In 2008, Chevrolet launched the Cruze compact sedan in an attempt to penetrate the segment dominated by the likes of the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. Now, details are starting to emerge on the first generation’s replacement.
The new Chevrolet Cruze, due in fall 2014 as a 2015 model, will be the first model to use a new GM global platform that could eventually underpin several other models such as the successors of the Chevrolet Volt, the Chevrolet Equinox and the Opel Astra. GM has declined to confirm the existence of this “D2XX” platform, which will combine two existing platforms for compact models into one.
The redesign will feature "new exterior and interior styling, improved fuel economy and an improved interior compartment and more storage space," GM said in a statement. Personally, I feel that Chevrolet needs to improve the quality of material for the interior. The new Cruze is expected to feature the new face of Chevrolet, as seen on the 2014 Impala. The new model is said to be offered in sedan, hatchback and coupe body styles. I would expect Opel’s new 1.6-liter direct-injected engine to debut in Chevrolet’s lineup alongside with the new Cruze.
The Cruze has been a cash cow for GM. It is the brand’s second-best selling car behind the Malibu mid-sized sedan.
2014 Chevrolet Impala