SPRUCED POPULAR CRUZE: Chevrolet's new Cruze has been unveiled in the US and could arrive locally in 2016. Image: Chevrolet
• Cruze larger but lighter
• New 1.4 turbo engine
• Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
• Advanced adaptive safety
DETROIT, Michigan – Chevrolet has unveiled its 2016 Cruze – larger but lighter and a more efficient and sophisticated evolution of the brand’s best-selling global car, says the automaker.
Chevrolet South Africa says we'll only receive the car after its launch in the US in 2016 or possibly in 2017.
Chev SA said: "The next generation Chevrolet Cruze will be introduced to the South African market at a later stage. Model range, specification, and pricing will be announced at time of launch."
LIGHTER, BIGGER, BETTER
The automaker claims the new car is packed with technology such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and new active safety features, as well as a more spacious interior and an athletic, aerodynamic design.
IMAGE GALLERY: Chevrolet Cruze 2016
It will be offered in more than 40 markets and go on sale first in North America in early 2016. It will be powered by a new 1.4 turbocharged engine with direct injection kicking out 10kW more than before to 113kW/240Nm. There's also a six-speed auto available with stop/start function.
Fuel consumption is rated at a claimed 5.9 litres/100km.
The new Cruze is 113kg lighter thanks to overall weight reduction which also contributes to its 100km/h sprint in eight seconds.
VIDEO: 2016 Chevrolet Cruze revealed
GM North America president, lan Batey, said: "The 2016 Cruze builds on a successful programme that introduced Chevrolet to new customers the world over. 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."
• Next-generation Chevrolet MyLink with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability.
• Claimed highway range of 853km per tank
• Stronger, lighter body structure
• 270cm wheelbase
• Projector headlights with LED signature lighting
• 10 crash bags, all-wheel disc brakes, rearview camera and available OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot
• Wireless phone charging, heatable rear leather seats and heatable, leather-wrapped steering wheel
• Safety features include side blind-zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assistant and forward collision alert
• New model range for North America: L, LS, LT and Premier – and more expressive RS package.
NEW DIESEL ON WAY
In 2017, Chevrolet will introduce a new diesel model for US customers that builds on the success of the current Cruze diesel derivative.
With greater spaciousness and technology, the automaker claims the 2016 Cruze’s interior is designed to be more comfortable and a better connected environment for the driver and passengers. There’s more rear legroom (917mm) and 51mm more rear knee room – that’s larger than Ford’s Focus and Hyundai’s Elantra.
Chevrolet says through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, Cruze’s new MyLink infotainment system provides simple and intuitive use of smartphones in the vehicle. It integrates certain phone functions onto the Cruze’s colour touchscreen, allowing them to call up music, navigation apps and more via compatibility with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and more.
SA-BOUND: Chevrolet South Africa says the new Cruze could arrive locally following its launchin the US in 2016. Image: Chevrolet