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New Chevrolet Cruze to come to India

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The covers have come off the all-new Chevrolet cruze, which was internationally launched in Detroit last month. The Indian pubic is likely to get a closer look at it at the 2016 Delhi auto expo next February but it won’t make it to Indian showrooms before the end of 2016 or early 2017.

 

From just the look of it, the answer is an emphatic yes. styling is one of the main selling points of the current Chevrolet cruze and the new one looks even better. The new cruze’s chiselled exterior styling is more dynamic than before with plenty of design flourishes. The headlight design, with a neat LeD strip is sharper, the characteristic two-part front grille is more swept back and the overall shape has a flowing and swoopy stance which makes the Chevrolet cruze look much sportier than before. It’s all bigger than before with a length of 4,666mm (up by 69mm) and a 2,700mm wheelbase that’s a useful 15mm longer than the older car.

 

Step inside and you are greeted by a cabin which feels quite luxurious and upmarket. Like the current car, the new cruze’s interior gets a dual cockpit design and comes with a piano-black or brushed aluminium finish along with multiple soft touch surfaces on the dash and other parts. a large screen sits at the centre of the dash and is surrounded by two vertical air con vents. In terms of quality and fit finish, although the new Chevrolet cruze is a big step in the right direction, it still doesn’t quite match the likes of the Jetta and Octavia.

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Thanks to the cruze’s larger dimensions, there’s more space on the inside, especially at the rear where you get an extra 51mm of knee room. overall legroom is very impressive even with the front seats pushed back to accommodate a 6-foot driver. The rear seat is also more generous with increased under thigh support but to compensate for the swooping roof line, the rear seats are set a touch too low. You have to contort a bit to slip under the low roof but once you’ve settled down, headroom is surprisingly generous. Look closely and you’ll notice an indent in the roof liner above the passenger’s head which gives precious extra inches. hence, six-footers at the back as well won’t have cause to complain except that the windows are a touch too small.

 

The front seats are supportive and heavily contoured, which keeps you snug but again are also set low. however, the low dashboard allows for a good line of sight and all-round visibility is pretty good. We expect chevrolet to pack the new Chevrolet cruze with lots of features and equipment when it comes to India, if the Us model is anything to go by. at the unveil, the new Chevrolet cruze came equipped with features like GM’s MyLink infotainment system that employs a 7-inch touchscreen and is compatible with both apple carPlay and android auto. also available was the MyLink radio with a larger 8-inch display that also gets navigation and apple carPlay. other features include wireless phone charging, heated rear leather seats, and a heated, leather wrapped steering wheel.

 

The last few items certainly won’t come to India but the rear-view camera is likely. The India car might get a localised version of GM’s popular OnStar communications system which boasts 4G connectivity along with a Wi-Fi hotspot feature for higher trims. There are big changes under the skin of the new Cruze which is an amazing 100kg lighter than the older car. According to GM, it features one of the most mass efficient chassis systems currently available in the market and it also gets a 27 percent stiffer body as compared to its predecessor. So, we expect the ride and handling to be much improved too.

 

The all new Chevrolet Cruze is likely to come to India with two new engine options. We expect the current 2.0-litre diesel to be replaced by a smaller, state-of the- art 1.6 variable geometry turbo-diesel. This advanced powertrain, which features latest injection technology and new, low-friction components, is expected to be much more fuel efficient too. Power and torque figures haven’t been revealed yet and we expect it to be a bit down on power compared to the current 164bhp 2.0-litre motor. Despite the power deficit, we expect the new Cruze diesel to be as quick as before, thanks to its lighter kerb weight. GM also claims that this new engine will set a benchmark as far as refinement is concerned, going so far as to say that it will be ‘whisperquiet’. With demand for petrol coming back, Chevrolet, for the first time in India, will offer the Cruze with a petrol option — the Ecotec 1.4 turbo-petrol with direct-injection developing 153bhp and 24.47kgm of torque which should offer strong performance and decent fuel efficiency too.

 

The new Chevrolet Cruze will sport the same suspension set-up as the current car – MacPherson struts up front and non-independent torsion beam at the rear. We expect the new Cruze to sport larger 17-inch rims as compared to the 16-inchers in the current car. Overseas, the Chevrolet Cruze gets safety features such as 10 airbags, ESP, rollover mitigation and ABS, along with disc brakes on all four wheels, as standard on all trims.There are also advanced safety features including Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert.

 

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