevrolet infotainment system. MyLink connects with your smartphone to display personal playlists, photo galleries, phone books, videos, and other stored media and data to a seven-inch diagonal high-resolution full-color touch-screen.
The Chevrolet Cruze Wagon, as with all of the Cruze variants, will be powered by a range of engines, including the current 1.6L and 1.8L gasoline engines, a new 1.4L turbo gasoline, a new 1.7L diesel, and an improved 2.0L diesel engine.
All the official numbers, as well as the full details surrounding the Cruze Wagon will be divulged at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned!
The upcoming Chevrolet Cruze Z-Spec is the more tuned-up Cruze that will be headed to the 2011 SEMA Auto Show. On the flip side, another Cruze will be going to the show, too. Only this time, it’s a little more subdued than the Z-Spec Concept.
This model is called the Chevrolet Cruze Dusk and just like counterpart, the Sonic Dusk, the list of modifications come with subtle and sophisticated improvements, including a mild concept ground effects package. The Cruze Dusk also receives a fresh new grille, as well as a new set of dark-tinted wheels.
Inside, the modified Cruze sedan gets an all-new interior trim kit, new custom seat inserts, a suede-trimmed steering wheel, an accessory shift knob, sports pedals, and an overhauled audio system.
The modifications done on the Cruze sedan may not be as extensive as other models we’ll see at SEMA, but rest assured, it still has enough to turn a few heads in Las Vegas.
As one of Chevrolet’s most popular cars on the market today, the Cruze compact sedan has developed quite a following over the past few years. So with its popularity continuously ascending, it was an obvious choice for Chevrolet to bring a couple of customized models to the 2011 SEMA Auto Show.
One of the models is the Chevrolet Cruze Z-Spec. You might recall that a year ago, Chevy rolled out the Cruze Z-Spec Concept at the 2010 SEMA Auto Show. That particular model came with its share of accessories, including a full plastic bodykit made up of front and rear bumper add-ons, side skirts, and a rear spoiler.
This particular model, on the other hand, will carry its own set of custom parts, including a high-flow grille, an accessory spoiler, a new stripe package, and a set of 18" custom wheels. Inside, the modifications done on the car comprise of a new steering wheel, special seat inserts, a racing-style pedal kit, an accessory shift knob, and a unique interior trim, among others.
There’s no indication as to whether this particular Cruze Z-Spec will be anything like the one we saw last year, but the good news is that we won’t have to wait too long to find out. The 2011 SEMA Auto Show opens its doors on November 1, giving us only a few sleepless nights to ponder over it.
It’s only a teaser photo, although it’s one that has definitely gotten our attention. The GM sedan is dressed in a customized Dupont Sunburst Yellow paint finish and comes with a slew of modifications, including a new LED headlight set-up courtesy of Light Wurkz, as well as a new set of blue 19" Rotiform TMB wheels wrapped around Falked tires with matching yellow 6P Baer brakes. Inside, the Tijn Edition dressed up the Cruze with black leather seats and a new comprehensive audio set-up.
Tijn Edition also announced that the Cruze, just like the rest of its SEMA-bound buddies, will come with a massive performance upgrade. Details on that have yet to be revealed, but we expect it to be something in the realm of the ridonkulous, which is on par with what Tijn Edition has done with their previous projects.
Anybody that has ever had an appreciation of classic cars knows that the annual Woodward Dream Cruise is one of the can’t-miss events of the calendar year.
Held annually at Michigan’s legendary Woodward Avenue, the world’s largest classic car cruise is shaping up to have another memorable 2011 staging, complete with over 30,000 classic vehicles and an attendance that’s expected to reach well over 1.5 million people.
This year, the Chevrolet-sponsored event will be held on August 20th when you’ll see some of your favorite cars in history. An event like this brings out all types of cars from different generations. You name it, it’s there: from hot rods, classic cars, muscle cars, rat rods, art cars, TV cars, and everything else in between. In fact, at least one of every type of Mustang model made since the car debuted in April 1964 will be in attendance, as well as the Shelby GT500, both street and racing versions of the Boss 302, and the Mustang GT and V6 Coupe with performance package. Getting back to the main sponsor, Chevrolet, the Detroit-based company is bringing many cars from their past, present, and future, including the Cruze, Camaro, Corvette, Volt, Sonic, and ZL1 Camaro.
If you happen to be in the area this weekend, you’ll get a first-hand look at some of those classic rides that you’ll have the chance to check off of your bucket list. But if you’re not within the vicinity, you can still keep up-to-date with the latest happenings courtesy of the event’s official radio station, 104.3 WOMC. Head over to the WOMC website and find out everything you need to know about the Woodward Dream Cruise 2011.