Last month we saw the all-new D2XX-based Chevrolet Cruze sporting its American front end while testing. The car features several changes compared to its Chinese-market counterpart, with a front end that prominently features Chevy’s new corporate two-tier grille. Now, Kelley Blue Book spy photographers caught the next-gen America-bound Cruze testing, giving us an even better look at what will be one of Chevy’s most important nameplates in the coming years.
The car spied by KBB appears to be a more high-end model than the black Cruze we saw in April. Whereas that car was missing its front fog lights, this model has them, along with a set of gunmetal grey wheels. From what we can tell, there are no other changes, meaning the Impala-like body lines on the rear quarter panel are still present, along with the high beltline and sloping rear roofline.
As previously reported, General Motors’ new family of Ecotec engines will find their way into this D2XX-based Cruze. The 2.0-liter diesel engine is expected to return due to its relatively recent introduction, while the new 1.4-liter turbo I4 and 1.5-liter naturally aspirated unit introduced in the Chinese model may also appear in the North American version of the car. As far as transmissions go, the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission from the Chinese variant will likely carry over, as will the six-speed manual. A six-speed automatic is not out of the question, either, although would be slightly redundant with the dual-clutch auto.