The Chevrolet Cruze isn’t exactly what you’d call a high-performance model. It’s actually far from one, even if you slap an “RS” badge in it. But it is a popular model in North America; Chevy even calls it the ‘cornerstone’ of its North American small-car lineup. The Cruze certainly has a lot of appeal, especially for first-time car buyers. That’s exactly why Chevrolet is presenting the Cruze RS Plus Concept at the 2014 SEMA Auto Show.

The Cruze RS Plus Concept is an “imagine the possibilities” take on the compact sedan. Imagine if you dress it up in this color; imagine if you put this and that material on the interior; and imagine if you add a performance-enhancing Stage Kit to its 1.4-liter, turbo engine. These are all scenarios Chevrolet put together in one package, resulting in the Cruze RS Plus Concept.

Whether or not the American automaker has plans to offer it for production is the question at hand. The company didn’t specify its plans, but considering the new options it presented as part of the whole package, I’d be surprised if we don’t see it offered in dealerships soon.

Hopefully, the Cruze’s status as Chevy’s “cornerstone” small-car is enough reason to justify these new options being made available to the public.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Cruze RS Plus Concept.

  • 2014 Chevrolet Cruze RS Plus Concept
  • Year:
    2014
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  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    148 (Est.)
  • 0-60 time:
    9.2 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    110 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    25000 (Est.)
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Chevrolet Cruze RS Plus Concept in detail

2014 Chevrolet Cruze RS Plus Concept High Resolution Exterior
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Chevrolet also indicated that the Cruze RS Plus Concept comes with a performance-enhancing stage kit from Chevrolet Performance.

If you were expecting a car with scissor doors and an ear-splitting audio system, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. That’s not what the Cruze RS Plus Concept is about, even though those do add a lot to the Cruze’s overall appeal.

What you can expect from this model is a suite of styling modifications honed for the Cruze’s fun and refreshing personality. A Wildfire Metallic paint finish is the highlight of the exterior, even if it’s far from the only one. The body also received unique lower-body moldings, a custom rear spoiler, and matte-black twin-stripes courtesy of Chevrolet Accessories.

Inside, the Cruze RS Plus Concept was dressed up in a Jet Black interior that is brightened up with the addition of an ambient lighting kit and illuminated door sills, which are courtesy of Chevrolet Accessories. It also has a new sport pedal kit, and a Kicker subwoofer and amplifier kit. It’s far from the mind-numbing audio units we usually see at SEMA, but it’s powerful enough for the average buyer.

2014 Chevrolet Cruze RS Plus Concept Drivetrain
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Chevrolet also indicated that the Cruze RS Plus Concept comes with a performance-enhancing Stage Kit from Chevrolet Performance. According to the Chevy Performance catalog, the Stage kit includes a high-flow exhaust system and a dealer-installed calibration to jump the output to 148 horses. Also included ias a Chevy Performance induction kit to help the 1.4-liter breathe more freely. As standard, the Cruze’s 1.4-liter puts out 138 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque.

Chevrolet Cruze

2014 Chevrolet Cruze High Resolution Exterior
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The Chevrolet Cruze is arguably one of Chevrolet’s most important models, largely because of its status as one of the best-selling cars in the U.S. In fact, it only trailed the Toyota Camry at one point for top honors, a clear indication that the model is attracting a fair share of interest ever since it arrived as a global model in 2010.

The 2014 Cruze doesn’t offer wholesale changes when compared to its previous model years, but what it does have is a new turbo-diesel engine that offers tremendous fuel returns without sacrificing its performance numbers. That being said, the 1.4-liter, turbo engine it shares with the Sonic is still the most popular engine option for the Cruze. This small mill produces 138 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque, enough to allow the Cruze to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 9.5 seconds to go with a top speed of about 110 mph.

The cheapest trim of the Chevrolet Cruze is the LS Manual, which costs just $17,995. The aforementioned Diesel Automatic is the most expensive trim at $25,710.

Press Release

Cruze is the cornerstone of Chevrolet’s North American small-car lineup, which is attracting a greater share of the market and more young, first-time customers visiting Chevy showrooms. It is also Chevrolet’s best-selling car around the world, with more than 3 million units sold globally since its launch in mid-2010.

2014 Chevrolet Cruze RS Plus Concept High Resolution Exterior
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The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze in North America receives revised exterior styling, enhanced interior convenience and greater connectivity – including new Text Message Alerts, Apple Siri integration and OnStar 4G LTE with available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

An available RS package includes unique fascias, rocker moldings, rear spoiler and fog lamps, while an uplevel instrument cluster includes chrome accent rings in place of the standard silver finish, and opaque cluster bezels that allow the cluster’s ice blue backlighting to shine through for a sporty nighttime appearance.

The Cruze RS Plus concept accentuates the distinctive, upscale styling cues of the 2015 Cruze RS with a custom Wildfire Metallic exterior, along with unique lower body moldings and a custom rear spoiler. A twin-stripe package in matte black is available from Chevrolet Accessories.

Inside, the Jet Black interior shines brighter with a Chevrolet Accessories ambient lighting kit and illuminated door sills. It also features a sport pedal kit and a Kicker® subwoofer and amplifier kit.

Under the hood, the concept’s aggressive styling is matched with a performance-enhancing Stage Kit from Chevrolet Performance, as well as a concept fresh-air intake system for the 1.4L turbo engine.

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