June 26, 2015: Chevrolet has introduced the second-generation Cruze , GM retails it in more than 40 countries and this 2016 sedan will go first on sale in North America starting early next year. Apart from an entirely new design and platform, Cruze packs best in class features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with new diesel and turbo petrol engines.
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In a few months from now, General Motor's quality product, Chevrolet Cruze is going to enter into its second generation. The car was revealed recently and now sheds its masculine look with a more flamboyant one. Besides the breathtaking looks, it also embraces Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with new diesel and turbo petrol engines. The premium sedan is expected to make Indian shores by next year. This vehicle is manufactured with great care to allure a targeted customer base, which expect certain kind of features in its category of automobiles. The looks are quite decent and along with that even the performance is very impressive. In order to make it a safe vehicle, it is enriched with quite many safety features, which offer strong protection. Mechanisms such as an immobilizer, anti-theft alarm, auto-door locking and unlocking are a few such features, which are made available in all the variants. Apart from these, there are child seat provisions, height adjustable seatbelts, dual airbags for enhanced protection along with side airbags are a few other features, which offer great protection to the occupants. The battery rundown protection, dual horn and an anti-lock braking system are functions that offer convenience to the driver and makes the drive more feasible. The external image is so well decorated with elements such as a company's bowtie, which is in gold and lits up the look from the front. The radiator grille is in chrome and is of dual port design. The front bumper is layered in body color and rear one is of dual tone and this along with the external mirrors, door handles too being in the body color makes the overall body look uniform and thus very elegant. The cabin is designed to have monotone jet black seats with titanium stitch highlights and these are mated with the premium black and titanium wraparound theme. This makes the cabin look very diverse and trendy at the same time. The top end trims are offered with leather upholstery and leather covered gear shift knobs too for richer feel and look. The triple pod instrument cluster has lot of notifications available within it. This further is given a blue illumination, which gives appeal to the cabin. A lot of storage space is offered in the compartment with storage in the front armrest and rear armrest with cup holders. Good lighting is available for having a pair of reading lamps fitted at the front and rear of the cabin. Now, when it comes to the driver centered functions, there are features like power steering with tilt and telescopic functions to it. This reduces the effort of the driver and hence offers a great comfort. Further, there is a clutch foot rest fitted too. The air conditioning unit is tropicalized electronic auto air conditioning unit with well placed vents. There is an audio system which can support multiple players and has been blessed with Bluetooth streaming as well.
This sedan is already considered one of the stylish models built by the American auto giant. The recently unveiled version looks even stylish with attractive new cosmetics and enhanced aerodynamics. The front grille gets sleeker with high gloss black finish. The company's logo has been repositioned in the center of this upper grille that renders it a new styling appeal. The air dam in the bumper portion has a hexagonal design with glossy black finish along with a thin chrome surround. The headlight cluster too gets sleeker, which is now incorporated with daytime running lights along with projector lamps. The front bumper has a masculine design featuring a black colored lip at the lower section. Furthermore, it also houses fog lamps featuring chrome accents. Its side profile has a spectacular design, which is something that represent the next level of styling and aerodynamics. Its fenders are beautifully carved, while the door panels have been crafted with character lines. This upcoming vehicle is seen with 5-twin spoke design rims that further adds to its modernistic appeal. The window sills are seen with chrome surround, while the B pillar gets a glossy black tape. The rear section too has been redesigned with new set of taillight cluster and bumper. The boot lid also gets a trendy new structure and is integrated with a decklid spoiler for added attraction. For added protection, its bumper is fitted with a pair of reflectors along with a lower cladding as well.
The manufacturer claims that the 2016 version is bigger and roomier than the existing model. However, it has not revealed the exact information about its dimensions. The existing trim has an overall length of 4597mm and a total width of about 1788mm without external mirrors. It stands at a good height of 1477mm. Its wheelbase is 2685mm and has a ground clearance of 165mm.
Editor's take : The Cruze has a very modern interior design, with a lot of features like keyless entry, button start and stop, flowing centre console that makes the inside look like a cockpit. The space is a bit cramped, especially the rear and so is ingress and egress.
The insides of their recently unveiled model has a black colored cabin with neat fit and finish. Its dashboard is made using high quality plastic and is decorated with leather upholstery featuring contrast stitching. The central console is fully loaded with advanced equipments like AC unit and a touchscreen infotainment system. Additionally, it also has glossy black finish along with metallic accents on it. The cabin is well furbished with multiple essential and decorative features. The seats are quite cushiony and offer much comfort to the occupants. Furthermore, the gear shift knob as well as the steering wheel too is covered with leather. The steering wheel has a new three spoke design and is decorated with gold plated company's logo along with metallic accents. The instrument cluster too has an attractive new look featuring sporty red dials and a multi-information display. All the control switches inside are illuminated that further adds to the convenience.
We can expect that the 2016 version to have all the comfort features, which are currently available in the existing version. At the same time, it is also slated to come with additional set of features for added comfort. At present, all the variants of the existing series are equipped with an array of comfort features. The very first function that serves as an immense benefit to the driver is the power steering featuring tilt and telescopic function. For the regulation of air temperature inside, there is an automatic air conditioning unit with dust filter and other essential functions. There are several other features available inside like electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors, follow me home headlamps, power windows, rear windscreen defogger, clutch foot rest, trunk room illumination. Then there is a driver's seat height adjuster, ignition key reminder, a cigarette lighter, sunglass holder and a programmable keyless entry with one push start/stop button.
