Tomorrow is the official debut of the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze here in Detroit, Michigan. With that will eventually come the retirement of the current-generation model, which has been on sale globally since 2008. The vehicle line has served GM well, not only in terms of sales, but also as a representation of the best FWD compact car from Chevrolet that anybody can remember. Yes, the first-gen Cruze was highly competitive, thus, leaves big shoes to fill. And while concrete details are still to come, here are eight things to look out for when it comes to the 2016 Cruze.
1. It’s Far More Athletic Looking Than The Outgoing Cruze
If you didn’t see the spy photos showing a completely naked 2016 Chevrolet Cruze yet, you’re missing out. The thing looks pretty sharp. Not to mention angular, and very 2016 Volt-like in appearance. Time will tell if the driving prowess will back up the rakish looks on the road.
2. It’s Very Different From The Chinese Model
The bland Chinese version of the Cruze currently offered in China will thankfully stay there. But differences are more than just skin deep. The interior, as witnessed in teaser videos, is also different from the Chinese Cruze, and it’s likely that the same goes for what’s under the hood as well.
3. It Will Feature Apple CarPlay Along With Android Auto
As announced not long ago, the 2016 Cruze will be one of 14 Chevrolet models to feature Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, enabling significantly better integration and user experience for iPhone and Android users.
4. 10 Standard Airbags Remain, Along With 6 Months Of Standard OnStar Services
5. Over 35 MPG Highway
According to the emojified press release released yesterday and officially deciphered today, the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will feature highway fuel economy higher than the 35 mpg seen on the first-generation model.
6. There Could Be A Premier Trim Level, According To Trademark Filings
7. It Will Likely Share A Similar Powertrain To Its German Cousin, The Opel Astra
The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze and 2016 Opel Astra are both children of the new GM D2XX compact vehicle platform. This means that whatever engine can fit into the new Astra K will likely be able to fit in the all-new Chevrolet Cruze. Will the all-new 1.4L EcoTec engine find itself in the engine bay of the 2016 Cruze? We’ll find out tomorrow.
8. A Hatchback Model Should Actually Launch In North America
Recently, Chevrolet dealership officials were shown a five-door hatchback version of the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze during its annual dealer body meeting in Las Vegas. Executives reportedly said that the hatch will launch in the U.S. at the same time as the Cruze four-door sedan.
Meanwhile, the first-generation Cruze will continue on for at least one more model year as the as the fleet-only Cruze Limited.