Chevy is finally dropping the digits for the all-new 2016 Chevy Cruze which arrives early next year. The price for Chevy’s best-selling global car is going up, but only slightly, with the base model starting at $17,495. That’s $500 more than the outgoing model.
The new Cruze is roomier, lighter, and leaner all at the same time. It sheds 250 pounds and adds 2.7 inches in length for two inches more leg room in the rear seats, plus you get more cargo space. It comes in four trim levels: L, LS, LT, and Premier. With shipping included, the LS starts at $18,995, and the top LT and Premier start at $21,995 and $23,995 respectively.
As far a pricing goes, the base Cruze starts at $2,000 less than the 2016 Honda Civic. The automaker also touts that its starting price is less than the 2016 Toyota Corolla L and 2016 Hyundai Elantra SE.
Under the hood you get a new base 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbo engine with 153 horsepower, which is 11 percent more powerful than the previous generation. It clocks in 0-60 mph in around 8 seconds.
Inside, the cabin offers the latest MyLink system that is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. Both these smartphone apps are set to make the Cruze one of Chevy’s first cars to offer drivers smartphone access through voice commands, touch screen, and steering wheel buttons.
A 1.6-liter clean diesel option is set to arrive in 2017 and there are rumors of a hatchback version in the works.
The 2016 Cruze arrives at the beginning of next year.