If you’ve been eyeing the ECO trim of the recently-launched Chevrolet Cruze, you may have noticed that the vehicle simply can not be equipped with the upgraded 250-watt nine-speaker Pioneer sound system.
According to our sources, The General is working to make the system available in 2012 model-year Cruzen. However, the folks at GM aren’t sure whether it will be possible to bring the system to market for 2011 Cruze ECO models. So, there you have it: Cruze ECO will (very likely) get the upgraded speakers when the 2012 Cruze lineup arrive at dealer lots.
And just in case you’re wondering whether the $445 Pioneer audio is worth it, take it from a fellow Cruze owner that it most definitely is. In fact, I recommend bringing your CD/iPod/Zune/etc. containing your favorite playlist with you to your local Chevy store and comparing the base system to the Pioneer back to back. Trust me when I say that you’ll hear a huge difference.
Will the unavailability of the up-level system cause you to wait another 8-10 months before buying the Cruze of your dreams? Let me know in the comments.
Make the jump to read the GM Authority review of the 2011 Cruze right here.