2015 Chevrolet Cruze gets a small facelift for the 2014 New York Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on April 13, 2014

Back in March, we revealed you the new global version of the Chevrolet Cruze that will make its debut next week at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show. Today we will show you the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze developed for the United States market that will be officially introduced next week at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

We will not lie, we do like the global version much more but let’s be optimistic about the US version too. As you can see from the photos, the 2015 Cruze US-spec comes with a refreshed front end and features a new front grille similar to the one found on the bigger 2014 Malibu and Impala. Moreover, the LT and LTZ trims get LED daytime running lamps and several new exterior colors.

Inside, the 2015 Cruze gets revised cupholders, a trunk release button relocated to the center console and door lock switches relocated from the center console to the front doors. Furthermore, the 2015 Cruze is also more powerful than the outgoing version as it delivers 151 hp and a maximum torque of 264 lb-ft. 2015 Cruze Diesel has a driving range of 717 miles per tank.

The biggest change found on the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze is actually found in the infotainment system as this includes a new text Message Alerts feature for smartphone users with Bluetooth profile (M.A.P.) and Siri Eyes Free for iPhone iOS 6 and iOS 7 users.

Other features found at the interior are the seven-inch-diagonal color touch screen and additional USB ports, OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, next-generation OnStar and MyLink enhancements, Chevrolet AppShop (later availability) and navigation.

Chevrolet AppShop will allow its owners to view and download apps directly to the vehicle. These can be organized, updated or deleted and can connect drivers to vehicle data, music, news, weather and more.

Press Release

Styling, OnStar 4G LTE, Siri Updates for 2015 Chevy Cruze

Chevrolet announced today the 2015 Cruze will debut at the New York International Auto Show with revised exterior styling, enhanced interior convenience and greater connectivity – including new Text Message Alerts, Apple Siri integration and OnStar 4G LTE with available Wi-Fi hotspot.

The new exterior styling cues are inspired by the all-new Impala and restyled 2014 Malibu, while more intuitive controls update the interior. New voice-controlled features enhance safety when responding to text messages in the vehicle.

“We’ve simply made a great, versatile car even better,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet director of passenger car and crossover marketing. “Chevrolet continues to design, build and sell the most compelling small cars in its history and the 2015 Cruze offers more of the features, connectivity and efficiency that are important to today’s customers.”

The Cruze’s facelift for 2015 refreshes the appearance for LS, LT, RS and LTZ models. A prominent dual-port front fascia takes styling cues from Impala and Malibu, contributing a more cohesive look across Chevrolet’s sedan range – including LED daytime running lamps on LT and LTZ trims. They complement the Cruze’s swept-back headlamps, for a sportier presence. Several new exterior and interior colors will also be offered for 2015.

Updates on the interior enhance convenience:

  • Revised cupholders make it easier to insert and remove cups
  • Trunk release relocated to the center console
  • Door lock switches relocated from the center console to the front doors.
  • In addition to LS, LT, RS and LTZ models, the 2015 Cruze lineup includes Cruze Eco (EPA-rated 42 mpg highway) and Cruze Diesel (EPA 46 mpg highway), the most efficient non-hybrid passenger car in America. That’s about 10 percent greater efficiency than the Volkswagen Jetta TDI. The Cruze also delivers more horsepower (151 hp) and torque (264 lb-ft), than the Jetta TDI (140 hp / 236 lb-ft). Cruze Diesel’s driving range is up to 717 miles per tank.

Cruze offers more standard safety features than any other car in its class, including 2014 models of the Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla. Cruze has 10 standard air bags – including side-impact and knee air bags for front passengers – and offers side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear park assist and a rearview camera.

“Cruze remains a strong entry in the compact segment, with features that continue to bring new customers to Chevrolet,” said Majoros. “Along with Spark, Spark EV, Sonic and Volt, Chevy’s lineup of efficient, technologically advanced small cars is one of the industry’s most compelling.”

A mobile hub with greater connectivity

The enhanced connectivity and convenience features for the 2015 Cruze include a new Text Message Alerts feature for smartphone users with Bluetooth profile (M.A.P.), which reads incoming texts through the vehicle’s speakers, and Siri Eyes Free for iPhone iOS 6 and iOS 7 users to enhance connectivity and convenience. Each enables voice-controlled connectivity, to help keep phones in pockets and hands on the wheel.

Additional standard and available features include:

  • Seven-inch-diagonal color touch screen and additional USB ports
  • Chevrolet connected by OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Next-generation OnStar and MyLink enhancements with enhanced voice recognition
  • Available Chevrolet AppShop (later availability)
  • Available navigation.
  • OnStar 4G LTE with available Wi-Fi hotspot provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers with easy access to apps and services that require a high-speed data connection. 4G LTE is the most current and fastest mobile data network – 10 times faster than 3G. And with OnStar, it offers stronger, broader coverage than smartphones on the same network and it’s easy to use: If the vehicle is on, the connection is on, allowing passengers to connect personal devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets, to high-speed wireless Internet. Each vehicle can accommodate seven devices at one time.

The Chevrolet AppShop allows owners to view all available apps and download them directly to the vehicle, then organize, update or delete them as needed. Available apps connect drivers to vehicle data, music, news, weather, travel information and more.

Small-car strategy producing big-time results

Cruze is the cornerstone of Chevrolet’s North American small-car lineup, which is attracting a greater share of the market and more young, first-time customers to Chevy showrooms. Cruze is also Chevrolet’s best-selling car around the world, with more than 2.5 million sold globally since its launch in mid-2010.

“These new customers are discovering the fun, value and durability Chevy stands for,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet Marketing. “In fact, Chevrolet is second among buyers under 25, as the brand continues to grow share in the small-car segments.”

Collectively the lineup in America – including Spark, Spark EV, Sonic, Cruze and Volt – saw a 15.4-percent increase in overall sales in the first quarter of 2014. Since Cruze’s launch about four years ago, and the additions of the Spark and Sonic, Chevrolet’s overall share of the small-, compact- and mini-car segments has more than tripled – up 221 percent – with nearly half of the customers new to Chevrolet.

“The diversity of Chevrolet’s small-car lineups, from the efficiency of the Cruze clean diesel and the pure electric performance of the Spark EV, offers a driving solution for everyone,” said Edwards. “With Cruze sales up 17 percent in the first quarter of 2014, the updated styling and greater connectivity of the 2015 Cruze will accelerate Chevy’s small-car momentum when it goes on sale this fall.”

 

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