It's no longer just basic transportation.
The compact sedan market is more competitive than ever. With new rivals such as the Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla just hitting showrooms, Chevrolet is now entering the final stages of development for the next-generation Cruze. Set to debut as a 2015 model, the next Cruze will be a huge improvement over the current model in terms of styling, features and quality. Our spy photographers recently caught a prototype testing and managed to snap photos of it inside and out.
Built on GM's new Delta platform, which will also underpin the next Volt, the 2015 Cruze features a four-door coupe-like sleeker profile. Its windshield is noticeably swept back further and the front grille also looks larger. The interior, however, may end up being the biggest improvement. It all looks quite upmarket thanks to a large touchscreen, multi-function steering wheel, a stitched dash and chrome accents throughout the cabin. Look closer and you'll also spot buttons for an "eco" mode, park assist sensors, a voice recognition system, and maybe even a lane departure system. Production will once again take place in Lordstown, Ohio, beginning in late 2014.