Along with being graced with a fresh Holden VF Commodore sedan, and its respective ute, wagon, and performance variants, Australia is being treated to more nice things, this time for the Holden Cruze.
Word coming from CarAdvice.com.au is that the Cruze will receive a 1.6L turbocharged Ecotec engine — currently found in the Opel Astra in Europe — for the range-topping SRi-V variant. In the Astra, the engine produces 132kW (177 horsepower) and 230Nm (169 pound-feet of torque), but has been reportedly tweaked for the Australian market. The engine is expected to join the current offerings of a base 1.8L, 1.4L turbo, and 2.0L turbo diesel in the Cruze’s engine hierarchy. Judging by the power numbers and timing, this is not the all-new 1.6L Ecotec that will debut in the Opel Cascada.
Also expected to arrive in the mild 2013 update for the Holden Cruze is the MyLink infotainment system, along with changes to the steering and suspension feel. Suddenly, America’s Chevy Cruze Diesel is green with envy.