Second-gen sedan gets new looks, turbocharged engine

The Chevy Cruze is essentially GM’s modern version of the Chevy Cavalier here in the U.S. It replaced the Chevy Cobalt in 2008 and saw two updates before being redesigned for the 2016 model year. When the second-generation Cruze debuted for the North American market, it grew in length and width and came with sportier styling cues. The most dominate change came in the form of new headlights, a reshaped nose and new character lines on the sides. On the inside, there is a little more room thanks to the slightly larger size. The infotainment system has been upgraded to Chevy’s second-generation MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch screen, Android Auto, and Apple Carplay as standard equipment. Furthermore, the car now comes with heated seats in the front and rear as well as a heated steering wheel. Under the hood, we see more improved as Chevy is now offering the Cruze with a 1.4-liter engine that delivers 153 horsepower, 177 pound-feet of torque, and offers a combined fuel economy of 32 mpg.

The second-generation Cruze also brought a change to the lineup as well. The L and LS trim levels carry over, and the LT trim is now a combination of the LT1 and LT2 trims from the previous generation. The LTZ trim was also dropped in favor of the Premier trim as the range-topping model. A six-speed manual will be the only transmission available for the base, L trim. A six-speed manual and a six speed automatic will be available for LS and LT trims, while the Premier trim will be stuck with just the six-speed automatic.

The second-generation model is also spawning a hatchback variant that should be coming for the 2017 model year, and there is still a lot to discuss about this generation as well. With that said, let’s dive on into all the juicy details and see what the 2016 Cruze is all about.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze.

  • 2016 Chevrolet Cruze
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    153 @ 5600
  • MPG(Hwy):
    40
  • Torque @ RPM:
    177 @ 2000
  • Displacement:
    1.4 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    17495
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Exterior

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Chevy says the new Cruze is both larger and lighter, so let’s take a look at how the automaker accomplished those seemingly contradictory things. 

Under the skin is the new D2 FWD architecture, which is both stiffer and lighter than the architecture of the outgoing model. Roughly 8 percent of the platform uses hot-stamped/high-strength steel, which on its own helps to make for a 27-percent improvement in rigidity while cutting 53 pounds from the final curb weight.

Despite being lighter, the structure is also bigger, with the new Cruze boasting a 106.3-inch wheelbase, roughly an inch more than the older model.

All told, the leaner architecture effectively drops up to 250 pounds from the car’s curb weight. According to executive chief engineer Ron Arnesen, this makes the Cruze’s chassis system “...perhaps the most mass-efficient in the segment,” offering more dynamic driving characteristics and a pervasive feeling of connectedness. 

Despite being lighter, the structure is also bigger, with the new Cruze boasting a 106.3-inch wheelbase, roughly an inch more than the older model. According to Chevy, that long wheelbase figure is another class-leading feature.

Now that you know what’s going on under the sheet metal, let’s talk about what you can actually see.

First, the overall dimensions have changed, with the new Cruze gaining 2.7 inches in length over the outgoing model. It’s also almost 1 inch lower.

In appearance and design, the exterior of the new Cruze has been revamped with a strong consideration for aerodynamic efficiency. Taking experience gleaned from shaping the Volt plug-in hybrid, the brains behind the Cruze managed to eke out a 0.29 drag coefficient, contributing significantly to the car’s low fuel consumption.

You can see the Volt’s influence primarily in the car’s nose, where the previous model’s stubby, more upright fascia gets a sleeker and more raked look. This continues into the windshield and faster-sloping rear profile. Up front, the headlights are much narrower, much like those found on the Volt, while the dual front grille is also restyled. There is layered line work in the hood and side panels, which does well to complement the longer wheelbase with a more beefy appearance.

The rocker panels see new lines, while sitting on top of the trunk lid is a standard integral spoiler. Chevy says that both of these features contribute to the car’s improved aero efficiency.

Other styling cues are brought over from the 2014 Impala and the upcoming Malibu, yielding the most up-to-date example of Chevy’s new global design language. Next to the previous Cruze, the new model is, in my opinion, a big improvement. The old car looked entirely too “rental fleet,” with ho-hum, squared lines that blended into the background of every other sedan on the road. The new car looks much more aggressive and refined.

