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    Debut: 2016 Chevrolet Cruze


    • Chevrolet Reveals the Svelte 2016 Cruze


    This evening at a event in Detroit, Chevrolet unveiled the second-generation Cruze.

     

    The new Cruze looks like a shrunken-down version of the Malibu with similar profiles. There is a reason to this as Cruze was styled only a few feet away from the new Malibu. The Cruze features such details as a lower front end, mesh grilles, and distinctive character lines. Size-wise, the Cruze is slightly larger than current model with overall length up 2.7 inches (183.7 inches vs. 181 inches) and the wheelbase is up 0.6 inches (106.3 inches vs. 105.7 inches).

     

    The interior has been updated with more soft-touch materials, and the latest version of Chevrolet's MyLink which offers compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Rear legroom is increased to 36.4 inches, but worryingly headroom sees a slight decrease by half an inch.

     

    Power for the Cruze comes from all-new turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder with 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. A choice of either a manual or automatic, both six-speeds, helps get the power to the front wheels. Chevrolet has also cut a bit of weight out of the Cruze - 250 lbs to be exact, which allows the Cruze to achieve 40 MPG on the highway and a total range of 530 Miles. There is also a diesel option coming, but not until 2017.

     

    The 2016 Cruze arrives at Chevrolet dealers early next year.

     

    Source: Chevrolet

     

     

    Press Release is on Page 2


     

    Sophisticated Sophomore: All-New 2016 Chevrolet Cruze

    • Larger and lighter; all-new compact car is more agile with a dynamic driving experience
    • All-new, standard 1.4L turbo engine with direct injection offers a GM-estimated 40 mpg highway; stop/start technology contributes to efficiency in stop-and-go driving
    • New Chevrolet MyLink offers better performance, plus compatibility with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, for smart, simple smartphone integration
    • Advanced safety features include Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert
    • On sale in the U.S. in early 2016; diesel model follows in 2017


    DETROIT – Chevrolet today introduced the all-new 2016 Cruze – a larger and lighter, more efficient and more sophisticated evolution of the brand’s best-selling global car.

     

    Packed with new technologies such as available Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and new active safety features, as well as a more spacious interior and an athletic, aerodynamically optimized design, the 2016 Cruze elevates the compact car segment – from San Francisco to Shanghai and from Boston to Buenos Aeries.

     

    It will be offered in more than 40 global markets and goes on sale first in North America in early 2016. A new, standard 1.4L turbocharged engine with direct injection and an SAE-certified 153 horsepower (113 kW) helps enable a General Motors-estimated 40 mpg on the highway with the available six-speed automatic transmission. Stop/start technology helps enhance the Cruze’s efficiency in stop-and-go driving.

     

    The new turbo engine and a leaner architecture that reduces up to 250 pounds (113 kg) also contribute to the new Cruze’s stronger performance, with expected 0-60-mph acceleration of eight seconds.

     

    “The 2016 Cruze builds on a very successful program that introduced Chevrolet to new customers the world over,” said Alan Batey, president, General Motors North America. “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.”

     

    Vehicle highlights include:

    • Next-generation Chevrolet MyLink with smartphone integration capability, including a standard seven-inch-diagonal screen and available eight-inch-diagonal screen (at launch, eight-inch screen only with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto coming later)
    • New 1.4L turbo engine with direct injection and stop/start technology matched with a standard six-speed manual or available six-speed automatic transmission (North America)
    • Maximum highway range of 530 miles per tank
    • All-new, stronger and lighter body structure enhances agility, efficiency and safety – with an approximately 250-pound (113 kg) lower curb weight
    • Class-leading 106.3-inch (2,700 mm) wheelbase enhances roominess, contributing to greater rear-seat legroom and more rear knee room
    • Projector headlamps with light-emitting diode (LED) signature lighting – and LED daytime running lamps on uplevel models
    • More standard features than most competitors’ small cars such as 10 air bags, four-wheel disc brakes, rearview camera and available OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot
    • New, available features including wireless phone charging, heated rear leather seats and heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Available advanced safety features include Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert
    • New model range for North America including L, LS, LT and Premier – and a more expressive RS package.


