Chevrolet India, one of the higly acclaimed automaker in the country has rolled out the facelifted version of its luxury sedan model, Chevrolet Cruze in the country. The company has updated all the variants available in the model series including the mid range trim Chevrolet Cruze LTZ. This model has received major cosmetic updates in the form of a re-treated headlight cluster, new design front and rear bumpers, alloy wheels and chrome garnished door handles. Also the company has improved the safety aspects of this facelifted version by adding front and side air bags. The company hasn't made any changes to any of its technical specifications and it has equipped the same 2.0-litre VCDi diesel power plant under the hood. Also there are no changes made to the interior cabin section of this premium sedan model as the company retained the all black interiors with same set of features inside. Some of the features include integrated music system with CD/MP3 and Radio player, Bluetooth music streaming leather seating upholstery, electric sun roof with pinch guard and protective mesh, steering mounted audio controls and lots more. This luxury sedan also blessed with state-of-art design protective features that would provide enhanced safety to the passengers inside.
The exterior design of this luxury sedan is now looking impressive with a re-designed bumper, front radiator grille along with a few other cosmetic improvements. This luxury sedan looks bolder and very aggressive in comparison to any other sedan model of its class. On its frontage, it has received an improved dual port grille with a large Chevrolet badge. This radiator grille is surrounded with a radiant headlight cluster that gets a bit of refurbishment. This dual bezel design headlight cluster adds aggressive look to the front facade and makes it look powerful from the front. Furthermore, the design of the bumper gets a re-treatment and it is incorporated with a sleek air dam and fog lights with chrome surround. The side profile of this premium sedan gets the chrome plated door handles and the body colored external rear view mirrors, while the wheel arches have been fitted with a new set of 16 inch alloys that adds to the sportier appeal of this trim. On the rear end, the company has updated the design of the bumper, while keeping rest of the profile unchanged. Chevrolet has designed this four wheeler with an overall length of about 4,597mm, width of about 1,788mm and with a decent height 1,477mm. On the other hand, this luxury sedan gets the larger wheelbase of about 2685mm along with a minimum ground clearance of 165mm, which is quite good.
The interior section of this sedan gets a plush environment with a two tone color scheme of jet black and medium titanium wraparound color scheme. This helped the company to bring in a sporty finish inside the cabin. The design of the dashboard is very stylish and it has been incorporated with several advanced equipments including Triple Pod Instrument Cluster that comes with Icy Blue Illumination and Chrome Surround. The seats fitted inside the cabin are wide and very comfortable and they have been covered with premium leather upholstery. The gearshift knob and the steering wheel has also been wrapped in leather upholstery. The leather wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel has been incorporated with audio control buttons, which will add to the conveniences of the driver. The company has incorporated some of the features inside the cabin including a front center armrest with storage and sliding lid, rear seat armrest with cup holders, reading lamps and several other fascinating functions.
Engine and Performance:
This facelifted version of Chevrolet Cruze LTZ trim gets the same 2.0L VCDi diesel power plant under the hood, which has been incorporated with four cylinders and 16 valves in it and comes with a DOHC valve configuration. This engine has the ability to produce a displacement capacity of 1998cc that helps it to produce 163bhp at the rate of 3800rpm, while generating a maximum torque output of about 380Nm at the rate of 2000rpm. This VCDi diesel power plant has been further equipped with a turbocharger, that enhances its power and performance. The company has skillfully fitted this engine with a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox that powers the front wheels of this sedan and enables it to reach a speed of about 100 kmph from a standstill in just about 10.24 seconds.
Braking and Handling:
The company never compromised on the braking and handling aspects of the vehicle. The company has fitted the front and rear wheels of this sedan with large ventilated disc brakes both that are highly efficient and offers precise braking. In order to enhance the braking mechanism, the company has incorporated the ABS (Anti Lock Braking system) that prevents the locking of wheels and reduces the risk of skidding. On the other hand, the front axle of this luxury sedan is blessed with McPherson Strut type of suspension loaded with Linear Cylindrical Coil Spring and Tubular Stabilizer Bar System. The rear axle of this luxury sedan has been blessed with Compound Crank Type with Non-Linear and Mini-Block Coil Spring.
The facelifted version of Chevrolet Cruze is undeniably one of the spacious and luxurious sedan model available in the segment. This luxury sedan has been packed with lots of sophisticated yet luxurious features that offers higher level of comfort to all the occupants. The comfort features list includes push button ignition On/Off, power steering system with tilt and telescopic function, tropicalized electronic auto air conditioning system, programmable smart screen, 6-way power adjustable driver seat, power adjustable outside mirrors, rear windscreen defogger, illuminated vanity mirror with lid, 4-channel rear park assist, rain sensitive wiper system and lots more.
As far as the safety aspects are concerned, this Chevrolet Cruze LTZ variant has been equipped with many active and passive safety features that are technically sophisticated. Some of those protective functions include the Anti-lock braking system, front and side airbags height adjustable front seat belts, dual horn, under body coating, front fog lamps and so on. Apart from these, the Chevrolet Cruze LTZ trim also blessed with child seat mounting provision, battery run down protection, engine immobilizer system, anti-theft alarm, programmable auto door locking and unlocking in case of crash are just to name a few.
Pros: Powerful diesel engine, comfort features, safety features, interior.
Cons: Mileage and transmission.