To help back this upscale approach, we find polished aluminum, piano black and bright-finished accents. The projector headlamps feature automatic functionality.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (in / mm) 106.3 / 2700
Overall length (in / mm) 183.7 / 4666
Overall width (in / mm) 70.6 / 1795
Overall height (in / mm) 57.4 / 1458
Track (in / mm) front: 60.8 / 1544
rear: 61.3 / 1557

Interior

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Thanks to the larger exterior dimensions, the interior of the new Cruze offers more legroom, with a total of 36.1 inches. You’ll also get an additional 2 inches of knee room, more space than both the 2015 Ford Focus sedan and 2014-2015 Hyundai Elantra. However, the lower roofline, while attractive, ends up decreasing available headroom.

Technologically speaking, there’s quite a bit of good stuff packed into the Cruze. First, there’s the next-gen MyLink infotainment system, which offers smartphone integration and a standard 7-inch screen positioned in the central stack. There’s also an available 8-inch screen. Both screens come with Apple CarPlay integration, while the 7-incher also gets Android Auto (the 8-incher will get Android Auto integration at a later unspecified date).

The lower roofline, while attractive, ends up decreasing available headroom.

Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connect via USB and offer phone functionality for things like hands-free calls, text messaging, entertainment, and support for the more popular third-party apps out there.

Completing these tech features is the available OnStar with 4G LTE built-in WiFi hotspot.

Other new, available features include wireless phone charging, heated front cloth seats, heated rear leather-trimmed seats, and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel.

In terms of interior design, Chevy moved around and reshaped a few items. The shifter is repositioned, while the cupholders and storage spaces are redesigned as well. The air vents are slimmer and the button layout on the center stack is a bit simpler. The surrounds for the gauge cluster and 4.2-inch high-res driver information display look more deeply set behind the steering wheel.

For interior materials and accents, the new Cruze echoes its exterior with piano- and matte-black trim. There are more soft-touch materials, such as animal-grained and micro-etched surfacing, as well as premium fabrics with French stitching in contrasting colors. Leather upholstery is available as an option.

The new Cruze is also outfitted with an array of safety features. First, the new architecture creates a stronger body structure that uses the previously mentioned high-strength steel in key areas for better crash protection. You’ll also find 10 standard air bags, including those for frontal driver and passenger protection, roof rail-mounted head curtain side air bags for front and outboard rear seating position protection, seat-mounted side-impact protection in the front and rear, and front knee protection.

There’s also a front passenger seat occupant sensing system, a rollover sensing system, a collapsible pedal assembly to protect against lower-extremity injuries, and a LATCH child seat system in the rear.

To help avoid a collision in the first place, there are several available safety technologies, including side blind zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist and forward collision alert.

Interior Dimensions

Headroom (in / mm) 38.9 / 988 (front)
37.3 / 948 (rear)
Legroom (in / mm) 42 / 1068 (front)
36.1 / 917 (rear)
Shoulder room (in / mm) 54.8 / 1394 (front)
53.7 / 1366 (rear)
Hip room (in / mm) 53.1 / 1351 (front)
51.9 / 1319 (rear)

Drivetrain

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Under the hood of the new Cruze, Chevy once again returns to the theme of enhanced efficiency with an engine that sees a drop in displacement but a bump in output thanks to the addition of boost.

Replacing the old naturally aspirated 1.8-liter unit is a new turbo 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which features an aluminum cylinder block and head that helps to cut weight. There are low-friction piston rings, a low-friction camshaft drive, and a low-friction oil pump in place to maximize returns.

Replacing the old naturally aspirated 1.8-liter unit is a new turbo 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which features an aluminum cylinder block and head that helps to cut weight.

The Cruze sees an increase in muscle from 138 to 153 horsepower. Torque gets an even bigger increase, rising from 148 to 177 pound-feet. Acceleration figures include an expected 0-to-60 time of 8 seconds.

