2016 Chevy Cruze is not only one of the best selling cars in the United States but has also established its reputation as a highly reliable subcompact car in other parts of the world including China. The model which was initially introduced in 2008 by Chevrolet was inspired by a Japanese car by the same name which was developed by General Motors during 2001 – 2008 as collaboration with leading Japanese automaker – Suzuki. 2016 Chevy Cruze has a compact 4 door sedan configuration unlike its predecessor which had a 5 door hatchback configuration.
2016 Chevy Cruze presents a wide range of power transmission possibilities including a 6 speed manual or automatic power transmission in addition to a more exotic & efficient dual clutch 7 speed automatic gear box. One should note that the model has a transverse engine placement in addition to a primary front wheel drive platform.
2016 Chevy Cruze: Redesign Exterior
Next generation Chevy Cruze is said to be developed using the much acclaimed “Delta II platform” which has been developed by parent company – General Motors. It exhibits a very clean appearance with a relatively unique bisected grille. Also it has been fitted with a host of LED day time running lamps in addition to its newly installed HID head lamps. 2016 Cruze also features a dynamic rear end design that is one of the most crucial aspects of the model responsible for increasing global sales.
2016 Chevy Cruze: Engine Specs
2016 Chevy Cruze is expected to retain its previous power train; however it is more likely to be customized for better performance, fuel efficiency & increased power output. The main attraction among its engine components is a redesigned turbo diesel 2.0L unit which is currently based on its “small engine architecture”. Also, models slated for an exclusive release in Chinese markets have been provided with two optional power trains – a turbo charged 1.4L engine or a 1.5L naturally aspirated engine.
2016 Chevy Cruze: Release Date, Price, Competitors
2016 Chevy Cruze is expected to be unveiled at the 2015 Auto Show which is to be held in Los Angeles, California. Authorities might also consider shifting the official debut of the model to January next year at the much awaited Detroit Motor Show. According to most company insiders, 3rd generation Chevy Cruze is speculated to have an estimated price of $ 20 000 or below for its base models.
2016 Chevy Cruze might face stiff completion from similar compact cars by other major car bands such as – Ford Focus, Dodge Dart, Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Volkswagan Jetta etc. Mazda 3 also features the same DCT 7 speed gear box as in Chevy Cruze while Ford Focus offers a unique Manual Control Shift mode. It should be noted that the model has undergone a significant amount of curb weight reduction in addition to a greatly improved fuel economy. This is a result of a revolutionized approach towards engine development – Chevy Cruze employs an Ecotec inline 4 cylinder based engine that has both turbo charged & direct injection capabilities.