2019 Chevrolet Cruze: RS Trim Leads The Pack

Chevrolet has taken the 2019 Cruze to the plastic surgeon, updating its exterior and making a few improvements to the cabin.

However, the biggest change is the addition of a new RS package, with black window moldings and bowtie emblems, and 17-inch alloy wheels, with 18-inch ones being available.

The rest of the lineup, which continues to be offered as a sedan or hatchback, sports the latest iteration of Chevy’s corporate grille, LED taillights and new wheel options, in addition to a new infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen display, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot.

Buyers will also enjoy the remote start and automatic climate control, offered at no extra cost on the LT and Premier grades, and can spec the cabin in a new color, called Umber. Another novelty is the introduction of the LS trim on the five-door model.

The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze doesn’t cut back on driving assistance aids, and features what the company calls “one of the segment’s biggest rosters of available active safety features”. These are the lane change alert with side blind zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision alert, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, low-speed forward automatic braking, following distance indicator and rear park assist.

No updates have been operated in the engine lineup, as this remains unchanged for the 2019MY. As a result, the updated Cruze can be had with a 153hp (155PS / 114kW) 1.4-liter gasoline or a 137hp (139PS / 102kW) 1.6-liter diesel. Both of them come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but the former can work together with a six-speed automatic, whereas the latter can be paired to a nine-speed auto.

Chevy will open the order books for the 2019 Cruze later this year.

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  • Kyle Newberry

    Why would anyone buy this over Mazda or Honda? Heck even the Focus is nicer and now the upcoming Corolla Hatch.

    If they would of done a real hot hatch with a detuned 4 from the Camaro that would be reason to pause and look.

    • DMax

      Out of all the review I’ve read about this Cruze it’s a pretty good car. Motortrend placed it 2nd only behind Civic. Focus is outdated as hell and it’s terrible in all sorts of ways especially it’s tranny. Compared to Civic or 3, Cruze is cheaper. If I was looking for an econobox right now this would be the one.

      • Christian

        I bet its not the same there…But the car is based on the new Opel Astra from Europe…Its by far the best car in its class over here.

        • Mr_Fanta_Pants

          Many would argue the Golf is better than the Astra, with it being a close 2nd.

          • Autoexperte

            Both are not reliable, this are leasing cars for 3 years

      • Darnell Robeson

        Maybe go drive one. Filled with technology and safety features. And its much quieter and smoother riding than a Civic or Mazda 3. And reliability has become above average. U can easily Google that

  • pjl35

    Congrats to Chevy on making the Spark, Cruze, and Malibu all look uniformly worse…

    • Dennis Scipio

      I don’t they all look that bad, personally the Malibu looks better than it did before.

      • Puddingpopper

        proportionally yes

        • El-diablo

          LIES

          • Puddingpopper

            That’s the pack!!!! A pack of lies!

      • pjl35

        What makes no sense to me is that they’ve been uniformly moving AWAY from the huge crossbar grilles (see pre-facelift cruze, the Equinox, etc.)…and now they’ve brought it back on the Cruze and made it look worse. Particularly for people who live in states that require a front license plate…

    • Randy Terpstra

      Agreed. Especially the Spark.

  • Puddingpopper

    What pack is it leading?

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      A pack of mutts.

  • Toronado_II

    Big fail for this model here in Canada. I only see Civic, Mazda 3, Elantra mainly.

    • Soob

      Yeah im in Canada and i never see these driving around, only really see the previous gen …

    • Randy Terpstra

      Certainly more of the 1st gen Cruze around. That design was less generic than current one.

  • Jake Ginther

    what the actual hell is the front end’s of these updated chevys? Way too much grille action, and the action is terrible. Good Going GM.

  • Nordschleife

    I think this looks perfectly fine. Especially the RS trim.

  • Darius Fontenette

    Out of the three facelifts just released by Chevy, this one’s the best. I dig it.

  • Christian

    I do miss the Curze in Europe…A shame they pulled the brand out…

  • Luc Helterbrand

    really hate that new grill patterning…and all those fake plastic vents and scoops. Would love to see a car that isn’t trying to make a ridiculous fashion statement with those pieces.

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    That mouth is just completely ridiculous.

  • THIS FRONT END WORKS BETTER HERE THAN ON THE MALIBU. STILL WAY TOO MUCH PLASTIC. NOW WE KNOW WHERE ALL OUR RECYCLED SODA BOTTLES GO, GRILLES AND TRIM PIECES ON TODAY’S CARS.

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