Available for both sedan and hatchback models, but only in LT trim

Introduced for the 2016 model year, the second-generation Cruze represents a massive upgrade over the previous model. Sportier and more elegant on the outside, the new Cruze also boasts a roomier interior with better materials that give it a near-premium feel. The new D2XX platform, shared with the Chevy Volt and Equinox and the Opel Astra, as well as the turbocharged, 1.4-liter engine also deliver a more dynamic feel and enhanced fuel economy. Come 2017 and the Cruze receives the Redline Edition treatment at the Chicago Auto Show.

Launched alongside similar special-edition versions of the Malibu, Camaro, Trax, Equinox, Traverse, Colorado, and Silverado, the Cruze Redline Edition is essentially the production version of several almost production-ready concepts showcased throughout 2015 and 2016. The aim is to give potential Cruze customers a few customization options, a feat that’s pretty rare in the non-premium compact segment. On the other hand, the package isn’t available on all trims, which means you need a solid budget to take a Redline Edition home.

Chevrolet has yet to announce when the Cruze Redline Edition will hit dealerships, but said that all these models will become available for purchase by the end of 2017. Until then, let’s have a closer look at what this special-edition version brings to the table.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Cruze Redline Edition.

What makes the Chevrolet Cruze Redline Edition special

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Much all the other Redline Editions unveiled in Chicago, the Cruze stands out from the pack by means of black five-spoke rims with red hash marks, black "Cruze" lettering with a red outline, blacked-out nose and bumper grilles, and black Chevrolet "bowtie" logos. The blacked-out elements work well with the silver exterior paint of the cars seen in the official photos, much more so since the Cruze also sports black mirror caps, B-pillars, and window trim.

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The Redline Edition package is available for both sedan and hatchback model, but only in LT trim, which is the second most expensive model, slotted just below the range-topping Premium version.

The Redline Edition package is available for both sedan and hatchback model, but only in LT trim, which is the second most expensive model, slotted just below the range-topping Premium version. The vehicles shown in the press photos also have "RS" badges, meaning you can still select the RS package on Redline Edition cars.

There’s no word on what changes inside, but look for a couple of special features such as sport pedals and "Redline" side sills too. The good news here is that the LT trim comes with a long list of standard features, including 10 airbags, StabiliTrak ESC, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, a six-speaker audio system, steering wheel-mounted controls, cruise control, rear-view camera, and a tire pressure monitor.

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There's no word on what changes inside, but look for a couple of special features such as sport pedals and "Redline" side sills too.

Under the hood, the current Cruze is available with just one engine, regardless of trim and options. Specifically, power comes from a turbocharged, 1.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. The Cruze LT can be had with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Pricing is not yet available, but expect it to cost a bit more than the standard LT trim. For reference, the Cruze LT sedan starts from $21,025, while the Cruze LT hatch retails from $22,115.

Press Release

Today, Chevrolet announced the introduction of the Redline special edition series at the Chicago Auto Show. Available on nine Chevrolet cars, trucks and crossovers, Redline is the broadest cross-portfolio special edition ever offered by the brand.

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Redline made its debut in concept form at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Inspired by a strong positive reception from customers and the success of special editions across the portfolio, Chevrolet expanded Redline across nine vehicles in the car, truck and crossover segments:

Cruze LT (sedan and hatchback)
Malibu LT
Camaro LT/SS (coupe and convertible)
Trax LT
Equinox LT
Traverse Premier
Colorado LT
Silverado Double Cab LT Z71, Crew Cab LTZ Z71

“Redline is another example of Chevrolet bringing SEMA concepts to showrooms,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. “The SEMA show has proven to be a great way to identify customization trends in the industry, and quickly apply those trends to our most popular Chevrolet models. Based on the strong interest Redline attracted at the show, we believe they will be very popular with customers looking for standout cars, trucks, and crossovers.”

All Redline vehicles are equipped with black wheels featuring distinct red hash marks, black nameplates with a red outline, blacked-out grilles and black Chevrolet bowtie logos.

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From there, vehicles feature design elements tailored to the preferences of those specific customers. For example, the Silverado and Colorado Redlines feature red tow hooks, while Camaro Redline features unique black hash marks above the wheels, a design cue taken from Chevy’s long heritage in motorsports.

“Our special edition lineup has been popular with customers and dealers, alike” said Sweeney. “Since the introduction of special editions on vehicles the like Silverado and Camaro, vehicle average transaction prices have increased, time to turn has decreased, and conquest rates have risen, which has contributed to making Chevrolet the fastest-growing brand in the industry two years in a row.”

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Silverado Redlines are the first available for purchase; orders can be placed at Chevrolet dealerships now. Availability will be cadenced, and all Redline vehicles will be available for purchase by the end of 2017 calendar year.

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