This is the sedan Chevy has very high hopes for.
You may have seen the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze before, as it was revealed last year for the Chinese market. But today the Cruze you’ll soon be able to buy has had its official debut. Larger and lighter, and more efficient than the car it replaces, the 2016 Cruze is also much more sophisticated. For starters, it features technologies such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and new active safety features. The interior is also more spacious than before, specifically head and knee room.
Under the hood lies a new turbocharged, 1.4-liter four-cylinder with 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. Overall, the new Cruze sheds some 250 pounds, and Chevy claims it’ll hit 60 mph in eight seconds. Power is sent to the front wheels via a new six-speed automatic transmission, which provides a 3 percent boost in efficiency. Chevy estimates 40 mpg on the highway and a maximum highway range of 530 miles per tank. The exterior is also quite a styling improvement, but we couldn’t help notice some traces of Hyundai-like influence here and there (silhouette and rear taillights). Not a bad thing but still somewhat less distinctive.
The RS package includes unique grilles, front and rear fascias, fog lamps, front splitter, rocket panels, rear spoiler, and 18-inch wheels. The interior layout is also nice, featuring a dual-cockpit theme and the MyLink screen in the center stack. An official on sale date and pricing has yet to be announced.