As if a plethora of color changes, the addition of push-button start with keyless entry, and the incorporation of a color touchscreen navigation system weren’t enough, the 2012 Chevy Cruze will also receive a bunch of small changes to its interior.
For starters, GM Authority sources confirmed Chevy’s plans to drop the six-way power driver’s seat down to a four-way while adding power controls to the passenger-side four-way seat. This means that the height of the driver’s seat will now be operated via a manual lever rather than electric power.
Moreover, sources revealed that the sliding mechanism in the front center armrest of the Cruze will be changed, presumably to prevent the ease with which the armrest is capable of being pushed back from its forward-most position. The change would be accomplished by a change in the detent mechanism of the armrest.
Finally, the contour of the rear seat will be modified — although sourced didn’t specify the shape, or form.
The GM Authority Take
One step forward, one step back… while the addition of power controls to the passenger seat are more than welcome, it seems that something had to give — and that something was the height adjustment of the driver’s seat. And even though most drivers probably don’t adjust the height of their seat as often as they change the position of the backrest, the revision definitely reeks of cost cutting measures.
The update to the armrest, however, is much needed. It’s very often that I notice the armrest sliding back to its back-most position, requiring me to manually move it forward, thereby taking my attention off the road ahead.
Unfortunately, we can’t speak to the rear seat situation with any kind of authority (pun very much intended), since we aren’t aware of the extent of those changes. Looks like we’ll have to wait for this one to come out to make any kind of real judgement.
Whether these changes will also make their way to the Holden Cruze is not known at this point, but if we were to put some money on it, we’d say that the Holden will also be the proud recipient of these changes.