Back in March the new-generation Chevrolet Cruze was caught undisguised but today the new vehicle was officially introduced at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show a.k.a. Auto China 2014. According to the official press release, the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze was developed by GM's global R&D team and the goal was to set new benchmarks in the segment in terms of fuel economy, handling and intelligent technology.
The 2015 Cruze is inspired by the Chevrolet Tru Concept, which was unveiled at the Auto China 2012, and comes with coupe-like flowing lines that support enhanced aerodynamics. The front end features a dual-mesh grille that extends to the stylish headlights, LED daytime running lights and new hood that shows aggressive design lines. From the side, we observe the chrome-plated trim that stretches from the outside rearview mirrors to the rear seat windows.
Under the hood, there is a new-generation Ecotec small-displacement engine co-developed by GM and SAIC. 2015 Cruze offers a segment’s first 1.4L mid-mounted direct injection turbocharged engine or the first 1.5L mid-mounted naturally aspirated engine.
Chevrolet will offer the 2015 Cruze with the all-new DCG seven-speed dual-clutch transmission co-developed by GM and SAIC, an all-new six-speed manual transmission developed in Europe, and the third-generation S6 six-speed automated manual transmission. Comparing it with the outgoing version, the 2015 Cruze promises to deliver a fuel economy improvement of 14-21 percent.
In terms of dimensions, the new Chevrolet Cruze is longer (by 2.7 inches or 68 mm) and lower (by nearly an inch or 25 mm) than its predecessor. Along with a faster windshield rake and a faster-sloping rear profile, these dimensions give the new Cruze a longer, leaner and sportier appearance. The new Cruze also features an integral rear spoiler that makes the car more aerodynamically efficient.
This sleek profile of the new Chevrolet Cruze is boosted by a layered line work in the bonnet and side panels, which makes the car seems more muscular. Furthermore, its longer wheelbase gives the Cruze a more athletic stance.
John Cafaro, executive director at Chevrolet Design, remarked that the styling of the new Cruze was influenced by the 2014 Impala and the all-new Malibu. He added that with the 2016 Cruze, Chevrolet's new global design language is coming to the small car segment.
Cafaro remarked that the approach to proportion and premium details of the Cruze further elevates Chevrolet's level of craftsmanship, quality and content. He noted that the Cruze brings a fresh interpretation of Chevrolet’s unmistakable identity to every market in the world.