The Chevrolet Cruze. The words we’d use to describe it would include such adjectives as good-looking, well-mannered, safe, comfortable, practical… even sporty. What’s not on that list? Light.
Based on GM’s global Delta 2 vehicle architecture, the first-generation Cruze is a heavyweight in its class, tipping the scales in the former half of the 3,000-pound mark. In fact, the Cruze Eco with a manual transmission weighs in at a respectable 3,005 pounds (1,336 kg), the well-equipped Cruze 2LT weighs in at 3143 pounds (1,425 pounds), and the Cruze Diesel comes in at a hefty 3475 pounds (1,576 kg). That’s quite a bit more than the competition, and quite a bit more than what the Cruze should weigh for a car of its size and class. Luckily, that’s all about to change.
Yupp, compared to the outgoing model, the all-new D2XX-based 2016 Chevy Cruze (2015 for the Chinese market) will have gone on a diet while undergoing a workout regiment. Our sources haven’t provided specific numbers, but the new model has been said to be “significantly lighter” than the outgoing first-gen vehicle, even when equipped with advanced technologies such as the new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) and new direct-injected and turbo-charged four-cylinder engines.
When this pans out, The General will have quashed what is pretty much the only major (and valid) criticism of the current model.
Stay tuned as we dig in to bring you specifics on the weight of the next-gen Cruze.