The new Chevy face will make its way to the Cruze next.
August 6, 2012
By: Nick Saporito
It has long been known that Chevrolet is planning to give its Cruze compact sedan a mid-cycle enhancement in 2014. Chevy’s first truly global product is sold in over 120 countries and has been fairly successful in most, but the compact segment has become a major battleground worldwide, meaning Chevy must constantly up the ante with their entry. GMI has now been told that the Cruze revamp will bring Chevrolet’s new design theme as first seen on the upcoming 2014 Impala.
In April Chevrolet announced that their global design theme would evolve with the introduction of the 2013 Traverse and 2014 Impala. In both applications the Chevrolet shield grille that has become commonplace in the Chevy stable is absent in favor of smaller, squarer grilles. Despite the controversy surrounding the deletion of the iconic Chevy crossbar, the new Impala design was largely well received.
According to sources familiar with Chevrolet product plans, the redesigned Cruze will be the next product to wear the new Chevy face. Specifically, GMI’s source states that the Cruze front-end will be very similar to the 2014 Impala with the new grille design and an overall more squared off face. Design changes outside of the new front are expected to be minor.
The redesign will also bring the long-awaited Cruze diesel model. Through a reported Eco-D model, the Cruze will gain an optional 2.0-liter diesel engine. Power figures and fuel economy for the new engine are unknown at this time, though GMI has been told the car will have fairly extensive changes to meet the needs of a high-torque engine, including a beefed up suspension.
Changes beyond aesthetics and the Eco-D addition are anyone’s guess at this point. It is probably a safe bet to say that the Cruze will gain all of GM’s latest technology, including the latest iteration of Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system. GMI is fairly confident that no other changes will take place to the car’s existing Ecotec 1.4-liter engine.
The revamped Cruze is expected to launch in North America in mid-2013 as a 2014 model. In a very unusual pattern for GM, a more extensive redesign on the Cruze is expect for the 2015 model, when powertrain changes are also anticipated.