Since its first launch in 2011, the Chevrolet Cruze is set to undergo a complete redesign to hook it with new modern touches. This new Cruze is Chevrolet’s most selling model and the automaker hopes to continue the sales momentum with the new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze. The new vehicle will be sleeker with a coupe-like body, more spacious, fuel efficient and with up to date technology features.
New Chevrolet Cruze 2016 Exterior
The new Chevrolet Cruze will shed around 250 pounds due to the manufacture’s use of lightweight materials such as aluminum and high-strength steel. The new design takes a wedge shape and borrows much from the sister models i.e. the Chevrolet Malibu and Impala while its aerodynamics borrow from the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid.
The new aerodynamics will impact on its fuel economy. The vehicle features a torsion-beam rear axle, with the top trim featuring an enhanced “Z-link’ (Watt’s linkage). Other exterior features will include a stylish grille design with narrow headlights on the front. The rear of the Cruze will spot a short deck and a subtle rear spoiler which adds to the vehicle’s aero efficiency as well as complement its sloping back end. The new vehicle is slightly longer than the predecessor model by about 2.7 inches.
2016 Chevrolet Cruze Interior
This vehicle is known for its handsome interior and the new model does not disappoint. New features include a wireless phone charging option, Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which make it possible for drivers to operate many of Smartphone functions through the car’s touchscreen. Other features include an OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in WiFi hotspot. The interior will feature a new piano black and matte black finish.
The next-gen of 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will be offered in four trim levels i.e. L, LS, LT and Premier will also feature leather upholstery, heated leather seats as well as a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel. For safety purposes, higher trim levels will feature a blind spot monitoring system, a lane keep assist function, forward collision warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. A rearview camera will come as standard for all trim levels. The rear seat has plenty of leg and foot room even for tall passengers.
Engine, Specs and Performance
Under the hood of the new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze you will find a new turbocharged engine. Now, turbocharging used to be an option for higher trim levels in predecessor models. The new powertrain will be a 1.4L turbocharged inline-4 engine that will produce 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. This engine will be mated with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed auto transmission system.
The new Chevrolet will move from 0-60 mph in only 8 seconds and will have a fuel economy of 40 mpg on the highway with the automatic transmission system but this number is yet to be confirmed by EPA. All automatic variants will feature a gas-saving stop/start technology that puts the engine off at stoplights. Rumors indicate that the 2017 model will feature a 1.6 L turbodiesel engine which will be the best diesel engine in the industry when it comes out.
Price and release date
No official information has been released by the automaker about its price and release date; however, we expect the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze to be released in early 2016. The base trim of the model is expected to cost around $17,000.