Op-Ed by MonaroSS
GMI Contributor – 7 May 2010
Many people have asked for a long time why there is no Cruze Coupe and many have proposed and rendered Cruze Coupes, myself included. However I have wonder for a while now whether a Cruze Coupe is the wrong way to go. So when GMI Member Z284ever asked the question of whether Chevy will soon need a sporty little coupe in the $18-$25K range I started to rehash some old ideas on the concept.
I would be interested in what the members here think of my thoughts on the topic of what Chevy should field in the lower priced sport coupe arena. We all know they are strong in the higher end with the legendary Corvette and Camaro, but GM has not historically done small well. Although one has to say that the Cobalt Coupe has a reasonable following.
So this is why I think there should not be a Cruze Coupe but a dedicated 'Cruze based' SWB coupe with all unique sheet metal called the Cobalt. This would give Chevrolet a three-pronged attack across the sports coupe range with the Cobalt being entry level, then the Camaro taking up the larger muscle coupe fight, with the Corvette as the King Hit against the opposition makers.
I envision this next generation Cobalt to have FWD/AWD with engines ranging from the frugal Turbo 1.4 @ 130hp through a SIDI 2.4 @ 200hp, Turbo DI 2.0 @ 270hp and the powerhouse being a Turbo DI 2.2 with 340hp. It would use a sports version of the Cruze interior and come in coupe and ragtop convertible. AWD would be available across the range but only AWD for the two larger turbo engines, with the exceptions of special order FWD SS-R's with strengthened racing transmissions for club racing in FWD categories.
While the Cobalt Coupe would range from $18K-$25K with various interior and lesser engine options, the Cobalt Convertible could range up to $35K with a full kitted leather interior, AWD and 2.0 Turbo. The 340hp SS-R 2.2 Turbo could range up to a similar price or higher with racing options like full roll cage, carbon fibre racing seats, ceramic brakes etc.
I think that the Cruze Sedan, while it is going to be accepted and a reasonable success in the market place, is just a little too pedestrian for a simple Coupe version. By separating out a specific dedicated sports coupe based upon the Cruze, Chevrolet can better target its design and appeal to hopefully hit another home run like the Camaro. So should Chevrolet make it a 1, 2, 3 sports coupe punch with Corvette, Camaro and Cobalt? What do you think and why?
BTW. Here's the Cruze Sedan for comparison.....
EDIT: Here's ne_one's posted chop below (I don't know who did it but thanks to them - if anyone knows who they are I'll credit them here) with some quick and dirty changes to show basically what my Cobalt Coupe would look like 3/4's...