Today is the day that General Motors has finally pulled the sheet off the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze sedan. With it comes an all-new design inside and out, a new chassis, new powertrains, technology… you name it. It’s new.
As previewed with the four other vehicles Chevrolet has revealed previously this year, the design adopts a very angular and modern aesthetic that bears a very striking family resemblance to the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, while the rear tail lamps appear to carry some Corvette design elements that have also found themselves in larger Chevy sedans. Sharp. Overall, the length of the 2016 Cruze is 2.7 inches longer than before, with an inch of that making up an addition to the wheelbase. Meanwhile, there’s an extra 2 inches of rear legroom.
Despite the increase in proportions, the 2016 Cruze is 250 pounds lighter than before, with a 44-pound subtraction coming from the all-new 1.4L EcoTec turbocharged engine. Now with a top-mounted intercooler, direct injection, and an estimated 150 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. There’s also a new, lighter, smaller 6T35 six-speed automatic transmission that will be mated to the engine — as will a six-speed manual transmission. The expectation is to surpass 40 miles per gallon on the highway, but official numbers are still a ways out.
Naturally, one engine option isn’t enough. So Chevrolet is also equipping the 2016 Cruze with the new 1.6L Whisper Diesel engine, as seen in several Opel models. NVH levels on the oil-burner are said to be best-in-class, according to Chevrolet, and hence the nickname of the mill.
Technology (and stuff) is also a big talking point here. With Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, along with OnStar 4G LTE capability, a sleek 8-inch touch screen, and a suite of active safety features to help prevent you from drifting into a ditch while operating all the cabin gizmos, the 2016 Cruze should be sufficient enough to make any Silicon Valley techie blush.
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