One of the most popular automaker Chevrolet has rolled out the facelifted version of Chevrolet Cruze in Indian automobile markets. There are currently three trims available in this model series out of which, Chevrolet Cruze LT is is the base version powered by a 2.0-litre diesel mill. The company has updated the exterior profile of this luxury sedan while keeping the interiors untouched. Also there is no update given to the engine technicalities of this luxury sedan. In terms of exteriors, the all new facelifted version of Cruze received revamped front and rear bumpers painted in body color and it has been accentuated with chrome. This luxury sedan will now feature a dual port front radiator grille with a large emblem of the company. Apart from this, the facelifted version of Chevrolet Cruze has been blessed with chrome garnished door handles, new style alloy wheels and other updates. There is no doubt that this facelifted version will give a tough competition to the other vehicles such as Volkswagen Jetta, Toyota Corolla among others in the automobile segment. Inside this sedan, there are lots of other features that have been equipped, which makes the interiors more comfortable and luxurious than any other sedan of its class.
The Chevrolet Cruze LT is the entry level sedan in its model series, but it has got striking exterior cosmetics. This luxury sedan is definitely one of the best looking models you can purchase from the automobile market. Its front facade, side profile and the rear are incredibly stylish and will give you a pleasant feel by getting your attention in the first impression. On its front facade, you can notice the improved dual bezel headlamps that have been incorporated powerful lamps. This headlight cluster surrounds the new style dual port front grille that has been fitted with a gold plated Chevrolet badge. On the front, the design of the bumper gets a re-treatment with an improved air dam. The fog lamps area gets chrome garnish, which will further enhance the front appeal. The side profile of this premium sedan has been blessed with all new chrome garnished door handles, while the ORVMs have been painted in body color. The wheel arches have been blessed with a new design 16-inch alloy wheels that adds a sporty appeal to the sides. The rear profile of this sedan too received an improved bumper that refreshes the rear end. The overall look of the new Chevrolet Cruze is beautiful that will definitely turn the heads on the go.
Coming to the interiors of this Chevrolet Cruze LT trim, it gets well-proportioned and the sculpted seats, which offer good support to the occupants. Inside the environment is very appealing with a dual tone color scheme, wherein the dashboard has been packed with advanced instruments and functions. The company has used Jet Black and Medium Titanium color scheme to get all black interiors with a sporty finish. This makes the interiors look good just like any top end luxury saloon in the automobile industry. The instrument cluster incorporated to the dashboard has the option to control the amount of illumination, while displaying important information to the driver. There are a number of utility based functions incorporated inside this vehicle that includes a 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, front center armrest with storage and a sliding lid, rear seat armrest with cup holders, reading lamp, storage compartment and various other functions. The instrument cluster offers information regarding Trip distance, average speed, average fuel consumption, and distance to empty with instantaneous consumption.
Engine and Performance:
This facelifted version of Chevrolet Cruze LT is blessed with a 2.0-litre, VCDi based diesel mill, which has been integrated with four cylinders and 16 valves. This engine comes with a DOHC valve configuration and produces a displacement capacity of about 1998cc. This engine has been equipped turbocharger that allows the engine to generate a maximum power of 163bhp at the rate of 3800rpm, while producing 380Nm of peak torque output at the rate of 2000rpm. This sophisticated engine has been skillfully mated to a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox that enables this sedan to reach a speed of 100kmph from the standstill in just 10.24 seconds, which is incredible. On the other hand, this engine has the ability to return a peak mileage of about 17.3Kmpl, which is fairly decent.
Braking and Handling:
The company has given utmost importance to the braking and handling aspects of this luxury sedan. Both the front and rear wheels have been packed with large ventilated disc brakes that gets the assistance from ABS braking mechanism. The handling aspects of this vehicle has been made better by offering it with a robust suspension system. Its front axle is fitted with McPherson Strut accompanied with Linear Cylindrical Coil Spring along with Tubular Stabilizer Bar System. The rear axle has been blessed with Compound Crank Type with Non-Linear and Mini-Block Coil Spring.
The comfort features offered inside this new trim are best in class and they will definitely offer a luxurious experience to the passengers inside. This luxury sedan is already spacious from inside and it is complimented by some of the most lavish set of features. The list includes an air conditioner system, power steering system, programmable smart screen, steering mounted audio controls, power adjustable outside mirrors, height adjustable front and rear headrest, programmable follow me home headlamps, cigarette lighter, foldable key with remote door lock, illuminated vanity mirror with lid, rear accessory power socket and lots more. This luxury sedan also blessed with an integrated music player with CD/MP3, Radio, Aux-In and USB support, which will enhance the entertainment inside.
There are number of safety and protective aspects incorporated to this facelifted version. The company has now added the front side air bags that provides additional protection to the occupants inside. There are number of protective features incorporated to this trim that includes immobilizer system, anti theft alarm, auto door unlock in case of crash, under-body coating, child seat mounting provision, dual horn, powerful halogen head lamps, anti lock braking system and various other advanced functions.
Pros: Refreshing new style and appearance, best in class comfort features.
Cons: No sun roof, mileage can be better, price tag can be competitive.