    “The new Cruze is truly one of Chevrolet’s most global vehicles,” said Batey. “With content variations dictated mostly by local market demands, customers in every corner of the globe will enjoy the same fundamental dynamics that are making Chevrolet one of the fastest-growing brands around the world.”

     


    In 2017, Chevrolet will introduce a new diesel model for U.S. customers that builds on the success of the current Cruze diesel model.

     

    Wind tunnel-optimized design
    The 2016 Cruze’s expressive design balances the designers’ inspiration and the efficiency-optimizing input of wind tunnel testing – leveraging the aero experience of vehicles including the Volt. The result is one of the sleekest-looking cars in the class, with a 0.29 coefficient of drag – an attribute that contributes directly to a GM-estimated 40 mpg on the highway.

     

    Proportionally, the new Cruze is 2.7 inches (68 mm) longer and nearly an inch (25 mm) shorter in height than the current model, giving it a longer and leaner appearance. A faster windshield rake and a faster-sloping rear profile lend a sportier look to the design, while the rear profile culminates in a standard integral rear spoiler that contributes to the car’s aero efficiency.

     

    The sleek profile is complemented by detailed, layered line work in the hood and body-side panels, contributing to an overall impression of muscularity – with an athletic stance enhanced by a longer wheelbase.

     

    “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,” said John Cafaro, executive director, Chevrolet Design. “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.”

     

    The headlamps sweep back into the front fenders and an expressive, stacked dual-port grille design offers upscale attention to detail. LT and Premier models feature premium forward lighting systems, including projector-beam headlamps and LED signature daytime running lamps.

     

    Additional design details include:

    • The center-rear stop lamp is mounted at the top of the roof line for a more refined appearance
    • Seamless rocker panels convey upscale attention to detail and contribute to aerodynamic performance
    • Polished aluminum, piano black and bright-finished accents provide a more contemporary, upscale aura to the design
    • The RS package includes unique grilles, front and rear fascias, fog lamps, front splitter, rocker panels, rear spoiler and 18-inch wheels on the Premier model.


    Roomier, more-connected passenger space
    With greater spaciousness and technology, the 2016 Cruze’s interior is designed to be more comfortable and a better connected environment for the driver and passengers.

     


    The greater spaciousness includes more rear legroom (36.1 inches / 917 mm) and two inches (51 mm) more rear knee room – more than Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra. Beyond the quantifiable, there’s greater perceptual spaciousness in the new Cruze, driven by flowing line work in the instrument panel, which blends almost seamlessly with the front door panels.

     

    Like the exterior, the Cruze’s interior – and the instrument panel in particular – feature lean, muscular and layered surfaces built around the Chevrolet-signature dual-cockpit theme. It’s a thoroughly modern design that emphasizes human-technology interaction through the prominent, standard MyLink screen in the “center stack.”

     

    A mixture of accents, from piano black and matte black finishes to bright trim, along with more premium features such as available heated rear leather seats and wireless phone charging, complement the cabin with an upscale ambience generally reserved for midsize sedans – but one that is becoming increasingly important to customers around the globe who want premium amenities in smaller vehicles.

     

    Additional interior features and amenities include:

    • Unique center console design for North America with specific user interface details such as a repositioned shifter, more intuitive positioning of the cup holders and enhanced storage
    • More soft-touch surfaces and animal-grained, micro-etched surfacing that enhance the premium look and feel of the interior, as well as premium fabrics with French stitching, distinctive for its contrasting stitch colors. Premium leather is available
    • 4.2-inch-diagonal high-resolution driver information center in the gauge cluster
    • Premium features including heated front cloth seats, heated rear leather-trimmed seats, and heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel.


