Let’s take a close look at the features that make Cruze one of the most exciting premium sedans in the country today.
Since its launch in February 2010, the Cruz has rapidly become one of the best-selling cars among premium sedans. In the past 6 months, Chevrolet has sold 4,773 units of the Cruze. For the last 3 months, Cruz had been outselling the segment leader, Toyota Corolla Altis. In June, the Cruze sold 860 units, with the Altis selling 629 units.
The Cruze is powered by a 2.0 litre diesel motor that produces 148 bhp of maximum power and a maximum torque of 327 Nm. The Cruze is known for its sporty styling, great handling and ‘fun to drive’ nature.
One of the reasons for the popularity of the Cruze is that it comes loaded with features. Compared to other cars in the segment, the Cruze offers a 6-speed automatic gearbox, an electronically adjustable rear view mirror etc which is not found with its competitors. Let’s take a closer look at those features.
Style statement: The Cruze is one of the best looking cars in its segment. The rakish headlights, large bow-tie GM signature grille and the well sculpted front bumpers give the car, a bold road stance. The side profile and the attractive tail lamps cluster further boost the car’s dynamic characteristics.
Central console: The insides of the Cruze feel like the cockpit of a fighter jet with all the edgy design and sharp lines. The central console houses two key features of the Cruze: the audio system and the automatic climate control. The music system is impressive and sound quality is good. The information about the automatic climate control is displayed on a large screen integrated into the central console.
Steering-mounted audio controls: The Cruze also sports steering mounted audio controls that have become quintessential for vehicles in the highly competitive mid-sized sedan segment. The controls can be used to surf channels and also to control volume.
Cruise control: The car also features a steering mounted control for cruise control. The feature is useful while driving over long stretches on clear expressways allowing the driver to cruise at a preset constant speed effortlessly.
Automatic transmission: The top trim Cruze AT comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Gear shifts are smooth and although the system does not provide the kind of control that a manual transmission would, it is apt for city driving. The gear lever looks sporty and premium, it is also easy to grip thanks to its positioning.
Electronically adjusted rear view mirror: A feature the Cruze can boast about is the electronically adjustable rear view mirror. This feature is an elegant and subtle touch that makes the car feel like a notch above its segment.
Rain-sensing wipers: Another interesting feature on board the Cruze AT is the rain sensing wipers which automatically get engaged when the sensors detect rainfall. This feature too is one that is rare in cars of this segment and is usually found in premium luxury sedans.
These features coupled, with tempting price tag of roughly Rs 15 lakh, makes the Cruze an irresistible proposition for buyers looking for a little bit more than just a comfortable car.