Automakers these days are focussing more on the styling of their fleet keeping the basic comfort and convenience factors while designing a car. The same is the case with the upcoming 2016 Chevrolet Cruze. Shedding off its look which it wore for almost 8 years, the 2016 Chevy Cruze is arriving with a bolder appearance and numerous aspects which were missing in the first generation.
Surely, this version deserves to be labelled as the second generation Cruze with all the aspects it is arriving with. As per the latest information, the new Chevy Cruze will land on the Philippine soil somewhere in May 2016, though, this news is yet to receive a confirmation from Chevy headquarters. The latest revisions given to this drive is said keeping the updations given to its closest rivals Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla Altis in mind.
Let's have a look at what this the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is up to-
The current Chevrolet Cruze comes with an option of 1.8-litre DCVCP and 2.0-litre turbo power unit but the American sedan will now house a humble yet power-packed engine worth 1.4-litre. This turbo engine is capable of delivering 153 hp of power along with 240 Nm of torque which is pretty decent.
Mated with 6-speed HydraMatic GT35 automatic/ 6-speed manual gearbox, this 1.4-litre powertrain is expected to knock out 17 kmpl on highways. Also, the acceleration time from naught to 100 kmph is estimated to be 8 seconds. The new Cruze would come shedding 113 kgs of weight which has surely enhanced its overall efficiency and performance making it a tough machine overall for the rivals. A speculation of a diesel engine is also in the air but no confirmation has been received yet.
A Bold New Exterior
Though, the existing Chevy Cruze was not that boring in looks but wearing the same for 8 years is definitely a long time. Finally, Chevrolet decided to give it a new and bolder face and Viola, we are stunned! The first feature which caught our eyeballs is its new front radiator grille which is now trapezoidal in shape and bigger in size to enhance airflow for better engine performance. The new stylish headlamps add more sportiness and style factor to this face.
Similar revamped tail lamps and crisper creases all over the body are now ready to make this compact sedan the latest stunner on the road. Also, the dimensions have also given a boost and the new Cruze is now 69 mm longer, 7 mm wider and 19 mm shorter. With this, the wheelbase has also been stretched with 16 mm which adds more space at the cabin. The slippery sculpted body with revised front splitter and fog lamps add beauty.
The Captivating Cockpit
The adaptations are not restricted to the exterior and engine and has made its way towards the cabin of this drive. The modern cockpit of new Chevrolet Cruze has a duel design just like the other Chevy drives. A perfect mixture of matte black and piano black finishes add the luxury element to this area. The upscale cabin has a leather interior trimming while the dash has chrome accents for added aesthetics.
For entertainment, a 4.2-inch display, Chevy patent MyLink infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and wireless phone chargers are provided. Overall it would be a delight to see this cabin packed with a fresh feeling and some added luxury & comfort.
The American automaker has always kept safety of the occupants first and foremost in its drives and carrying forward the same tradition in the new Cruze, it has an advanced safety kit comprising features like Forward Collision Warning, Blind Zone Warning, lane Keep assistance and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert along with other standard safety aspects that of the existing Chevy Cruze.
Along with this, the exterior structure built of about 8 percent in high-strength steel makes the body 27 stiffer while keeping it light in weight overall. The stiffed structure ensures to absorb more impact energy safeguarding the occupants in a better way after a hit or collision.
Overall, the new Chevrolet Cruze sounds like a big threat to some of the big names in the auto industry and they should better gear up to fight with the upcoming rival. As users, the prospective customers should feel excited for the upcoming version of Chevy Cruze. The revisions which the drive has gone through make it more passenger-friendly and comfort oriented.
If you are someone who is planning to buy a compact sedan of this segment sometime soon, better wait for a couple of more months till this drive is launched. Just a friendly advice! By Sanket Gupta and Prashanth Reddy of Carbay.ph