    Through smartphone integration, Cruze’s all-new Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system provides simple and intuitive use of smartphones in the vehicle. It integrates certain phone functions onto the Cruze’s seven-inch-diagonal color touchscreen, allowing them to call up music, navigation apps and more. An uplevel MyLink radio with an eight-inch display and navigation is available and also incorporates Apple CarPlay.

     


    Apple CarPlay takes the iPhone features owners want to access while driving and puts them on the vehicle’s display in a smart, simple manner. This allows drivers to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Apple CarPlay-supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third-party apps. A full list of those apps can be found at Apple.com/ios/carplay. Apple CarPlay is compatible with iOS 7.1 or higher.

     

    Android Auto is built around Google Maps, Google Now and the ability to talk to Google, as well as a growing audio and messaging app ecosystem that includes WhatsApp, Skype, Google Play Music, Spotify and podcast players. A full list of supported apps is available at g.co/androidauto. Android Auto requires a phone running an Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system or higher.

     

    Using both applications is simple. A “Projection” icon on the MyLink screen is visible when a phone is not connected, then changes to indicate CarPlay or Android Auto when a compatible phone is connected via USB.

     

    Compatible apps need to be downloaded to a phone before using. Apple and Google’s privacy statements and terms of use apply. Data plan rates may also apply.

     

    Complementing MyLink to enhance Cruze’s connectivity is available OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

     

    Larger, lighter and more dynamic
    An all-new, more rigid and lighter architecture is the 2016 Cruze’s foundation for driving dynamism, while also playing significant roles in safety and efficiency. It is constructed of about 8-percent hot-stamped/high-strength steels, which contributes to an approximately 27-percent stiffer body structure that is also 53 pounds (24 kg) lighter than the current Cruze.

     

    The lighter structure is also larger than the current model, with the new Cruze’s 106.3-inch (2,700 mm) wheelbase stretching nearly an inch longer, while supporting front and rear suspensions with wide tracks (60.8-inch front/61.3-inch rear). Aluminum is used strategically in the suspension systems to optimize weight and handling characteristics.

     

    “The Cruze’s chassis system is perhaps the most mass-efficient in the segment,” said Ron Arnesen, executive chief engineer. “It is at the core of the car’s dynamic driving character, which is designed to deliver fun with an enhanced feeling of connectivity.”

     

    Additionally, the new, more rigid architecture is the primary enabler for exceptional chassis tuning, affording more nimble and direct steering and handling attributes that foster driving confidence through precision. The longer wheelbase and wide front and rear tracks further contribute to a lower, wide “footprint,” which enhances agility and the feeling of control.

     

    Additional features include:

    • A proven MacPherson strut front suspension design with specially tuned bushings and geometry intended to balance handling with comfort
    • A torsion beam rear axle on L, LS and LT models; and an enhanced Z-link design on Premier. It helps deliver a more balanced driving experience, as the rear suspension better follows the lead of the front suspension
    • Rack-mounted electric power steering is standard on all models. It enhances efficiency because it removes the conventional power steering pump from the engine’s driven accessories
    • Four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife longer-life rotors are standard on all models
    • StabiliTrak electronic stability control, with traction control, rollover mitigation and anti-lock brakes, is standard
    • Wheel sizes ranging from 15 to 18 inches.


    Power-dense, efficient turbocharged powertrain
    In North America, the 2016 Cruze is driven by an all-new, standard 1.4L turbocharged engine derived from GM’s new family of small gas engines. It features direct injection, stop/start technology and is matched with a standard six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Stop/start technology helps enhance efficiency in stop-and-go driving.

     


    The new 1.4L turbo is SAE-certified at 153 horsepower (113 kW) and 177 lb-ft of torque (240 Nm). With more torque than the current Cruze’s 1.4L turbo and a lighter architecture, the new turbocharged engine is expected to deliver segment-best 0-60 performance of 8 seconds. That makes the new Cruze quicker than most competitors, while also beating most of them at the gas pump, with a GM-estimated 40 mpg on the highway with automatic transmission.

