In addition to the push-button start with keyless entry making its way to the 2012 Cruze, our sources have let us know about the addition of a touchscreen interface to Chevy’s newly-released compact sedan.
While specifics still seem to be under consideration, it appears that the Cruze 2LT and LTZ trim levels will get an all-new color touchscreen display that will be configurable with or without a navigation system. This means that the touchscreen will be standard on the 2LT and LTZ packages and the nav will be an option added to the touchscreen. According to GM Authority sources, the actual design of the display’s enclosure won’t change; instead, the current half inch-thick border around the screen (pictured) will be removed, allowing the monitor to take up the entire space.
The LS and 1LT trim levels, however, will soldier on with the current monochrome display without the touchscreen functionality — as is currently the case on 2011 model-year Cruzen.
Although details are still scarce, the 2012 Buick Verano will also receive a color touchscreen similar to that of the Cruze.
The GM Authority Take
The color touchscreen is a very welcome addition, especially given the recent announcement of the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system that requires the presence of (at the very least) a seven inch color touchscreen display. And considering that the Cruze’s most viable competition (read: all-new Hyundai Elanantra and Ford Focus) already offer color touchscreens, this seems like a no-brainer to us.