At the Los Angeles auto show, Chevrolet will give the world a glimpse of the MY2011 Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan specifically homologated for the United States. This version of the Cruze has been refined to comply with US requirements while challenging the preconceptions about compact cars in the continent.
Precision and dynamic styling are evident inside the Corvette-inspired twin-cockpit cabin of the new Chevrolet Cruze. In fact, the interior features high-quality materials and outstanding assembly tolerances, with a focus on grained, soft-touch components and low-gloss trim panels.
Compact cars typically do not feature a cabin rich with features and technology. That is what the Cruze is targeting so that it would stand out. Its instrument panel features very detailed instruments backlit with LED (light-emitting diode) technology for a crisp illumination of the analog instruments.
The same is true for other interior controls. Additionally, the Cruze’s instrument panel features a standard driver information center, which is also not typical in the compact car segment. On the other hand, there is an integrated center stack containing the infotainment display, radio controls and climate controls.
Precision is also shown on flush-mounted components in the center stack, with a gap tolerance of less than 1 mm. Likewise, precision is evident on the gaps between the instrument panel and the door panel being less than 5 mm.
Meanwhile, the compact sedan’s headliner cover is made of a knit material serving as one of five layers of an acoustically designed headliner that helps make the cabin quieter. On the other hand, the grain and the color of the interior pillar and other moldings are matched to the headliner, while the color of the seat inserts are matched to the instrument panel accent trim.
Brent Dewar, GM Vice President for Chevrolet Global brand, remarked that the Cruze has already achieved success in Asia and Europe and is coming to the US to “challenge the status quo.” GM’s five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty applies to the Cruze.