For what will be the final year of this generation, the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze whittles its shape and continues GM’s trend of technology, adding OnStar 4G LTE with available Wi-Fi, Text Message Alerts, and Apple Siri integration. The 2015 Cruze will be on display during the 2014 New York International Auto Show.
We’ve heard plenty about the GM-OnStar 4G LTE system making its way into The General’s vehicles, and Chevrolet’s AppShop will also (eventually) make it in the 2015 Cruze. Those curious about how the Text Message Alerts feature will work should know that it’s for non-Apple smartphone users whose devices have the Bluetooth M.A.P. profile. The feature reads incoming texts through the vehicle’s speakers. For users of Apple iOS 6 and iOS 7, the 2015 Cruze will utilize Siri Eyes Free.
Immediately, we can see that the refreshed Cruze is not the same car as the one spied in China — a vehicle many presumed to be the 2015 Cruze. To note, Chevrolet notes that the 2015 facelift applies to the appearance for LS, LT, RS and LTZ models, and the Eco and Diesel models were not mentioned. There will also be a new collection of interior and exterior colors.
For the sake of ergonomics, the 2015 Cruze will also feature revised cupholders; a trunk release button on the center console; and easier-to-find door lock switches, which are now on the front doors, instead of being awkwardly placed in the clutter of the center console.