General Motors has unveiled the second generation Cruze at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, in what was a global premiere for one of the top selling cars in the American automaker’s product line up. The 2014 Cruze is based on the D2XX platform that is General Motors’ answer to Volkswagen’s MQB platform.
Over the next few years, the D2XX platform will underpin a range of cars, from sub-compacts to big, butch pick up trucks, across a flurry of brands under the General Motors umbrella. The biggest change on the 2015 Cruze, apart from the new platform, is the way the car now looks.
General Motors’ new design language comes through in the styling of the 2015 Cruze, with the car featuring a new front end with a hexagonal front grille, a new bumper, a coupe like rear and totally revamped tail lamps. The car’s interiors also get a major makeover in keeping with the changes on the outside.
Expect additional features and creature comforts on the 2015 Cruze. However, it remains to be seen whether the 2015 Cruze comes with larger dimensions as the space offered for rear seat occupants has been on the lower side in the outgoing model. Additional space on the inside is therefore expected to be much appreciated by new buyers.
The Cruze is the first product in the D2XX platform and will continue to be offered with turbo petrol and turbo diesel engine options. The all-new D2xx platform based 2015 Cruze is also expected to dig into General Motors’ new range of EcoTec petrol engines.
The car is likely to make its American debut at a major motor show by the end of this year. Actual sales are expected to commence from next year. The 2014 Cruze will eventually arrive into India, where it is likely to continue being assembled through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route.