New Cruze cruizin’ to South Africa

001-off-my-wheelsBrian Joss –

Chevrolet has introduced the all-new, 2016 Cruze – a larger and lighter, more efficient and more sophisticated evolution of the brand’s best-selling global car, which will compete in the compact car segment.

Packed with new technologies including  Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and new active safety features, as well as a more spacious interior and an athletic, aerodynamically optimised design, the 2016 Cruze  will be launched in South Africa later.

The 2016 Cruze: larger, lighter and “more efficient”. Picture: Quickpic
The 2016 Cruze: larger, lighter and “more efficient”. Picture: Quickpic

It will be offered in more than 40 global markets and goes on sale first in North America in early 2016, where a new, standard 1.4L turbocharged engine with direct injection and an SAE-certified 113 kW will contribute to a General Motors-estimated 5.9 L/100km on the highway with the available six-speed automatic transmission. Stop/start technology contributes to the Cruze’s efficiency in stop-and-go driving.“The 2016 Cruze builds on a very successful programme 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 and built on them to make this car more sophisticated.”

The 2016 Cruze’s interior is designed to be more comfortable and a better connected environment for the driver and passengers, GM said.

The new 1.4L turbo is SAE-certified at 113 kW and 240Nm of torque. 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 0-100 km/h in 8 seconds.

The start/stop feature a shuts down the engine when the car comes to a stop under certain driving conditions and the engine automatically restarts when you take your foot off the brake.

Cruze fast facts

  • Cruze is Chevrolet’s best-selling car around the world, with 3.5 million sold since it went on sale in 2008
  • Cruze sales in America. in 2014 were 273,060 – a 10 percent increase over 2013
  • In America, the  Cruze is the segment’s second-best seller to customers under 25
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