A second-generation Chevrolet Cruze has been caught completely uncovered in a parking lot outside General Motors’ plant in Shanghai. This example reportedly represents a China-only model with a shorter wheelbase, which will debut next month at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.
As pre-production photos suggested, the new Cruze’s front end bears close resemblance to the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. The two-tier grille features a narrow upper section with a wide-mouth lower part, flanked by two fog lamps and a strip of a LED lights. The body is sharper overall with a higher waistline and a coupe-like sloping roof. Out back, the taillights are slim and angular, with a third center-mounted brake light integrated into the trunk-lid.
The Cruze will debut the all-new Ecotec 1.4-liter turbocharged and 1.5-liter engines for the Chinese market. The 1.5L will produce 113 hp and 108 lb-ft of torque, while the turbo will make 140 hp and 173 lb-ft. It will be available with either a six-speed manual transmission, or a seven-speed dual clutch automatic unit.
According to Car News China, the mildly refreshed version of the current generation Cruze which was spotted earlier this month will be sold alongside the new 2015 model in China as the Cruze Classic, to serve as a budget alternative to the all-new Cruze, much like what Ford does with the Focus and Focus Classic in the country.
The second-generation U.S. market Cruze was originally scheduled to debut later this year, but the launch was pushed back until December of 2015 due to “engineering changes”. No details on the U.S. model have been confirmed so far.