     

    The 1.4L turbo features an aluminum cylinder block and head, which helps reduce the Cruze’s overall weight to enhance performance and efficiency. Engine efficiency is also enhanced through reduced friction, including low-friction piston rings, a low-friction camshaft drive and a low-friction oil pump.

     

    The start/stop feature automatically shuts down the engine when the car comes to a stop under certain driving conditions, such as a stoplight. The engine automatically restarts when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake.

     

    Advanced safety features
    The 2016 Cruze’s safety story begins with the new, stronger body structure that incorporates high-strength steel in key areas to enhance strength and crash protection by helping to prevent intrusion into passenger compartment.

     

    Cruze also returns with a segment-leading 10 standard air bags, including frontal driver and passenger air bags, roof rail-mounted head curtain side air bags that help protect the front and outboard rear seating positions; seat-mounted side-impact air bags (front and rear); and front knee air bags.

     

    Available safety features include an expanded range of crash-avoidance technologies, including Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert.

     

    Additional safety features include:

    • Front passenger seat occupant sensing system and rollover sensing and protection system
    • Collapsible pedal assembly to help protect against lower-extremity injuries
    • Three-point safety belts in all five seating positions, safety belt retractor pretensioners and lap pretensioners in the driver and front-passenger positions, and safety belt load limiters (with pretensioners) in the front safety belt retractors
    • LATCH child seat latching system in the rear seat
    • Tire pressure monitoring system, daytime running lamps
    • Automatic headlamps.


    Manufacturing
    For the United States, the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will be built at GM’s Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant, with locally and globally sourced components. The plant received a $50-million investment in tooling and other enhancements to support the new Cruze’s production.

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    yes they have!  imagine if every GM car was a home run like this.  5 stars, A+.  Sign me up, perfect car for me.  I might even do the 5 door.  2017, diesel 1.6 too, bet that cracks 50 mpg.

     

    This really is my kind of ride, economical, fun, has more oomph now.

     

    WHY WOULD ANYONE GET A SENTRA OR COROLLA

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    is it me or does it seem it has a lot of 200 in it?

    i thought the 1.5L was the next engine?...will this be "bundled" with the 8 speed when it shows?

     

    otherwise, like the outside, inside looks nice.

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    is it me or does it seem it has a lot of 200 in it?

    You're not the only one thinking it. I also see some 200'ishness in it, but that's no bad thing.

     

    Sharp looking vehicle and it appears that it'll be very competitive. I'm excited to see it in person.

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    is it me or does it seem it has a lot of 200 in it?

    You're not the only one thinking it. I also see some 200'ishness in it, but that's no bad thing.

     

    Sharp looking vehicle and it appears that it'll be very competitive. I'm excited to see it in person.

     

    Before I get down voted...I REALLY REALLY DIG THIS NEW CRUZE....Mind you, I prefer the next gen. Volt's new design...but I like this 2016 Cruze

     

    However...I also see a Chrysler 200 in the rear...but I also see Toyota Corolla...

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    Its probably the shade of blue that confuses me...

     

    The thing is... I also like the Corolla. I think the Corolla looks sporty. Well...other than an AE86...Corollas ALWAYS were bland...at least this one...has some ooomph to it...

     

     

    Back to the Chevy.

    I checked out the video...and the Cruze has some great little details to set it apart from the compact car segment. For a second generation in a row...the Cruze looks and feels like a class higher than its compact car competition...both in looks, quality, details....

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    Very impressive. Nice bump in power/torque for a lighter car in the 1.4L. 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque in the 1.4L vs 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque in the 1.5L. I think I understand the logic in this..Smaller engine, even by a little bit yielding just 7 hp and 7 lb-ft less torque is not a big deal.

