2016 Chevrolet Cruze has been unveiled in Detroit with an all-new design, more technology and a significantly lighter platform. Despite being lighter by up to 113 kg, the new mid-size sedan is 68 mm longer than the outgoing model. It’s also 25 mm shorter in height and has a longer wheelbase of 2,700.
The striking design language has nothing in common with its predecessor. The narrow grille that flows into sleek headlamps reminds us of Camaro. Profile is characterized by smoothly arching roofline, chrome lined daylight opening and not so aggressive character lines. Angular taillights, sculpted boot lid and busy looking rear bumper round off the exterior design.
Modern dashboard houses piano black finished centre console with latest MyLink touchscreen infotainment system (supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel and an instrument console with a color MID. North American model also includes 10 airbags and heated front and rear seats.
With strategically used aluminium and hot stamped steel, the architecture of 2016 Cruze is 27% stiffer than the old car. Dynamics of the chassis is enhanced by electronic stability control, traction control, rollover mitigation and anti-lock brakes which are offered as standard fitments. Other safety features include Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert
North American model is powered by an improved version of 1.4-litre turbo petrol which puts out 153 PS and 240 Nm of torque. Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are on offer. The sedan can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in just 8 seconds while delivering a claimed fuel efficiency of 40 mpg.
Chevrolet could launch 2016 Cruze in India next year to compete with the likes of Skoda Octavia, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, Renault Fluence, etc.