The second-generation 2015 Chevrolet Cruze sedan has been caught on camera without any camouflage on a factory parking lot in Shanghai, China. The new Chevrolet Cruze is said to debut at the upcoming 2014 Beijing Auto Show in April and launch in China in the second half of this year.
Design-wise the new model retains the split grille, but other than that, there’s not much that reminds of the first generation model. It looks sleeker inside and out, with slimmer headlights and taillights and more curves than before.
The Cruze for the Chinese market is built locally by the Shanghai-GM joint venture, with the current generation model offered with two petrol engines, a 121hp 1.6-liter and a 147hp 1.8-liter unit. The base model starts at 108,900 yuan ($17,502), with the top spec variant costing 159.900 yuan ($25,700).
Interestingly, Chevrolet is rumored to continue making the current Cruze alongside the new generation model under the Cruze Classic nameplate – something Ford does too in China with the Focus Classic and new Focus. Following the introduction of the new generation model, the Cruze Classic is expected to be priced lower, from 90,000 yuan ($14,472).
The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze will start from around 120,000 yuan ($19,287) in China. The model will be offered with a new 1.5-liter engine that will replace the old 1.6-liter unit, as well as a 1.4-liter turbo that will replace the old 1.8-liter engine. The 1.5-liter unit produces 112 hp and 145 Nm (107 lb-ft) of torque and will be linked to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. The 1.4 turbo, already offered in the U.S.-spec Cruze, has an output of 148hp and 235Nm (173 lb-ft) and will be mated to a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
Details on the European and North American specification model remain scarce at this point.
By Dan Mihalascu