     

    Looks??? I see a New Cruze with new Malibu and current Impala cues. Interior looks class above, maybe two. Technology is definitely above. Chevy just brought A-Game. These are the moments of truth. Cruze, Volt, Camaro...these are the first Chevy cars designed under the new GM

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    It is a powerful statement. Sticking to their guns on the diesel engine is impressive too-this and the Canyonado shows that GM is exploring all possibilities for fuel efficiency. Good stuff!

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    You can see what ever you want here but it for sure will not be mistaken for anything but a Chevy. In a year I will expect they will say the Hyundai looks like a Chevy.

     

    This is a big deal here. We are taking a 3200-3350 pound car and cutting 250 pounds that is huge!. while doing that adding more room, More power and More torque and delivering more MPG. Add in more stylish design and more functional better refined interior. What is missing here? And stop with the SS crap as that would account for about 6000 in sales. This is the money car that brings in most of Chevys non truck income and it should do well.

     

    I predict top two in sales in 1-2 years in the segment.

    The next shoe is about to drop with the Malibu and it should make a lot of noise in the market.

    Chevy really has a good line up and only needs to skillfully market now and get the butts in the seats,


    While it is a risk the diesel is not a major risk. With the Global sales the financial commitment diminishes much. I just wish all those who begged for the car would put the money where their mouths were and buy one. You asked GM to do it so go buy it, 

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    this time offer the diesel in lower trims.  that would help.  I'll be interested heavily in that diesel if i don't have a 14,15, or 16 limited diesel by then.

     

    i do think the 16 Limited will retain the 2.0 diesel.

     

    Chevy has to resist pushing up the MSRP so hard.  If they price it too high, they will not get the market share this car should get.

     

    I see no mention of a 1.8 NA in the base car either, is it gone?  Hope so.  Maybe the base L or LS will be a good buy with the new turbo mill and 6 speed stick.

     

    Cruze gets the diesel, Malibu gets the hybrid, VOlt gets the plug in.  Nice job spreading the tech around.

     

    "where is the diesel manual all wheel drive wagon"

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    Should stay very close  to the current price.

     

     

    I am shopping this segment (and know the compact class very  Iwell) Need to see lower trims here, but a winner is what I see now......

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    I'll go against the grain, I'm not liking the new design. It's cohesive and clean, I'm just not digging the new design language of the Cruze, Malibu, and Volt. Doesn't have the American panache of the Impala, Colorado, Vette, Camaro, or all of Cadillac.

     

    It'll sell really well, and I look forward to seeing reviews. Pretty much the worst thing anyone had to say about the outgoing Cruze was the low power, well now it has a stout 153 hp and 177 lb-foot with an NFL linebacker worth of weight removed from the car. Plus they're dropping the total garbage 1.8L base engine, a motor that didn't belong in the car (or the Sonic) at all, ever.

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    You can see what ever you want here but it for sure will not be mistaken for anything but a Chevy. In a year I will expect they will say the Hyundai looks like a Chevy.

     

    This is a big deal here. We are taking a 3200-3350 pound car and cutting 250 pounds that is huge!. while doing that adding more room, More power and More torque and delivering more MPG. Add in more stylish design and more functional better refined interior. What is missing here? And stop with the SS crap as that would account for about 6000 in sales. This is the money car that brings in most of Chevys non truck income and it should do well.

     

    I predict top two in sales in 1-2 years in the segment.

    The next shoe is about to drop with the Malibu and it should make a lot of noise in the market.

    Chevy really has a good line up and only needs to skillfully market now and get the butts in the seats,

    While it is a risk the diesel is not a major risk. With the Global sales the financial commitment diminishes much. I just wish all those who begged for the car would put the money where their mouths were and buy one. You asked GM to do it so go buy it, 

     

     

    Chevy has been doing an excellent job with its marketing lately. Even their commercials.. the new Malibu with the kids and Wifi is pretty spot on... I expect good things in the coming months with the aforementioned new releases coming

     

    Cruze gets the diesel, Malibu gets the hybrid, VOlt gets the plug in.  Nice job spreading the tech around.