Like mentioned above, this soon to be introduced sedan is claimed to have a spacious cabin than the existing version. Hence, we can expect roomy leg space, wider shoulder room and decent head space. The existing version has a headroom of 999mm at front and 963mm at the rear cabin. The legroom is of 1074mm at front and 917mm at rear, which is good.
Editor's take : The acceleration of the Cruze is good, and the upgraded power and increased number of gears has further enhanced the power. The 6-speed manual has well spread-out ratios.
At present, this sedan is available with a six speed manual transmission and an automatic transmission gearbox option, which propels the vehicle towards a top speed of 184 Kmph. In the meantime, they enables the vehicle to reach a 100 Kmph speed mark within 9.7 seconds.
Editor's take : The performance of an engine is good, and this is the reason why Chevrolet calls it the Diesel Rocket. The 163bhp of power is sufficient, though we will recommend the manual over the automatic.
At present, the manufacturer is offering this sedan with a 2.0-litre oil-burner as standard under the hood. It has a displacement capacity of about 1998cc. The motor is integrated with an advanced variable geometry turbocharger and a common rail direct injection fuel supply system. This enables the vehicle to produce a power of around 163.7bhp at 3800rpm and a torque output of 380Nm at 2000rpm. The top end variant gets this drive-train is mated to an automatic transmission gearbox, while the remaining trims are available with a manual gearbox. On the other hand, the 2016 version is said to be coming with 1.6-litre diesel and 1.4-litre petrol options. As for the diesel mill, this upcoming 1.6-litre mill is said to be replacing the 2.0-litre motor, but it is said to be powerful and good at fuel efficiency. We can expect that these engines might be available with both automatic and manual gearbox options.
Editor's take : The Cruze being a diesel has good fuel economy despite a powerful engine. This adds on to the advantage of the vehicle.
This sedan is currently available with a 2.0-litre VCDi motor only that is capable of delivering a maximum mileage of 17.3 Kmpl (with manual transmission) and 14.2 Kmpl (with automatic transmission). The company recently unveiled the 2016 version of Cruze, which is going to be available with a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.6 litre oil-burner. However, the manufacturer has not disclosed any information relating to the fuel efficiency of these mills.
Editor's take : The 163 horses produced by the Cruze makes it one of the most powerful sedans in its segment, either petrol or diesel.
The existing version with 1998cc mill has the ability to produce a maximum power of about 163.7bhp and can yield a torque of 380Nm. While the upcoming 1.6-litre power plant could produce power and torque figures close to the existing version. On the other hand, the petrol version might generate a power of 153bhp along with 240Nm of torque according to rumors.
Editor's take : The Cruze gets an integrated music system, with controls on the steering, push start button, keyless entry. Electrically adjustable driver’s seat.
Unlike any other sedan of its class, this 2016 version is going to be available with 4G LTE system along with WiFi hotspot facility. At the same time, it is also said that that vehicle will get GM's MyLink infotainment system featuring a 7-inch touchscreen display. It is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto function. At the same time, the company is also said to be offering an 8-inch display including a navigation function along with various other features. These will certainly help the vehicle to be a tough contender in the premium sedan segment.
Editor's take : The handling of the Cruze is good and alacrity of the chassis isn’t as good as the European competition, but it does the job of sticking to the ground.
There might not be any change in terms of braking and suspension system in the 2016 version. Hence, we can expect that its front and rear wheels should come fitted with ventilated disc brakes. There should be supporting features like anti-lock braking system. Whereas, electronic brake force distribution may be offered, as it is missing in the current version. As for the suspension, its front axle equipped with McPherson strut featuring linear cylindrical coil spring and tubular stabilizer bar system. While, its rear axle is integrated with a compound crank type with non-linear and mini-block coil spring. This suspension helps in having a smoother and controlled drive.
Editor's take : The safety features on the Cruze include airbags, ABS and even EBD. There is also a provision to attach child’s seat.
The 2016 version is said to be coming with new set of safety features like 10 airbags, electronic stability program, and rollover mitigation program. These features will certainly enhance the level of protection to the occupants inside. On the other other hand, the existing version is equipped with important aspects like an anti-lock braking system, an immobilizer, anti-theft alarm system and an auto door locking system. Both the front and rear bumpers have an impact proof mechanism, which can be up to almost four kilometers. There is an under-body coating available, which protects the chassis from getting rusted or from any other damages. The front seats are fitted with seatbelts which have height adjustment facility to them. Its front end is fitted with a pair of fog lamps, which offers clear visibility and is quite helpful while driving. There is a battery run down protection offered, which alerts the driver whenever the battery is on the verge of discharging completely. There are provisions for integrating child seats, which makes this vehicle family friendly. A pair of side airbags are fitted in the top end trims, which are of extra assistance.
As of now, all the trims are available with a set of 16 inches that are covered with a robust set of tyres of size 205/60 R16. On the other hand, the 2016 version is expected to come with bigger 17-inch rims as standard feature.
1. Interiors look very trendy and modern.
2. Insides are spacious for the roomy wheelbase.
3. All the trims have alloy wheels fitted.
4. The external image looks quite splendid.
5. A lot of comfort factors are available.
1. Ground clearance is not up to the mark.
2. Leather upholstery is missing in the base variant.
3. There is no navigation system available.
4. Mileage is not that great.
5. Price range can be more reasonable.
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