It’s no secret that the Chevy Cruze has received its fair share of accolades all over the world. And as the Delta II-based sedan goes on sale in the U.S. in just a couple short weeks, the road police in St. Petersburg, Russia are getting a special version of the Cruze for themselves.
Even though details are scarce, we know that this special-edition Cruze is powered by the (rather anemic) 1.8 liter ECOTEC four-banger making a measly 141 horsepower. Chevrolet has already delivered the first 33 Cruze police vehicles to St. Pete’s road authorities (officially named GIBBD, or ГИБДД) and expects to deliver another 70 units in the near future. In total, the entire Cruze road police fleet will be made up of no less than 100 Cruzes.
So, why did the St. Petersburg road police choose the Cruze as its preferred vehicle of choice? Chevy cites qualities such as durability and affordability, but we would like to bring up another rather poignant fact: the Cruze is manufactured on the outskirts of St. Pete. How’s that for convenient?
The civilian version of the Cruze has a starting price of 540,000 rubles, or just over $17,235 USD.