     

     

     

     

    ... Spark gets the EV... the Sonic tho.. what about the Sonic???

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    I think the inside is nice for the price point, cutting weight and adding a little power and hitting 40 mpg is all good news.

     

    The rear end looks like a Kia Forte though, the front looks like a Corolla, it just looks too Asian to me, and not enough like a Chevy.  And I don't know why every car is going to this 4-door coupe look, it is running rampant right now across multiple brands and multiple segments.

     

    I do think there should be an optional engine, like a 1.6 turbo or something more in the 185 hp range, because other brands have optional engines of about that power, and the Cruze having grown in size is almost the size the Grand Am and Alero used to be, and those had like 180 hp 15 years ago.

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    I think the inside is nice for the price point, cutting weight and adding a little power and hitting 40 mpg is all good news.

     

    The rear end looks like a Kia Forte though, the front looks like a Corolla, it just looks too Asian to me, and not enough like a Chevy.  And I don't know why every car is going to this 4-door coupe look, it is running rampant right now across multiple brands and multiple segments.

     

    I do think there should be an optional engine, like a 1.6 turbo or something more in the 185 hp range, because other brands have optional engines of about that power, and the Cruze having grown in size is almost the size the Grand Am and Alero used to be, and those had like 180 hp 15 years ago.

     

    Not going to happen. New engine family only goes up to 1.5L because of the european displacement tax. Same reason Ford switched to the 1.5T in the Fusion after debuting with a 1.6T.

     

    Cruze gets the diesel, Malibu gets the hybrid, VOlt gets the plug in.  Nice job spreading the tech around.

     

     

     

     

    ... Spark gets the EV... the Sonic tho.. what about the Sonic???

     

     

    Sonic SHOULD be getting an SS. It's about time GM got back into the sport compact game. The Sonic is BEGGING for it, and the RS was just a tease without more power.

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    If you can get a 300 hp Focus, I don't see why 185 hp in a Cruze is too much to ask for.  Heck,they can put the 2.5 liter inline 4 that makes 195 hp in the Malibu into the Cruze as an RS model.  Toyota basically did that with Scion for years, the Corolla had that miserable 1.8 liter, but the Scion tC had the 2.4 liter Camry engine with like 175 hp.

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    and the Cruze having grown in size is almost the size the Grand Am and Alero used to be, and those had like 180 hp 15 years ago.

    I almost agree with the rest of that post...I also see too much Japanese...Korean to be more accurate in the Cruze...I dont mind though.

     

    I have an issue with what you said regarding the Grand Am/Alero...

     

    In no way does a Cruze...1st gen or 2nd gen. reach Grand Am/Alero size, width and length and interior space. .

    Not even close.

    The Grand Am/Alero were compacts...sure...but were really closer to mid-sized.

    The Cruze...while bigger than their compact car competitors...in no way come close to being mid-sized.

    Maybe the late 1980s Grand Am/Cutlass Calais/Buick Skylark-Somerset  on the old N-Platform are what the Cruze is...

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    I think the inside is nice for the price point, cutting weight and adding a little power and hitting 40 mpg is all good news.

     

    The rear end looks like a Kia Forte though, the front looks like a Corolla, it just looks too Asian to me, and not enough like a Chevy.  And I don't know why every car is going to this 4-door coupe look, it is running rampant right now across multiple brands and multiple segments.

     

    I do think there should be an optional engine, like a 1.6 turbo or something more in the 185 hp range, because other brands have optional engines of about that power, and the Cruze having grown in size is almost the size the Grand Am and Alero used to be, and those had like 180 hp 15 years ago.

     

    Not going to happen. New engine family only goes up to 1.5L because of the european displacement tax. Same reason Ford switched to the 1.5T in the Fusion after debuting with a 1.6T.

     

    Cruze gets the diesel, Malibu gets the hybrid, VOlt gets the plug in.  Nice job spreading the tech around.