However, this increase in output doesn’t come at the cost of economy. Thanks to the lighter architecture, sleeker body, and features like standard stop-start technology, GM says the new Cruze is still quite efficient, with an estimated 42 mpg returned on the highway when running through the optional six-speed automatic transmission. That’s a highway range of up to 570 miles per tank. The Cruze tops competitors such as the Ford Focus (40 mpg), Mazda3 (41 mpg), and Hyundai Elantra (37 mpg). The impressive mileage drops to 40 mpg highway for the top-of-the-line Cruze Premier trim.

A six-speed manual transmission comes as standard. Chevy says it’ll bring a diesel-powered model (the 1.6-liter unit is expected to make a return) to U.S. customers sometime in 2017.

Alongside the extended wheelbase, the new architecture also provides a wider track, measuring in at 60.8 inches in the front and 61.3 inches in the rear, for what Chevy says is better chassis tuning, and consequently, more nimble and direct steering. Aluminum is used in the suspension system to help optimize weight distribution and handling balance.

MacPherson struts are used in the front, with specially tuned bushings and geometry that is intended to strike a balance between handling and comfort.

Rack-mounted electric power steering comes standard on all models, which contributes to overall efficiency by removing the traditional pump from the driveline accessories.

A StabiliTrak ESC system, complete with traction control, rollover mitigation and ABS, comes standard.

Wheel sizes range between 15- and 18-inches.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 1.4L turbo DOHC I-4
Displacement (cu in / cc) 85 / 1399
Bore & stroke (in / mm) 2.91 x 3.20 / 74 x 81.3
Block material cast aluminum
Cylinder head material cast aluminum
Valvetrain overhead camshafts, four-valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing
Ignition system individual coil on plug
Fuel delivery direct injection with electronic throttle control
Compression ratio 10:1
Horsepower 153 HP @ 5,600 RPM
Torque 177 LB-FT @ 2,000-4,000 RPM
Transmission 6-speed manual/6-speed automatic

Prices

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The new Chevy Cruze will be offered in over 40 markets worldwide, making its first appearance in North America sometime early next year. The model lineup will come in four different trim levels, including the L, LS, LT and Premier.

Model Price
Chevrolet Cruze L manual $17,495
Chevrolet Cruze LS manual $18,995
Chevrolet Cruze LS automatic $19,995
Chevrolet Cruze LT automatic $21,995
Chevrolet Cruze Premier automatic $23,995

Competition

2015 Ford Focus Sedan

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Offering a nice blend of practicality and performance, the Focus brings a well-sorted chassis and a few options for the drivetrain selection, including a 160-horsepower four-cylinder as standard and an optional, 123-horsepower 1.0-liter turbo three-cylinder for better economy. Transmission options include a six-speed dual-clutch auto and a five-speed manual. A run to 60 takes around 8 seconds. Also available as a hatchback, the Focus is a fun, nippy little car that’s sure to make you smile alongside its decent mileage (26 mpg city, 36 mpg highway).

Read our full review here.

2014-2015 Hyundai Elantra

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The Elantra comes with good looks, a comfortable ride, a spacious interior, and a very nice appointment, with features like leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED light accents, and 17-inch wheels all coming standard on the high-spec Sport model. Unfortunately, performance is absent, with lackluster handling and an anemic-feeling engine. It may look top-shelf, but don’t bother with the back roads.

Read our full review here.

2015 Volkswagen Jetta

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VW’s unflappable Jetta once again brings the goods in its latest iteration, bearing high-quality fit and finish, a comfortable but sporty suspension, and a large variety of drivetrain options, including a 2.0-liter, a turbo 1.8-liter, and a new turbodiesel capable of up to 46 mpg. Transmissions include several five-speeds and six-speeds, both in automatic and manual forms. Go for the 170-horsepower variant and you’re looking at a 0-to-60 time in the low 7’s. However, be careful with the options – pricing can dip into the $30,000 range before you know it.

Read our full review here.

Conclusion

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The Cruze has done quite well to shore up Chevy’s sales figures, and not just in pure volume. Chevy also says the car attracts a slew of new customers, with 53 percent of U.S. Cruze customers being new to the Chevrolet brand.

