It’s official! General Motors (GM) India will launch the Cruze with a new engine on June 27th, 2012 in New Delhi. The updated version will get a refreshed diesel engine, but there won’t be any cosmetic changes as expected.
Engine and Performance
The new Cruze will be powered by a 2.0-litre diesel motor that puts out 163 Bhp of power and 380 Nm of torque. When compared with the current model, the new Cruze engine is more powerful by 15 Bhp and 53 Nm. The new engine is mated to a new 6-speed manual gearbox replacing the 5-speed transmission in the outgoing model. However, the automatic variant of the Cruze facelift will retain the same 6-speed gearbox, which is a good thing.
Expect the new Cruze to offer better acceleration and top-end performance than the old Cruze. Further, the new Cruze may return better mileage due to the 6-speed manual gearbox. At present, the Cruze has a claimed mileage of 17.30 Kmpl.
Looks, space and comfort
Contrary to the earlier speculation, the new Cruze will have no cosmetic updates. Earlier, the company showcased the facelifted Cruze in Geneva and Busan Auto Shows for international markets. The facelift model had a redesigned grille and refreshed fog lamps.
However, for India, GM has planned to retain the same styling and thus the new Cruze will continue to look exactly same as the current model. That said, there may not be any improvement in the space and comfort as well. Also read: Cruze facelift coming soon
The upcoming Cruze will most likely have all the features of the current model such as steering mounted audio controls, automatic climate control, cruise control, push button start, rain sensing wipers, tilt & telescopic steering and reverse park assist. The safety features will include dual airbags and ABS.
Price and competition
The upcoming Cruze may be priced a little over the current model’s price range which is Rs. 12.54 lakh – Rs. 15.05 lakh. The upcoming Cruze will compete with the Toyota Corolla Altis, Skoda Laura and Volkswagen Jetta. Do you think the Cruze with new engine can improve its sales?