The next generation Chevrolet Cruze has been spotted testing in Germany at famed historic racetrack, the Nürburgring. Maybe it was playing chase with the 2014 Corvette Stingray that’s currently testing there.
Spy pictures from Motoring show the revamped Cruze with a longer side profile and restyled rear, up front there’s a two-tier grille and headlights resembling those on the Chevrolet Sonic, along with some 2014 Impala and TRU 140S influence in what we can currently make out in the vehicle’s design.
The 2016 Cruze will sit on and is expected to debut an all-new General Motors global platform, known as the D2xx platform. This platform will serve as the basis for several upcoming GM models, including the new Volt and Equinox. The new Cruze will still be classified as a compact, but will have much more cabin space and rear legroom than the outgoing model. It’s also expected to utilize a new family of Ecotec engines.
The all-new small car was originally scheduled for a Fall 2014 release, but GM has since pushed back production to December of 2015, making the Cruze a 2016 model year when it hits showrooms.
Development for the new Cruze will be at GM’s Lordstown, Ohio plant. GM plans on investing $220 million retooling both the Lordstown and Parma stamping plant for production of the new compact car.