Update: for the 2016 model year, this Chinese-market version of the Cruze has been replaced by the global 2016 Chevrolet Cruze.
General Motors’ China-based arm, Shanghai GM, hosted the world premiere of the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze at the Chevrolet Night event in Beijing last evening. The event also saw the launch of the Trax subcompact crossover, completing the lineup of new vehicles the automaker will bring to the Shanghai Auto Show, which opens tomorrow.
We first saw the new Cruze after it was photographed completely uncovered in the parking lot of a GM-Shanghai plant in March. GM says the new compact sedan borrowed certain styling cues from the Chevrolet Tru concept from the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The design is described as coupe-like with flowing lines, a compact body, shorter front and rear overhangs, and a long roofline which extends to the back of the car to make for a more spacious cabin.
Some, however, might argue that the most important changes to the all-new Cruze come in the way of the powertrain. The vehicle will debut GM’s new 1.5-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine, which will produce 113 horsepower and 108 lb.-ft. of torque. A more potent 1.4-liter turbocharged unit will also be available, pushing a robust 140 horsepower and 173 lb.-ft. of torque. Both units will be available with a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, or a six-speed automated manual. GM claims both powertrains provide best-in-class fuel economy, ride comfort, emissions and the quietest running operation.
To note, this version of the new Cruze will be sold exclusively in China for the Chinese market.