This second generation seems to build on the old without taking away any of what made it successful in the first place.

With that in mind, this second generation seems to build on the old without taking away any of what made it successful in the first place. The new architecture and exterior styling are a marked improvement, both aesthetically and in terms of performance/efficiency, while the interior comes with all the latest gadgets you’d expect from this segment. The drivetrain is improved as well, offering more power and, again, higher efficiency.

And that’s all good, especially if Chevy intends on keeping its worldwide streak of high sales numbers.

Drawbacks? It would be nice if the Cruze was quicker, with the 8-second 0-to-60 time being quite standard for an entry-level compact sedan. The more powerful engine is a plus, but some may find it still lacking in straight-line speed, especially if outfitted with the performance-suggesting RS package.

Looking down the other path, I would have liked to see the diesel engine available at launch. An estimated 40-mpg on the highway is quite good, but real world numbers will undoubtedly be lower, and an ultra-efficient oil burner would help make the most of that low drag coefficient.

Finally, this is a highly competitive segment and customers will have plenty of options when looking at alternatives to the Cruze. But given the car’s history of success, it doesn’t look like that’ll be much of a problem.

  • Leave it
    • Highly competitive segment
    • Could be faster
    • Must wait for diesel power

Updated History

Updated 11/18/2015: Chevrolet announced prices for the 2016 Cruze which will be put on sale next spring. The model will be offered in four trim levels: L, LS, LT and Premier with prices starting from $17,495.

Press Release

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.

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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.”

Vehicle highlights include:

Next-generation Chevrolet MyLink with smartphone integration capability, including a standard seven-inch-diagonal screen and available eight-inch-diagonal screen (at launch, eight-inch screen only with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto coming later)
New 1.4L turbo engine with direct injection and stop/start technology matched with a standard six-speed manual or available six-speed automatic transmission (North America)
Maximum highway range of 530 miles per tank
All-new, stronger and lighter body structure enhances agility, efficiency and safety – with an approximately 250-pound (113 kg) lower curb weight
Class-leading 106.3-inch (2,700 mm) wheelbase enhances roominess, contributing to greater rear-seat legroom and more rear knee room
Projector headlamps with light-emitting diode (LED) signature lighting – and LED daytime running lamps on uplevel models
More standard features than most competitors’ small cars such as 10 air bags, four-wheel disc brakes, rearview camera and available OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot
New, available features including wireless phone charging, heated rear leather seats and heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
Available advanced safety features include Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert
New model range for North America including L, LS, LT and Premier – and a more expressive RS package.

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“The new Cruze is truly one of Chevrolet’s most global vehicles,” said Batey. “With content variations dictated mostly by local market demands, customers in every corner of the globe will enjoy the same fundamental dynamics that are making Chevrolet one of the fastest-growing brands around the world.”

In 2017, Chevrolet will introduce a new diesel model for U.S. customers that builds on the success of the current Cruze diesel model.

Wind tunnel-optimized design
The 2016 Cruze’s expressive design balances the designers’ inspiration and the efficiency-optimizing input of wind tunnel testing – leveraging the aero experience of vehicles including the Volt. The result is one of the sleekest-looking cars in the class, with a 0.29 coefficient of drag – an attribute that contributes directly to a GM-estimated 40 mpg on the highway.

Proportionally, the new Cruze is 2.7 inches (68 mm) longer and nearly an inch (25 mm) shorter in height than the current model, giving it a longer and leaner appearance. A faster windshield rake and a faster-sloping rear profile lend a sportier look to the design, while the rear profile culminates in a standard integral rear spoiler that contributes to the car’s aero efficiency.

The sleek profile is complemented by detailed, layered line work in the hood and body-side panels, contributing to an overall impression of muscularity – with an athletic stance enhanced by a longer wheelbase.

“With styling influenced by the acclaimed 2014 Impala and all new Malibu, the 2016 Cruze brings Chevrolet’s new, expressive global design language to the small car segment,” said John Cafaro, executive director, Chevrolet Design. “The Cruze’s approach to proportion and premium details adds to Chevrolet’s elevation of craftsmanship, content, quality and a fresh interpretation of an identity that is unmistakably Chevrolet in every market around the world.”

