Chevrolet Cruze Facelift to launch by year end?

The Chevrolet Cruze facelift first made an appearance at the 2013 Busan Motor Show in South Korea. This very car could replace the current Chevrolet Cruze sedan in the Indian market.

The facelifted Cruze, according to a tweet from Rohin Nagrani of BSMotoring, will be launched in India by the end of this year. General Motors sells the Cruze with a single turbo diesel engine option and two gearbox options, in manual and automatic modes. The 2 liter Z series engine was introduced in the Indian version of the Cruze just last year. This engine will be carried over unchanged and so will the six speed manual and automatic gearboxes.

The new Z series turbo diesel engine, with 166 PS-380 Nm, is significantly more powerful than the engine it replaced last year. Also, the engine comes with a bunch of improvements like an improved turbo charger design that reduces turbo lag and a new cam chain that replaces the cam belt to reduce maintenance.  So, with the engine and transmission options being retained on the facelifted Cruze, the major changes will be limited to the cosmetic bits on the outside and a feature or two on the inside. Here are the changes one may expect to see on the facelifted Chevrolet Cruze:

  • Slightly pushed back front grille for a front overhang that visually appears longer
  • New front bumper
  • New rear bumper
  • Revised fog lamp housings
  • Revised seat upholstery
  • New 16 inch alloy wheels

These changes were first seen on the Cruze that was unveiled at Busan and the same are expected to be carried over to the Indian version as well. The Chevrolet Cruze is currently sold in 3 variants, LT, LTZ and LTZ Automatic. The same variant line up could be carried over to the facelifted Cruze as well since the facelift is a minor operation. For additional leg room, a weak spot in the current Cruze, prospective buyers will have to wait for the next generation version of the car, which will be launched globally only in 2015. The next gen Cruze will get larger than the current model.

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