General Motors has just unveiled the next-generation, 2016 Chevrolet Cruze sedan, which will also spawn a hatchback variant for international car markets. The 2016 Cruze will soon arrive into India and the 2016 Indian Auto Expo will be the big ticket event where the car’s will be officially displayed. While the 2016 Cruze is a next-generation model based on the D2XX architecture, we can’t help but ask this question. Why does the new Cruze look so much like a Hyundai? The muscular styling of the outgoing Cruze makes way for a flurry of design flourishes on the new car, making it look more like a Hyundai than a Chevrolet. Not good, in our opinion at least.
While the looks may not be to everyone’s liking, the 2016 Cruze does have a lot going for it under the skin. For starters the new car’s a full 113 kilograms lighter, despite being larger than the outgoing model. The 2016 Cruze’s length (4,665 mm) measures 68mm longer than the outgoing model, while the wheelbase has gone up to 2,700 mm (up from the outgoing car’s 2,685 mm). The new car also sits lower with height dropping by 25 mm. These changes make for a longer, lower slung sedan that’s also more spacious on the inside. Better packaging on the inside has led to the rear legroom seeing a raise. The new Cruze will be more spacious than the Hyundai Elantra.
The new shape of the car has resulted in a drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.29, and this slipperiness should help fuel efficiency. The 1.4 liter turbo petrol motor of the car is an all new unit, with bumped up power and torque levels of 153 Bhp and 240 Nm. This motor will be offered with 6 speed manual and automatic transmission options. Word on the diesel motor is not out though. Chevrolet will do well to retain the Z-Series mill that powers the current Cruze as the engine has more than enough pep to keep up with competition. On the inside, the 2016 Cruze gets new equipment and safety features.
The innards also see a complete redesign although the dual cockpit design has been retained. Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert are some of the new safety features, which may not make it to the India-spec version though. And so could be the case with the 10 strong airbag package. The infotainment interface will use Chevrolet’s latest generation MyLink package, with built-in compatibility for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The new car is expected to be pricier than the outgoing model considering the big bump up in features. Expect General Motors India to launch the new Cruze here sometime later next year.