Ta-da! Say hello to the next-generation 2016 Chevy Cruze. The automaker’s unveiled a new model that features a brand new, roomier design that sheds weight in the process. Plus, it’s packing new technology features, a new engine, and yes, a diesel option is set to join the lineup later.
“The 2016 Cruze builds on a very successful program that introduced Chevrolet to new customers the world over. We retained all the attributes that made the original Cruze a hit around the globe and built on them to make this car more sophisticated, more fun and more Chevrolet,” says Alan Batey, president, General Motors North America.
It’s certainly shooting to do more with less weight as the new 2016 model sheds 250 pounds, but is still 2.7 inches longer and an inch lower for a more aerodynamic, efficient, and fun drive. The longer length also contributes to two inches more rear knee room. Cargo room is also getting bigger, but exact numbers are not yet known.
“With styling influenced by the acclaimed 2014 Impala and all new Malibu, the 2016 Cruze brings Chevrolet’s new, expressive global design language to the small car segment. The Cruze’s approach to proportion and premium details adds to Chevrolet’s elevation of craftsmanship, content, quality and a fresh interpretation of an identity that is unmistakably Chevrolet in every market around the world,” says John Cafaro, executive director, Chevrolet Design.
The exterior proportions focus on minimizing drag with a wind-tunnel design that gets a 0.29 drag coefficient. The design also features swept back headlights, a stacked dual-port grille, and muscular lines.
The new technology on the Cruze includes the new MyLink system that integrates the new CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connection systems. The Cruze is set to be one of the first Chevys to offer this technology that makes smartphone features and apps available to drivers via voice commands, the touch screen, and steering wheel buttons.
Under the hood it’s getting a new base 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbo engine that is 11 percent more powerful than the current model’s getting 153 horsepower and clocking 0-60 in around 8 seconds. Fuel economy stays the same with an estimated 40 mpg highway. The 1.6-liter clean diesel option is arriving in 2017.
“The current Cruze diesel has garnered a loyal following among customers seeking strong, clean and efficient diesel. The next Cruze diesel will take those attributes to the next level with the very latest technology, offering what we expect will be the premier small-car diesel package in North America. It affirms GM’s commitment to offer diesel engines as an alternative propulsion choice for cars in North America and specifically targets the German dominance in the segment,” says Dan Nicholson, vice president, GM Global Powertrain.
No official word on the hatchback version, but the Cruze will be arriving at dealerships in early 2016.