The headlamps sweep back into the front fenders and an expressive, stacked dual-port grille design offers upscale attention to detail. LT and Premier models feature premium forward lighting systems, including projector-beam headlamps and LED signature daytime running lamps.

Additional design details include:

The center-rear stop lamp is mounted at the top of the roof line for a more refined appearance
Seamless rocker panels convey upscale attention to detail and contribute to aerodynamic performance
Polished aluminum, piano black and bright-finished accents provide a more contemporary, upscale aura to the design
The RS package includes unique grilles, front and rear fascias, fog lamps, front splitter, rocker panels, rear spoiler and 18-inch wheels on the Premier model.

Roomier, more-connected passenger space
With greater spaciousness and technology, the 2016 Cruze’s interior is designed to be more comfortable and a better connected environment for the driver and passengers.

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The greater spaciousness includes more rear legroom (36.1 inches / 917 mm) and two inches (51 mm) more rear knee room – more than Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra. Beyond the quantifiable, there’s greater perceptual spaciousness in the new Cruze, driven by flowing line work in the instrument panel, which blends almost seamlessly with the front door panels.

Like the exterior, the Cruze’s interior – and the instrument panel in particular – feature lean, muscular and layered surfaces built around the Chevrolet-signature dual-cockpit theme. It’s a thoroughly modern design that emphasizes human-technology interaction through the prominent, standard MyLink screen in the “center stack.”

A mixture of accents, from piano black and matte black finishes to bright trim, along with more premium features such as available heated rear leather seats and wireless phone charging, complement the cabin with an upscale ambience generally reserved for midsize sedans – but one that is becoming increasingly important to customers around the globe who want premium amenities in smaller vehicles.

Additional interior features and amenities include:

Unique center console design for North America with specific user interface details such as a repositioned shifter, more intuitive positioning of the cup holders and enhanced storage
More soft-touch surfaces and animal-grained, micro-etched surfacing that enhance the premium look and feel of the interior, as well as premium fabrics with French stitching, distinctive for its contrasting stitch colors. Premium leather is available
4.2-inch-diagonal high-resolution driver information center in the gauge cluster
Premium features including heated front cloth seats, heated rear leather-trimmed seats, and heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Through smartphone integration, Cruze’s all-new Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system provides simple and intuitive use of smartphones in the vehicle. It integrates certain phone functions onto the Cruze’s seven-inch-diagonal color touchscreen, allowing them to call up music, navigation apps and more. An uplevel MyLink radio with an eight-inch display and navigation is available and also incorporates Apple CarPlay.

Apple CarPlay takes the iPhone features owners want to access while driving and puts them on the vehicle’s display in a smart, simple manner. This allows drivers to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Apple CarPlay-supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third-party apps. A full list of those apps can be found at Apple.com/ios/carplay. Apple CarPlay is compatible with iOS 7.1 or higher.
Android Auto is built around Google Maps, Google Now and the ability to talk to Google, as well as a growing audio and messaging app ecosystem that includes WhatsApp, Skype, Google Play Music, Spotify and podcast players. A full list of supported apps is available at g.co/androidauto. Android Auto requires a phone running an Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system or higher.
Using both applications is simple. A “Projection” icon on the MyLink screen is visible when a phone is not connected, then changes to indicate CarPlay or Android Auto when a compatible phone is connected via USB.

Compatible apps need to be downloaded to a phone before using. Apple and Google’s privacy statements and terms of use apply. Data plan rates may also apply.

Complementing MyLink to enhance Cruze’s connectivity is available OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

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Larger, lighter and more dynamic
An all-new, more rigid and lighter architecture is the 2016 Cruze’s foundation for driving dynamism, while also playing significant roles in safety and efficiency. It is constructed of about 8-percent hot-stamped/high-strength steels, which contributes to an approximately 27-percent stiffer body structure that is also 53 pounds (24 kg) lighter than the current Cruze.

