Imagery and details of the facelifted 2015 Chevrolet Cruze sedan have been revealed ahead of the car’s 2014 New York Motor Show debut later this week. The facelifted Cruze looks nothing like the China-spec version that was leaked to the interweb a few days ago, suggesting that the China-spec model is just that, a version of the Cruze tailormade for the Chinese domestic market. The arrival of the 2015 Cruze in its home market of the United States also means that General Motors is still sometime away from the next-generation, all-new model of the Cruze, based on the new D2XX platform.
The 2015 Cruze facelift gets a mildly update front end. The grille gets a tweak, the bumper a reprofiling, the fog lamp inserts show a new design, daytime running LEDs get added, the alloy wheels get a refresh and the turn indicators move from the wing mirrors to the front bumper. These changes apart, the 2015 Cruze is bog similar to the version currently on sale. On the inside, tweaks to the 2015 Cruze include redesigned cup holders and a new button pattern with the bootlid release button moving to the center console while the central locking functions move to the doors from the center console.
The more substantial changes on the 2015 Cruze rest in the infotainment module of the car. The OnStar infotainment module gets 4g LTE (long term evolution) connectivity. An in-car WiFi hotspot allows upto seven devices to be connected. Apple devices running iOS6 and beyond can be synced with the car’s infotainment system by means of the Siri EyesFree voice assist system. Additional USB slots and Bluetooth text readout are the two other gains on the 2015 Cruze’s infotainment unit. Although General Motors is yet to talk engines and gearboxes, the current line up of turbo petrol and turbo diesel motors likely to be carried over unchanged.
General Motors launched a facelifted Cruze in India last year and the American car maker gave its flagship sedan a mild makeover earlier this year. The 2015 Cruze isn’t expected to make it to Indian shores for at least a year from now. With the D2XX platform-based all-new Cruze on the anvil for 2015, there’s a fat chance that the Indian Cruze will directly move to the all new platform rather than witnessing another facelift. In India, the Cruze is sold with a solitary, 2 liter Z-Series turbo diesel motor (161 Bhp-380 Nm) and choices of two transmissions: a 6 speed manual and a 6 speed automatic.