Automotive News is reporting that the upcoming next-generation Cruze will utilize a turbocharged 1.5L motor, which is said to be part of the next-generation family of Ecotec engines. The report also stated that the engine could find its way in the refreshed Malibu that was redone for the 2014 model year sometime in the vehicle’s life span.
Horsepower and torque figures can be only up to speculation at this point, as with fuel economy, but it shouldn’t be too hard to out-do the 138 hp and 148 lb-ft found in the present Cruze and its 1.4L Ecotec mill. We also wouldn’t be surprised if the new engine winds up in the next-generation Chevy Sonic. However, we’re not sure how well this engine will serve as the heart of a performance variant of either the next-gen Cruze or Sonic.