The lighter structure is also larger than the current model, with the new Cruze’s 106.3-inch (2,700 mm) wheelbase stretching nearly an inch longer, while supporting front and rear suspensions with wide tracks (60.8-inch front/61.3-inch rear). Aluminum is used strategically in the suspension systems to optimize weight and handling characteristics.

“The Cruze’s chassis system is perhaps the most mass-efficient in the segment,” said Ron Arnesen, executive chief engineer. “It is at the core of the car’s dynamic driving character, which is designed to deliver fun with an enhanced feeling of connectivity.”

Additionally, the new, more rigid architecture is the primary enabler for exceptional chassis tuning, affording more nimble and direct steering and handling attributes that foster driving confidence through precision. The longer wheelbase and wide front and rear tracks further contribute to a lower, wide “footprint,” which enhances agility and the feeling of control. Additional features include:

A proven MacPherson strut front suspension design with specially tuned bushings and geometry intended to balance handling with comfort
A torsion beam rear axle on L, LS and LT models; and an enhanced Z-link design on Premier. It helps deliver a more balanced driving experience, as the rear suspension better follows the lead of the front suspension
Rack-mounted electric power steering is standard on all models. It enhances efficiency because it removes the conventional power steering pump from the engine’s driven accessories
Four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife longer-life rotors are standard on all models
StabiliTrak electronic stability control, with traction control, rollover mitigation and anti-lock brakes, is standard
Wheel sizes ranging from 15 to 18 inches.

Power-dense, efficient turbocharged powertrain
In North America, the 2016 Cruze is driven by an all-new, standard 1.4L turbocharged engine derived from GM’s new family of small gas engines. It features direct injection, stop/start technology and is matched with a standard six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Stop/start technology helps enhance efficiency in stop-and-go driving.

The new 1.4L turbo is SAE-certified at 153 horsepower (113 kW) and 177 lb-ft of torque (240 Nm). With more torque than the current Cruze’s 1.4L turbo and a lighter architecture, the new turbocharged engine is expected to deliver segment-best 0-60 performance of 8 seconds. That makes the new Cruze quicker than most competitors, while also beating most of them at the gas pump, with a GM-estimated 40 mpg on the highway with automatic transmission.

The 1.4L turbo features an aluminum cylinder block and head, which helps reduce the Cruze’s overall weight to enhance performance and efficiency. Engine efficiency is also enhanced through reduced friction, including low-friction piston rings, a low-friction camshaft drive and a low-friction oil pump.

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The start/stop feature automatically shuts down the engine when the car comes to a stop under certain driving conditions, such as a stoplight. The engine automatically restarts when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake.

Advanced safety features
The 2016 Cruze’s safety story begins with the new, stronger body structure that incorporates high-strength steel in key areas to enhance strength and crash protection by helping to prevent intrusion into passenger compartment.

Cruze also returns with a segment-leading 10 standard air bags, including frontal driver and passenger air bags, roof rail-mounted head curtain side air bags that help protect the front and outboard rear seating positions; seat-mounted side-impact air bags (front and rear); and front knee air bags.

Available safety features include an expanded range of crash-avoidance technologies, including Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert.

Additional safety features include:

Front passenger seat occupant sensing system and rollover sensing and protection system
Collapsible pedal assembly to help protect against lower-extremity injuries
Three-point safety belts in all five seating positions, safety belt retractor pretensioners and lap pretensioners in the driver and front-passenger positions, and safety belt load limiters (with pretensioners) in the front safety belt retractors
LATCH child seat latching system in the rear seat
Tire pressure monitoring system, daytime running lamps
Automatic headlamps.

Manufacturing
For the United States, the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will be built at GM’s Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant, with locally and globally sourced components. The plant received a $50-million investment in tooling and other enhancements to support the new Cruze’s production.

CHEVROLET CRUZE FAST FACTS

Cruze is Chevrolet’s best-selling car around the world, with 3.5 million sold since it went on sale in 2008
Cruze sales in the U.S. in 2014 were 273,060 – a 10-percent increase over 2013
Fifty-three percent of U.S. Cruze customers are new to Chevrolet
In the U.S., Cruze is the segment’s second-best seller to customers under 25

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