2012 Chevrolet Cruze Station Wagon expected to boost company’s fleet sales

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 13, 2012

Chevrolet is set to present a Cruze station wagon at the Geneva Motor Show next month. This car is expected to drive up fleet sales of this brand in Europe where a wagon is a typical company car. The wagon will be added to the Cruze hatchback and sedan that have already started selling in Europe. Measuring 4,675 mm, it is a little bit longer than the hatchback and sedan models.

Its load space is 500 liters, increasing to nearly 1,500 liters with the rear seats folded down. Chevrolet Europe Managing Director Susan Docherty said that the Cruze station wagon is targeted at an important market segment.

She said that this model fits what European drivers want when it comes to “distinctive design, dynamic driving, space and economy.” The wagon features Chevrolet's new 1.7-liter diesel engine, together with a 2.0-liter diesel and 1.6- and 1.8-liter gasoline engines.

Chevrolet Europe said that this engine range will be offered on the entire Cruze line-up beginning in the summer of 2012. According to IHS automotive analyst Ian Fletcher, the low emissions 1.7-liter diesel will be crucial to Cruze sales in Europe where diesels are popular because due t lower overall running costs when compared with gasoline models.

The 130-hp 1.7-liter diesel, with stop-start technology, is standard. It could reach higher CO2 emissions of 119g/km. Fletcher said the station wagon would help Chevrolet in the company car market. Last year, the Cruze is Chevrolet's No. 3 seller in Europe last year after the Spark and Aveo with sales of 48,564, according to market researchers JATO Dynamics.

The interior of the new Chevrolet Cruze station wagon continues to show the trademark dual cockpit. It also has the fluid lines as well as the wrap-around front fascia that appears to flow to both the driver’s door and the passenger door. For models that have the brand’s very own MyLink infotainment system, it will now be accompanied with a high-resolution 7-inch touch screen and integrated with the center stack. A new feature included is the PEPS or the Passive Entry, Passive Start. What this does is allow for drivers to unlock or lock the doors, and even start the vehicle, but with the keys remaining inside their pockets as they do so.

Models that have the Start/Stop function will have the eco-drive assistance menu offered in the accompanying instrument cluster display. Additionally, for those who have the MyLink, they are likely to see that the HVAC outlets placed beside the radio unit and the set-up of the instrument panel have both been redesigned. The brand though revealed that the same is true for the base radios, and even the mid-level ones, fitted in the 2013 Cruzes targeted for the left-hand-drive sector.

Further, the small compartment that was located in the top portion of the instrument panel is now that much closer to the vehicle’s radio unit. It is also where the aux-in sockets and the USB ports are placed. On the exterior, the design language implemented on the station wagon is seen as a step forward compared to the Cruze hatchback or the Cruze sedan.

That it has a confident posture is highlighted by the combination of an arch roofline that narrows to the D-pillar, the concave shoulder line, and the body in and wheels out bearing. While the slim roof rails are included as standard, it helps with the appearance. The dual-port grille in the front with the center containing the golden bowtie is evidence that this model is indeed part of the Chevrolet range.

A number of changes to the design were implemented with the 2013 models and one of these is the angular drawn fascia that has horizontal slats. Its athletic appearance is highlighted even further with the improved bumper in the front and the fog lights inside the newly-styled housings.

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