The Chevrolet Cruze sedan is one of the many cars in General Motors’ line up to get the new crop of ECOTEC turbo petrol engines. While General Motors is saving the major engine update for later, the car maker has effected minor changes on the India-spec Cruze. The 2014 Cruze gets wing mirrors with integrated turn indicators while the ARAI certified fuel efficiency of the Cruze Automatic gets a minor bump up by 0.5 Kmpl.
The new fuel efficiency of the Cruze Automatic is pegged at 16.8 Kmpl while that of the manual gearbox equipped Cruze remains unchanged at 17.3 Kmpl. The timing of these updates to the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze are interesting given the fact that Toyota has lined up the all-new, 2014 Corolla Altis for launch on the 27th of May. The 2014 Corolla Altis’ petrol variant gets a new CVT automatic gearbox with 7 stepped shifts.
The Altis equipped thus comes with a higher fuel efficiency rating. At this juncture, boosting the fuel efficiency of the Cruze Automatic seems like a step that will give Chevrolet salesmen something to talk about, especially with the impending launch of the 2014 Altis. The Cruze retains its 2 liter Z-Series turbo diesel engine that outputs 163 Bhp of peak power and 380 Nm of peak torque.
Apart from being offered with a 6 speed automatic gearbox, the Cruze comes with a 6 speed manual gearbox as standard. The car is the most powerful turbo diesel D-Segment sedan sold in India, known particularly for its thrilling straight line performance. While the Cruze isn’t great shakes around the corners, the car’s sharp styling and powerful turbo diesel engine make it a favourite among younger car buyers.
Competition to the Cruze comes from the likes of the Hyundai Elantra, the Volkswagen Jetta, the upcoming 2014 Toyota Corolla, the 2013 Skoda Octavia and the facelifted Renault Fluence. The Cruze is sold in three variants – LT Manual, LTZ Manual and LTZ Automatic. Prices start at 13.7 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi, going up to 16.2 lakh rupees.