     

     

     

     

    ... Spark gets the EV... the Sonic tho.. what about the Sonic???

     

     

    Sonic SHOULD be getting an SS. It's about time GM got back into the sport compact game. The Sonic is BEGGING for it, and the RS was just a tease without more power.

     

     

     

     

    granted.. but THIS is now seriously asking for the 2.0L T 

     

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    So the Alero was 186.7 inches long on a 107 inch wheelbase.  70.1 inches tall, and 54.5 inches tall.

     

    The 2016 Cruze is 183.7 inches long on a 106.3 inch wheelbase.  Nearly the same wheelbase, only 3 inches shorter.  The 2015 Cruze is 70.7 inches wide and 58.1 inches tall, I couldn't find what the 2016 Cruze height or width.

     

    I am just saying the Cruze has grown nearly to where Grand Am and Alero were, the Cruze is a lot bigger than the Cobalt or Cavalier were, I suppose they want the Sonic to fill in that space, but it sort of squeezes the Malibu.

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    well...the 2015 Cruze is at 181 inches long, 70.7 inches wide, 58.1 inches high, and rides on a wheelbase of 105.7 inches...

    If your 2016 results are accurate...then yeah...I would say that the Cruze is almost as big as the Grand Am/Alero were...I was going off of the 1st gen Cruze as I did not know the 2016 Cruze grew that much bigger. So...yeah...I apologize and I agree with your view....but I think the Malibu also grew in size...especially in interior room...

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    So the Alero was 186.7 inches long on a 107 inch wheelbase.  70.1 inches tall, and 54.5 inches tall.

     

    The 2016 Cruze is 183.7 inches long on a 106.3 inch wheelbase.  Nearly the same wheelbase, only 3 inches shorter.  The 2015 Cruze is 70.7 inches wide and 58.1 inches tall, I couldn't find what the 2016 Cruze height or width.

     

    I am just saying the Cruze has grown nearly to where Grand Am and Alero were, the Cruze is a lot bigger than the Cobalt or Cavalier were, I suppose they want the Sonic to fill in that space, but it sort of squeezes the Malibu.

     

     

    Malibu just got a bump up in size as well.. If anything the one that would be feeling the squeeze would be the Impala, and even that is removed enough to feel safe until the next gen is upon us.. possibly in RWD form this time

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    The weight loss is great, but also the 2 inch increase in rear legroom, which addresses one of the bigger deficiencies in the current car.  Overall, a very nice effort.  

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    So the Alero was 186.7 inches long on a 107 inch wheelbase.  70.1 inches tall, and 54.5 inches tall.

     

    The 2016 Cruze is 183.7 inches long on a 106.3 inch wheelbase.  Nearly the same wheelbase, only 3 inches shorter.  The 2015 Cruze is 70.7 inches wide and 58.1 inches tall, I couldn't find what the 2016 Cruze height or width.

     

    I am just saying the Cruze has grown nearly to where Grand Am and Alero were, the Cruze is a lot bigger than the Cobalt or Cavalier were, I suppose they want the Sonic to fill in that space, but it sort of squeezes the Malibu.

     

     

    Wheelbase (in / mm): 106.3 / 2700
    Overall length (in / mm): 183.7 / 4666
    Overall width (in / mm): 70.6 / 1795
    Overall height (in / mm): 57.4 / 1458
    Front track (in / mm): 60.8 / 1544
    Rear track (in / mm): 61.3 / 1557

    Front headroom (in / mm): 38.9 / 988
    Rear headroom (in / mm): 37.3 / 948
    Front legroom (in / mm): 42 / 1068
    Rear legroom (in / mm): 36.1 / 917
    Front shoulder room (in / mm): 54.8 / 1394
    Rear shoulder room (in / mm): 53.7 / 1366
    Front hip room (in / mm): 53.1 / 1351
    Rear hip room (in / mm): 51.9 / 1319
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