Chevrolet pulled the wraps off the Cruze RS at this week’s New York International Auto Show, alongside the king of efficiency Cruze Eco. The RS is an optional appearance package for the LT and LTZ trim levels that brings sporty proportions to Chevy’s forthcoming C-Segment Delta II-based model.
Outside, the RS package equips the Cruze with unique fascias, rocker moldings, a rear spoiler, as well as fog lamps. The RS interior gets an uplevel instrument cluster, replacing the standard silver finish with chrome accent rings as well as opaque cluster bezels that allow the cluster’s ice blue backlighting to shine through. GM says that this provides “a sporty nighttime appearance.”
According to Michale Simcoe, Executive Director of GM’s North American Exterior Design (who we have on video talking about the design of the Cruze here), “For customers who want even more personality and presence in their vehicle, the RS appearance package builds on the already bold face and coupe-like proportions of the Cruze.”
Since the RS package is only available on the LT and LTZ trim levels, the only powerplant will be GM’s new global 1.4L Ecotec turbo (the base LS model gets the naturally-aspirated 1.8L Ecotec).
The GM Authority Take
It’s not that we don’t like the RS package. In fact, it’s very attractive and is a fairly vast improvement over the standard Cruze. And the fact that Chevy isn’t holding any features back is awesome. But being the enthusiasts that we are, we yearn for the Cruze SS. Perhaps our dream Cruze SS can even wear the body kit of the RS yet be powered by GM’s highly-acclaimed 2.0L Turbo Ecotec I4 from the Buick Regal, where the engine makes 217 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of twist. And while we’re at it, let’s cut two doors off the sedan and make a Cruze coupe! Let’s hope our wishes come true!
Click past the break for the full gallery of the Cruze RS.